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Report: Hamas, Islamic Jihad offer 10-year truce
Published Wednesday 16/07/2014 (updated) 17/07/2014 14:03
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Islamic Jihad have submitted a list of 10 demands to Egypt to establish a 10-year truce with Israel, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Wednesday.

Maariv quoted a “high-profile” Palestinian source as confirming that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were willing to sign a truce if their 10 conditions were met.

The first demand, according to Maariv, is the withdrawal of Israeli military tanks from the border fence area to a distance that enables Gaza farmers to access their fields and tend them freely.

In addition, Israel must free all Palestinian prisoners detained after the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the southern West Bank including those who were freed as part of Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. This precondition also includes softening procedures against all prisoners in Israeli custody.

A third demand stipulates that Israel ends the crippling siege on the coastal enclave, which means reopening all border crossings and allowing the entry of construction materials and all requirements needed to run the Gaza Strip’s power station.

The fourth demand stipulates the opening of an international seaport and international airport in the Gaza Strip to be run and monitored by the United Nations.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad also demanded that Israel increases the Gaza fishing zone to 10 nautical miles and allows Gaza fishermen to use large fishing ships.

Furthermore, the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip should be monitored by international crews from friendly and Arab countries.

Israel must commit to a ceasefire for 10 years which includes closing Gaza airspace to Israeli aircraft, it added.

Moreover, Israel must give Gaza residents permission to visit Jerusalem and pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Another stipulation demands that Israel abstain from any intervention in Palestinian internal affairs including political arrangements and the reconciliation agreement and all its consequences.

Finally, the Gaza industrial zone must be re-established.
1 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
16/07/2014 15:37
If this report is true, then bravo to Hamas & PIJ. Nothing contained here could be construed as unreasonable. Further ten years is a long time, during which time, should Gaza be reconstructed & thrive, there could be a shift in thinking on both sides (Israel/Palestine) that could finally lead to lasting peace. Whatever Israel thinks, Hamas & PIJ are intelligent & forward thinking. Time to start building bridges. To gain respect you have to earn respect, move forward, this is a good deal for all.

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
16/07/2014 15:41
Reasonable demands except for another added point that occupation should end within months rather than YEARS. No more negotiations for the sake of negotiations and should have a neutral body instaed of U*S

3 ) JoeFattal / USA
16/07/2014 17:30
Perfect deal. Don't see nothing wrong with it. But I don't see Israel accepting that. They want an unconditional ceasefire.

4 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 19:08
Very reasonable, LOCALLY. But the overall Israel occuaption of PALESTINE continues, Hamas must think NATIONALLY not factionally. Israel has EXPANDED its terroritory,illegally,but must not SHRINK the peripheral vision of ALL Palestinians. National state not factional Bantustans.You aim TOO low Hamas.You don't need to offer 10 years when the last 67yrs alone are Palestine's right.You know Israel will break a months ceasefire alone!Everything you are asking for IS THE END TO OCCUPATION.

5 ) Angel / US
16/07/2014 19:13
What happens whe the ten years are up. War all over again. Israel needs to keep pushinh forwqrd and end this.

6 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 19:25
Cont:Don't short-change Palestine,Hamas.Everything that IS Palestine is in UN Resolutions for partitioned Palestine & you don't ask"permission"of an ILLEGAL occupier to visit E.Jerusalem! It's yours by intrnl law.Don't sound like a subordinate,Hamas!You don't NEED bigotted,apartheid Zionist permit,for Muslims to pray at Al Aqsa!That's your RIGHT!You know anyway,that expansionist,theocracy"Israel won't accept terms that THREATEN Zionism's Absolutist GOAL;to PURGE everything/one,non-Jewish!

7 ) Catherin / Canada
16/07/2014 19:27
So how do we convince Israeli extremists to drop the 'God gave us this Land' rhetoric and world leaders to speak in the context of zionism born in Europe in 1897 and the early Israeli terror groups' creation of Nakba. Occupation and military law against your occupied is hardly credible.

