Gaza Ceasefire Agreement: The Two Demands That Hamas Stands Ahead

Last Updated on April 30, 2024 9:08 am

Hamas has taken a firm stand on two demands regarding the ceasefire and hostage exchange agreement with Israel.

The organization said it would not accept any proposal unless two conditions were met: a permanent ceasefire and a full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

Both Hamas conditions have reportedly become key issues in the ceasefire talks for negotiators.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken claimed that the Israeli proposal was a “uniquely general liberal” proposal. And Egypt’s foreign minister said he was “optimistic” about the new proposal.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said there is a possibility of a 40-day ceasefire agreement in exchange for the release of hostages from Gaza.

However, Osama Hamdan, a senior leader of Hamas, said that stopping attacks against Palestinians is not a liberal act. Assault itself is a crime. So when you stop committing a crime, you can’t claim it’s an act of generosity on the part of Israel.

The United States, Egypt and Qatar will work to ensure the full implementation of the Israel-Hamas agreement.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has assured Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani that if there is an agreement between Israel and Hamas on Gaza, the three countries will “work to fully implement” the terms of the cease-fire agreement.

Meanwhile, the White House said in a statement that Biden told the two leaders that the exchange of prisoners is now in the hands of Hamas. They are the only obstacle to an immediate ceasefire and relief to the civilians of Gaza.

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