Hamas Official: We Demand the Rebuilding of Gaza or We Resume Attacks
Sheikh Hassan Yousef says Hamas is reportedly demanding help to rebuild Gaza Strip in exchange for calm, and threatens attacks if help is not received.
By Daniel Siryoti
Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas’ leaders in the West Bank, has confirmed for the first time that Israel and Hamas are in the midst of negotiations via mediators.
Sheikh Hassan Yousef: Hamas is negotiating with Israel – Photo credit: Reuters
Upon his recent release from Israeli prison, Yousef told Channel 1 journalist Yoram Cohen that Hamas and Israel are trying to work out a deal for long-term calm with Gaza.
According to Yousef, the father of “Son of Hamas” author Mosab Hassan Yousef, the deal being negotiated involves Israel helping Gaza rebuild following last summer’s war and providing a floating port along the Gaza coast, in exchange for Hamas keeping the calm in the long term.
Yousef warned that if Gaza is not rebuilt soon, a conflagration will result.
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