8 ) Mel / USA
16/07/2014 19:27
BTW? That guy in the picture? Has he lost his contact-lense,or something?

9 ) Ron O / Canada
16/07/2014 19:30
Good deal. Isreal wont accept as they want a final solution.

10 ) Garson / USA
16/07/2014 19:32
Israel should not give in to the Hamas's demands. This is a sign the Hamas are getting despite. Israel needs to do a ground invasion and increase air attacks until the Hamas surrenders .

11 ) David Palmer / USA
16/07/2014 19:37
Why would anyone allow a hudna with Hamas? The Islamic 'truce' is only permitted when the current fight can't be won and more time is needed to regroup and rearm. Hamas's singular reason for existence is to destroy Israel. That aim has never changed. Just like the movie, Independence Day, Hamas (the aliens who don't accept the existence of humans), doesn't accept Israel. What did the world do to the aliens? They eradicated them. The same must be done to Hamas.

12 ) Eli / USA
16/07/2014 19:41
Apearently, no one has seen the Hamas Covenant of 1988. Anyone who understands the purpose and long-term objectives of Hamas, will understand why there can be no compromising by Hamas when it comes to Jews. It is available on line. Get it, and read it. Then you can speak from an informed point of view.

13 ) David / USA
16/07/2014 19:43
More 'occupation' drivel. There are no Israelis in Gaza. The blockade was needed because Hamas was bringing in heavy weapons to use against Israel. Had Hamas NOT brought in weapons, there would be no blockade. Everything that is happening in Gaza today is because of Hamas's decisions- no one else's. Not one Gazan would be dead or injured if Hamas had not fired rockets into Israel. NOT ONE. Every injury and death is on Haniyeh's and Mashaal's heads, not Israel's.

14 ) Jojo / USA
16/07/2014 20:03
Sounds very fair - let's see how western media twists, mocks and / or ignore an honest request for FREEDOM and HUMAN DIGNITY.

15 ) Lee Ellak / United States
16/07/2014 20:05
10-year truce, then what? Hamas is only free to start attacking Israel again? And with bigger and better missiles.

16 ) Rick Tachick / Germany
16/07/2014 20:05
Nice set of demands, but as long as Hamas' retains its "from the river to the sea" motto, ie the elimination of Israel, you'd have to be pie-eyed to believe that they won't exploit such conditions as they are demanding to expand their attacks on Israel.

17 ) guillermo / mexico
16/07/2014 20:06
they need one more demand. to take all criminals of the military of israel to international court.

18 ) Stanton Cordray / Canada
16/07/2014 20:13
"In addition, Israel must free all Palestinian prisoners detained after the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the southern West Bank including those who were freed as part of Gilad Shalit prisoner swap." As always, the conditions include "let our murderers go", which is not only unreasonable, it is probably impossible under Israeli law, as it would be under the law of any civilized nation.

19 ) @ Hamas & Islamic Jihad / Forever
16/07/2014 20:15
- Israel Has Begun Anew, On How To Deal With Your War Crimes,
of hiding behind Gaza's women and children "human-shields", and
- Israel Will NOT Reward You, For Your Terrorism, Either, so
Your Demands Will Not Be Met - Ever, and If That Means "FIGHTING
in Gaza will continue" Forever, Then Gaza Will Fight & Suffer - FOREVER.

16/07/2014 20:24
The best that anyone should accept, now what is stopping the zionists. Once the USA see this they would tell them to take the deal. Common now its 10 years of no "heavy resistance" meaning no missle fire.

21 ) EW / USA
16/07/2014 20:35
Would it be unreasonable for Israel to ask for at least a freeze on misslle building/gathering? Without something like that, it makes zero sense for Israel to agree to it.

