Report: Hamas Official Confirms Indirect Talks With Israel
by Zach Pontz
A Senior Hamas official confirmed Sunday that the terror organization is holding indirect talks with Israel over the implementation of a ceasefire deal, but insisted that they did not amount to political negotiations.
According to Ma’an News Agency, Khalil al-Hayya was commenting on a report on Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Friday, which said Israeli and Hamas representatives had been negotiating for weeks.
According to the Channel 2 report, the talks include the possibility of Israel permitting Egypt to open its Rafah border with Gaza to allow the entry of Qatari-donated construction materials, and trade with Israel.
Al-Hayya told Ma’an that the framework of the talks is based solely on the ceasefire deal which ended the eight-day conflict in November.
There are no contacts or meetings of a political nature, he said, reconfirming Hamas’s position of being unwilling to negotiate politically with Israel.