Meshaal: War Must Be Stopped by Party that Started It and on Our Conditions

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Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said Monday his movement is committed to efforts to secure a truce with Israel, but insisted the Jewish state must lift its six-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

"We are committed to a ceasefire, but Israel must stop its aggression," Meshaal said. “We don't want an escalation, because Hamas and all resistance factions are courageous but they are also rational," he added.

“The morale in Gaza is very high,” the Islamist leader boasted.

Nearly 100 people have been killed in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip since Israel began a massive air campaign aimed at halting rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave on Wednesday.

The Hamas chief, who was in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials who are trying to broker a ceasefire, said Israel had sought a truce.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Netanyahu called the U.S., Europe and Egypt asking for a truce," Meshaal told a news conference.

“The limited amount of weapons in Gaza has confused Netanyahu and his army,” he added.

"We are not against a calming, but we want our demands... to end the thuggery, to end the aggression and to lift the blockade," said the Hamas chief.

Meshaal said his Islamist movement would reject any Israeli preconditions for a ceasefire because "they started the aggression".

“The ferocious war must be stopped by the party that started it and on our conditions. This is the stance of the resistance and all people in Gaza,” he noted.

“You can bet on this resistance on the ground and we achieved balance in this war within 48 hours,” Meshaal reassured.

He pointed out that Netanyahu knows that a ground operation “would not be a stroll in the park and that it might make him lose the elections.”

During his visit to Cairo, Meshaal has met with Egypt's intelligence services, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Saturday, he said the Islamist group was reluctant to agree a ceasefire without guarantees Israel will honor it.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian official in Cairo said there were "encouraging signs" regarding a truce.

"We've received encouraging signals that it might be possible to stop the fighting and the bloodshed," the official said, before Meshaal's news conference.

"I hope, that maybe by the end of the day, we receive a final signal of what may be achieved to stop hostilities," he said.

"Both sides are saying a ceasefire is important and that there should be guarantees, but these guarantees are different," the official said.

Hamas' last sustained conflict with Israel in December 2008-January 2009 ended with an Egyptian mediated truce that was meant to guarantee a loosening of Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Meshaal warned that the Israelis “would be committing a folly if they waged a ground invasion.”

Later on Monday, the Israeli cabinet met to discuss an Egyptian plan for ending the conflict, a senior government official said.

The official refused to identify the points of Egypt's proposal, which emerged following a full day of indirect negotiations in Cairo on Sunday between Israeli officials and Palestinian representatives.

Israeli public radio, however, said Israel wanted to see a 24- to 48-hour truce take effect that could then be used to negotiate the finer details of the full ceasefire agreement.

The radio report also noted that most army attacks on Gaza had halted some two to three hours before the start of the cabinet meeting.

There was no immediate indication on whether a firm decision on Egypt's proposal would emerge from Monday's meeting.

The government's decision to address a possible truce coincides with a new round of intensive diplomacy with U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in the region for meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian officials in the coming days.

Israel had earlier threatened to expand its offensive should Hamas fail to rein in the hail of rockets fired at Israel over the past six days.

Comments 22
Missing mmckinl 19 November 2012, 18:26

Israel may have inflicted more physical damage on Hamas than Hamas on Israel but in the battle for the hearts and minds of the world Israel has suffered an incalculable defeat.

Thumb bigsami 19 November 2012, 19:34

Yeah just with your similar dream of "incalculable" defeat that HA gave Israel. First off I despise the Israeli leadership and their disgusting schemes worldwide BUT I am not gullible and a realist. They whipped Hamas and HA alike and feel lucky they did not finish the job. Sometimes you should count your blessing because there may not be a second time. If you live by the sword and aggression then be prepared to die by it. This is the exact path these tow terror group are taking and have no consideration/care about the bloody ramification that will fall on the innocent people. Get the hell out of the Middle East and move to Iran.

What a truly lame post and most likely another one of BSThrowers infamous aliases.

Thumb zahhet 19 November 2012, 19:39

lier wahhabi israeli collaborator & traitor!

Thumb bigsami 19 November 2012, 20:00

LMAO.....what is it with you prehistoric apes with your "wahhabi this wahhabi that"....Zahlet = ASSesitance...

Give it a break and move on with life. By living in the past you are only hurting yourself while the rest of the world laughs at you. Mish makoul!

Default-user-icon Alkhair (Guest) 19 November 2012, 20:12

Funny the self confessed Zionist Terrorist talk about " living by sword " Say no more .

Missing phillipo 19 November 2012, 18:47

Stop watching al-Manar TV. Start watching BBC, Sky, France 2, not to mention the US channels and you'll see that every single one of them agrees that Hamas started this round. Even Al-Jezeera and this Naharnet website also agree.