22 ) NOYB / NOYB
16/07/2014 20:36
Unconditional surrender is only answer. Hamas will come back to attack unless they truly give in unconditionally as Germans and Japanese did after WW2. That has been problem all along since 1949 -- Green Line was only an armistice and Arabs always had in mind to finish it off and kill the Jews.

23 ) @ Joe-3 / Yes & No
16/07/2014 20:36
You are correct.
- No one should "see Israel accepting" a truce that only leads to war on far worse conditions in the near future, where Hamas will have more & better rockets, and more militants with bombs all over Israel, and
- Yes, Israel probably wants an unconditional ceasefire.

24 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
16/07/2014 23:05
I'm laughing at Patrick....with his Irish humour: "Hamas & PIJ are intelligent & forward thinking" ?!?!?!? Gosh, Patrick, then why don't you go live there for a year or two and get away from the backward thinking Irish? Really...you think they are opening to an infidel like you? You think they'll allow your wife to walk around in pants without her hair covered? You think your house won't get burned down if you put a Christmas tree in front of it? Wow are you so so Irish!

25 ) Muslim / USA
16/07/2014 23:58
My wife wears pants and doesn't cover her hair. 27% of Lebanon is made up of Sunni Muslims, without a doubt I can tell you that 100% of that 27% does not wear the head scarf. Please just be a bit more educated before you go accusing people of burning someone's house down.

26 ) Tinkerbell / Palestine
17/07/2014 00:17
I wish people knew about our history and could stop Zionist extremists claiming our land is theirs. This needs some thinking about, for sure.

27 ) Outlier / USA
17/07/2014 00:20
Based on the offer, Hamas must think it is winning this conflict. Delusional.

28 ) Julie / USa
17/07/2014 06:41
Brian, why don't you go live there a year or two? You'll discover that the Palestinians are not wearing Burkhas like the Taliban controlled women. They do not think of us as infidels. And yes, his wife would be able to walk around in pants without her hair covered. Wow you are so brainwashed. David there are no Israelis in Gaza because Israel agreed to move them out. Why? So they could bomb the hell out of the place without killing their own by mistake (spin - we gave the land back) Eeejits

29 ) Catman / USA
17/07/2014 13:02
Wow, so many hasbara trolls, spewing Zionist lies to befuddle us GOYIM. How are the Israeli apologists gonna explain the brutal, deliberate cold-blooded murder of those four Gaza kids on the beach? Keep in mind that a hotel full of reporters saw the Israeli navy deliberately target those kids while playing 'hide-n-seek.'

30 ) Chris M. / USA
17/07/2014 13:10
This is pretty unrealistic in my opinion. Anything less then unconditional peace and a demilitarized Palestine is unlikely to be accepted. Some have been offered in the past, like farming up to the border, but abused military actions by militants. There are other's too but I think NBC goes over it pretty well, point by point. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/middle-east-unrest/how-realistic-are-hamas-cease-fire-terms-n157516

31 ) James / Canada
18/07/2014 00:14
Herein all these comments lies the reasons why peace will never be achieved.

32 ) RealityCheck / The World
18/07/2014 00:25
A 10 year truce eh? that should be enough time for Hamas to re-arm and dig a few more tunnels...What is the point of even talking about peace when one side doesn't even recognize the others right to live, let alone live in their own state. Everyone like to put the blame on Israel for the collapse of the 2 state solution, but Hamas never has and never will recognize Israel because they are a bunch of fundamentalist extremists, let them set up shop in Turkey or Qatar where their kind are honored.

