- Title: Hamas chief details terms for calm with Israel
- Date: 20th June 2019
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (JUNE 20, 2019) (REUTERS) HAMAS LEADER ISMAEL HANIYEH AT CONFERENCE CAMERA OPERATOR AT CONFERENCE HANIYEH SEATED AT NEWS CONFERENCE TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER ISMAEL HANIYEH, SAYING: "The understanding we reached through the mediation of the United Nations, Egypt and Qatar, is being handled by the Israeli occupation slowly and with disrespect to what we have reached of an understanding by the mediators in this matter. Therefore, the understanding is in danger." SIGN OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER ISMAEL HANIYEH, SAYING: "We reject the Manama conference and we reject transforming the Palestinian cause from a political cause to a humanitarian cause. We reject for the Bahrain conference to be a normalisation between the Israeli occupation and the Arab and Islamic countries, and definitely the Palestinian people will address all of that." HANIYEH AT NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTER WRITING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER ISMAEL HANIYEH, SAYING: "The deal of the century that is being discussed and while we have not seen its details nor was it published yet, but what is happening on the ground foretells a real danger on the Palestinian national project. Moving the U.S. embassy to occupied Jerusalem, joining the Golan Heights to the Israeli occupation state, legalising settlements in the West Bank, and giving the green light to annexing the West Bank and joining it to the occupation state, continuing the siege on the Gaza Strip and denying the right of return, all of this indicates that this deal is destructive to the Palestinian national project." HANIYEH AT CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 4th July 2019 13:49
- Keywords: Israel Hanyeh Palestinians Hamas Deal of the century
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text:Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh warned during a news conference in Gaza City on Thursday (June 20) that an agreement negotiated to regain calm along the Gaza-Israel border was "in danger".
Haniyeh said Palestinian factions were committed to calm and have kept protesters away from the border fence, also stopping the use of incendiary balloons and night border demonstrations.
However, he blamed Israel for not implementing the agreed terms.
A ceasefire to end a surge of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel took hold last month, after Palestinian officials said Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations had mediated a truce ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israel does not acknowledge ceasefire deals with Gaza militant groups, which it considers terrorist organisations, but officials in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government spoke of a reciprocal return to quiet.
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