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Palestinian factions will not plead for ceasefire with Israel says Islamic Jihad leader

April 8, 2008 4:31 P.M. (Updated: April 8, 2008 4:31 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian military groups will not plead for a ceasefire with Israel while it continues to operate in the West Bank in tandem with stipulating that the Palestinian military groups stop firing homemade projectiles at Israeli towns, senior Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Al-Hindi said on Tuesday.

He told journalists in Gaza City that Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip has failed as did Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip in March. He added that Israel will not invade the Strip as they realize that an invasion will not stop Palestinian homemade projectiles being fired at Israeli towns.

The only choice Israel has is to consider the Egyptian suggestions for a ceasefire, he added.

He said that Egypt is facing a very embarrassing situation with the continuation of the crippling siege on the Gaza Strip. The situation may explode anew, leaving the Egyptians with one of two choices - either to open their borders or to open fire on Gazan citizens at the borders. "Continuation of the siege is a stigma of disgrace in the face of the Arab countries," he said.

"Israel will need to face the possibility that projectiles continue to land in its territories even after their incursions in the Gaza Strip because both the Palestinian president and the Arab countries will refuse to take control of the Strip following an Israeli invasion," Al-Hindi explained.

With regards to the inter-Palestinian crisis and disagreement, Al-Hindi expects that it will not last long as the Palestinians will sooner or later overcome the crisis. He highlighted the fact that other Palestinian factions have failed to achieve reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah because those factions are partners in the Palestinian question rather than mediators.

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