33 ) HumanBeing / UK
18/07/2014 15:45
Israel is the oppressor! Hamas was democratically ellected by the Palestinian people because they CANNOT take it any more! What is happening here is wrong! there is no war here, just a relentless attempt to wipe out a whole population of people under the pretence that they are defending themselves! a bit like the burglar who broke in to the old ladys' house and sued the lady for shooting him! and won the lawsuit! fssss

34 ) Michael Collins / Eire
18/07/2014 16:25
Osama Hamdan speaking on Al Jazeera, said that following Israel's incursion into Gaza, most Palestinians will have lost hope of a two state solution, as there can be no trust (paraphrasing). This implies Hamas thinks about two state as an option. Hamas ceded power knowing PLO stance, so unity gov could be formed. Even if Hamas doesn't recognise Israel, it would support the majority, if that's what Palestinians wanted, for sure. The IRA fought UK for nearly 100 years, peace came through talking.

35 ) J. / USA
18/07/2014 23:27
For what its worth, there is an online petition to the White House to stop funding to Israel. There are also protests in support of Gaza going on this weekend. I am doing all I can to make sure my elected officials are aware that this genocide is not OK. Petition is here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/freeze-all-aid-israel-until-it-complies-international-law-human-rights/774gHhDD

36 ) Tibi / Tubas
18/07/2014 23:35
-1- The Islamic militants will never offer peace, and even this truce offer would be broken, as all previous ones, and -2- Truthfully, this "offer" is far more of a set of demands (Prisoner releases, Seaport, Airport, etc.) than an offer !!

37 ) Outlier / USA
19/07/2014 18:44
J., A snowball has a better chance in hell than that petition. Remember, respect and security are two-way streets, and Gaza bears much of the responsibility for breaking the informal truce.

38 ) Peace / USA
20/07/2014 06:50
Israel has no interest in peace...it's obvious as they continue their attacks, occupation, siege...don't give me the nonsense excuses for why their is a siege or that their is no occupation of Gaza...Israel conducts raids, incursions, attacks nearly every day...almost all efforts are against a civilian population...you can't ask for concessions from the occupied and those held under this brutal prison called Gaza...looks like Israel's Oven to me...in 2012 they even used incendiary bombs.Shameful

39 ) Salim / Canad
21/07/2014 02:36
Are these "demands" part of a comedy show script or more likely Hamas' way of saying "no truce and no cessation of hostilities until the Hamas leaders' quota of dead civilians is met"? It's time for the residents of Gaza to rise up in an Intefada against their terrorist warlord oppressors. Enough of Hamas' policy of robbing for rockets! Tahrir!

40 ) @ Peace-38 / USA too
21/07/2014 02:45
Before Gaza repeated launching 1,000 rockets at Israel's cities, and before Gaza repeated tunnel attacks and abduction attempts, etc., "Israel WAS interested In Peace", but now it seems "that ship has sailed". * NOW NEITHER SIDE WANTS PEACE, and it seems inevitable that * This war will become like Syria's War - A Fight To The Death, with - 100,000 will be Killed In Gaza (just like Syria), and - 1,000,000 will become Refugees From Gaza (just like Syria).

41 ) William / USA
21/07/2014 04:55
@peace - Israel has no interest in TEMPORARY peace, and that's all that's being offered. It's a re-grouping, re-arming by Gazan terrorists for the next battle. Israel wants a final peace that is lasting and thanks to Hamas and IJ, it seems the only way that's possible is with a total disarming of these terrorists, with intl oversight for the next 10 years on EVERYTHING. If that were agreed to, I'd support lifting the legal blockade on Gaza. Hamas, however, has other intentions.

42 ) William / USA
21/07/2014 05:14
@tinkerbell (#26) - Your narrative is based on loose facts, outright manipulations and fabrications, and erasing historical facts of another population. I mean - claiming Jerusalem was always an Arab city and claiming there never was a Jewish temple there. Are you mad? Claiming Arabs in Palestine as natives, all the way back to the Canaanites?? Your entire narrative ignores racism against Jews from 1919, attempts genocide, systematic terrorism? Admit your faults and your successes for credibilit

