Friday 12 April 2024 - 03:01

Hamas: Netanyahu Using ‘Dirty Tools’ to Try to ‘Spoil’ Gaza Ceasefire Negotiations

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Hamas: Netanyahu Using ‘Dirty Tools’ to Try to ‘Spoil’ Gaza Ceasefire Negotiations
Basem Naim, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, told Al-Jazeera Netanyahu has failed in the last few weeks to "spoil the negotiations" and he is under pressure from "the Americans, the international community, and internal Israeli society".

“[Netanyahu] is now using all the dirty tools — by killing our children, our wives, and by assassinating leaders or some people in Damascus… He is insisting on undermining any chance to reach a ceasefire agreement,” he added.

On Wednesday, three sons and four grandchildren of the senior Hamas official were killed in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a vehicle at the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Northern part of the Gaza Strip, which is enduring a genocidal Israeli war.

The Israeli military and the regime’s so-called internal security service, Shin Bet, confirmed killing family members.

The assassination came at a time when Hamas was preparing a response to Israel’s proposal for a Gaza ceasefire delivered through mediators during the negotiations in Egypt's Cairo.

The head of the political bureau of Hamas stressed Israel’s assassination of his children will not make the Palestinian resistance group back down on its goals and demands in the latest round of talks aimed at reaching a truce in the Gaza war.

“Our demands are clear and specific and we will not make concessions on them. The enemy will be delusional if it thinks that targeting my sons, at the climax of the negotiations and before the movement sends its response, will push Hamas to change its position,” he told Al-Jazeera TV network on Wednesday night.

Haniyeh said killing his sons would only make Hamas “more steadfast in our principles and adherence to our land.”

The resistance group, he added, would “not surrender, and […] not compromise […] no matter how great our sacrifices are".

The Hamas leader also noted that around 60 members of his family, including nieces and nephews, have been martyred during the Gaza onslaught. 

“All our people and all the families of Gaza have paid a heavy price in blood, and I am one of them,” he added.

Israel waged its * war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out its historic military operation against the regime in retaliation for the regime's intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

So far, Israel has killed nearly 33,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 76,000 others.