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Hamas: Factions not encouraged to renew the lull with Israel
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08:55, December 17, 2008

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The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said on Tuesday that the Palestinian factions in Gaza are not encouraged to renew the Tahde'a (lull) with Israel as long as the latter is not committed to seriously implement it.

Hamas leader in Gaza Salah el-Bardaweel said in a statement sent to reporters that Hamas leaders held talks over the past couple of weeks with leaders of different factions in Gaza.

"Most of the factions expressed discourage to renew the Tahde'a with the occupation unless the occupation guarantees that the truce will be seriously and fully implemented," said el-Bardaweel.

He added that the Palestinian factions' leaders told his movement that "there are no enough guarantees that commits the occupation forces to the truce, therefore, there is no way to talk about it under such circumstances."

On Dec. 19, a six-month truth in the Gaza Strip brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza militant groups, led by Hamas which controls and rules the enclave, would ends, but without any news on renewing it.

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar in Gaza told reporters earlier that the Palestinians would only renew the truce with Israel, if the latter changes the terms of the truce and keeps Gaza Strip crossings opened.

However, el-Bardaweel said that the official announcement on whether his movement and factions would make their final decision to extend the truce term or not it would be on the day when it actually ends.

Asked about what will happen if the truce won't be extended, he said "basically, if there is no truce, the only way to deal with the occupation is through armed resistance by all means."

"The only thing we should do after the Tahde'a ends is what the Palestinian people usually do, which is resistance and the only way to deal with the occupation would be the only tough resistance."

Earlier, Israel said that if the Gaza militant group refuses to renew the lull, it would carry out a large-scale military operation against them in case they renew rockets attacks on its territories.


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