Missing mmckinl 19 November 2012, 18:56

Wrong again Mr Zionist ... Almost all channels are covering the Gaza carnage in regards to the deaths of innocent civilians.

Missing phillipo 19 November 2012, 19:38

Once again you and you assumptions because someone doesn't agree with you. The way you are going on you'll convert me into a Zionist.
Presumably when you talk about the deaths of innocent civilians you are talking about the 3 Israeli killed in a house in Kiryat Malachi.
You just missed a broadcast from a Sky correspondent in Gaza stating categorically that Hamas started the current round of firing. However, why should you be bothered with the truth.

Missing phillipo 19 November 2012, 19:35

I don't know which history you read, but I know what I am talking about. I happen to have a degree in Middle East history (45 years ago) from a University in England.
There are recordings of the Arab Leadership in 1948 telling the Arab population to leave their houses for Lebanon and Gaza so that they can wipe up the Jews and they will be back in their homes in two weeks.
It wasn't Palestinians who went into Israel in 1948, it was 850,000 Jewish refugees who were kicked out of Arab States.

Thumb bigsami 19 November 2012, 19:37

Your 100% correct phillipo but don;t waste your time.....these conditioned fools only listen to the lies that come out of their village clergyman......and then bend over to chant Gods name in vain after having inflicted bloodshed everywhere. No God would want anything to do with these terrorists!

Missing alkhair 19 November 2012, 20:27

Why don't you both move over to Warsaw where your fellow Europeans are waiting for you with blackbread and suages

Default-user-icon Alkhair (Guest) 19 November 2012, 19:44

I was very surprised how even the CNN was reporting this inhumanity with obvious disgust. As for BBC and Sky even if they cry while showing this barbarism it is no more the ters of a Crock. Never forhet Brain of Zionsm is in London and arms in US.

Default-user-icon Abulkhair Sarhandi (Guest) 19 November 2012, 19:03

The Zionist Entity in Palestine must learn that 8.5-10 million Palestinians around the world have Right to Return to their Villages, Farms and Towns regardless whether they are replaced by fake names or demolished. The UNO that created this false entity was a false UNO as at that time majorty of Countries were either under Imperliest control or direct rule. Again even the False UNO which created this false European Entity in Palestine had given the Palestinians Right to Return as mentioned above. Yes even that Fake UNO Resolution is a coin with 2 sides to it. 1 NO Return 2 No Zinoland. Looking from all angles enough is enough Zionist must return home to fellow Europeans or be like a caged beast who can roar and froth but can never get out of its cage. Remember also that the countries that sponcered this Enties are also waking up to the fact that the False Entity is the hoarding ground of periodically diappearence of trillions of dollars rom their pockets.

Missing roger@10452 19 November 2012, 19:46

why would anyone expect Isreal to care when the palestinians themselves dont give a damn about their own people and most of the time they use them as their human shield. And on top of that the leaders of all the arab countries only give their lip-service in public and deep down they are not phased one way or another with all the fighting...I wonder why poeple feel this way about them poor palestinian folks???

Thumb bigsami 19 November 2012, 20:02

Well stated roger. You may have to put in a 'Fischer Price' terminology for those still frozen in the stone age.

Missing roger@10452 19 November 2012, 20:04

bigsami, one day they will learn too or maybe not...

Missing alkhair 19 November 2012, 20:28

I doubt if you are asaf. May be Zino PM from Tel Abib.

Missing samiam 19 November 2012, 20:33

Now I am not supporting the extent of Israel's actions, but wouldn't hamas would have been smarter in making defensive weapons, you know, ones that can actually help DEFEND their county instead of launching a bunch of crude missiles in fields somewhere? I feel sorry for the people of Gaza who have 'voted; for these militants have had to endure the consequences of it.

Thumb andre.jabbour 19 November 2012, 23:41

3aal walla mish3aal?

Thumb joesikemrex 20 November 2012, 01:03

Stupid terrorsit

Missing shootingstar 20 November 2012, 03:28

Why they keep labeling freedom fighters as terrorist. Jews were a freedom fighters against the Nazi's during WW2 and no body label them terrorist. Only because they are Arabs they are called terrorist.
freedom fighter is a person engaged in a resistance movement against what they believe to be an oppressive and illegitimate government.

Missing phillipo 20 November 2012, 07:29

"freedom fighter is a person engaged in a resistance movement against what they believe to be an oppressive and illegitimate government."
100% correct - freedom fighters are those who want to internally fight against the oppressive and illegitimate government in Gaza, just as in Syria.
Terrorists are those who to fight against legitimate governments either in their own or other countries.