43 ) William / USA
21/07/2014 05:18
@Guillermo - why? such trolls tried to take Israeli soldiers to cout before and it never worked out. Courts kept throwing out suits because of lack of evidence. A PA member admitted that should the PA join the ICC and bring a suit, the ICC - as promised - will review everyone involved and the context of the situation. And rightly so, he predicted that it will lay fire across all aspects of "Palestinians" and their govt. And like the Palmer Report on Gaza blockade, Israel's actions deemed legal

44 ) peace 1st / usa
22/07/2014 00:24
Hamas is asking for what every country on the global has "freedom" . All they truly want is peace. Israel doesn't care about peace. They will never want peace. If Israel truly wants peace they should have moved to a country with no natives. Palestinians were there first. They can't impose on other people's land.

45 ) Outlier / USA
22/07/2014 01:00
38, Israel is interested in peace, but not with Hamas, which has vowed to destroy it. Consider the actions Israel has taken in Gaza and ask yourself, "Why does it do so and who is the target? It does so because Hamas has waged war on Israel since it took power and the target is Hamas, which hides behind Gaza citizens - no hardened shelters for them - because it does not care whether THEY die, it only cares about trying to destroy Israel. Compared to Hamas, Israel is the honorable opponent.

46 ) Abdul / India
22/07/2014 11:00
Why don' the terror israel accept the peace proposal by Hamas?they will not accept as their agenda is to occupy more and more palestine land&massacre of innocent women and children.The terror israel is against humanity and peace

47 ) David / USA
22/07/2014 18:07
I give up. The arguments supplied by the Hamas supporters defy logic. The fact that they refuse to see their 'freedom fighters' as terrorists shows that they have been professionally brainwashed from birth and that they know very little of the true history of the area. Too late to teach them now that rockets are falling on Israel. Even in war Hamas is stupid. When Japan surrendered to the USA in WWII, the US rebuilt Japan. Israel would rebuild Gaza when Hamas surrenders, but it must surrender.

48 ) Victor / US
23/07/2014 17:51
The first challenge will be having this proposal aired in the Western media. The proposal is completely reasonable and with Hamas's unity government with the PA it has at least implicitly recognized Israel. This basically removes all the stated objections that Israel has to a two state solution. Sadly that's exactly why it will be met with such opposition. The PA need help with media and public relations. I believe the American people would support this plan if they only knew of it.

49 ) Motti / Israel
23/07/2014 21:40
David, are you so naive that you honestly believe that Israel would rebuild Gaza.. Rebuild to a level fit for human beings? Do you honestly believe that Israel would allow the Palestinians to live unmolested , unoppressed and free? Well, here are quotes from our own Israeli leaders that show how wrong you are:

50 ) Motti / Israel
23/07/2014 21:43
"Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country." -- David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan's "Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938

51 ) Motti / Israel
23/07/2014 21:48
"There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist." -- Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969. "[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs." -- Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the 'Beasts,"' New Statesman, June 25, 1982.

52 ) Motti / Israel
23/07/2014 21:54
My personal favorite: "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands." -- Ariel Sharon, then the Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

53 ) Motti again / Israel
23/07/2014 22:01
Gotta love Sharon: "I want to tell you something very clear: don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it!" -Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, reported in Hebrew on the Israeli radio station, Kol Yisrael "Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial." -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online

54 ) Motti / Israel
23/07/2014 22:04
So you see, David. If the Palestinians did as the Japanese did, the. Israel would most certainly rebuild Gaza, but they would rebuild it under a different name, fill it with settlers and there would not be a single Palestinian to be found alive anywhere near it.

55 ) Chowdhury / UK
02/08/2014 19:10
Isreal interested in peace?? how, when they continue to break UN & international laws over 40 years and if Israel was interested in peace why have they continued to take more land from Palestinian people, they just wanted to wipe out Palestinian pple just as Hitler was trying to get rid of all Jews. I would have thought Isreali's who support this ethnic cleansing would be have better empathy due to the Holocust but it seems they are no better than the Nazis
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