Israel’s TV13 News reports the Egyptian-brokered peace talks between Israel and Hamas, the Gaza enclave’s ruling radical Islamic terror group, is progressing towards a ‘long-term cease fire’.
– PM Netanyahu reminds Hamas that they will be held accountable for any attack emanating from the Palestinian enclave.
“Significant progress” has been made in Egyptian-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas group, Israel’s Channel 13 News reported on Sunday based on Palestinian sources.
There are still issues in dispute as negotiations continue, while Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh is expected to meet top intelligence officials in Cairo Monday.
The talks come following what has become a routine tit-for-tat exchange of Gaza rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes over the weekend.
During a cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Hamas’ accountability for any attacks emanating from the Palestinian enclave, despite the last serious escalation a few weeks ago that saw some 450 rockets launched towards Israel — distinctly attributed to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
“We have acted against the Islamic Jihad. It’s, of course, our right to act against all terroristic elements, but we don’t exempt Hamas of responsibility for any attack coming out of the Gaza strip against us,” said the premier as his Likud party scrambles to try to retain its power amid a coalition crisis that has left Israel without an incoming government.
Netanyahu defended Israel’s policy against Hamas by citing the international law edict that “a government was responsible for its territory, in the sense that it was responsible for any offensive action emanating from its territory against another country.”
Top rival Benny Gantz said on Saturday that despite all of Israel’s internal struggles, the country remains united in the face of the outside security threats.
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