Hamas Continues Dialogue with Egyptian Officials Regarding Ceasefire with Israel


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

Hamas representatives and Egyptian officials continued their dialogue sessions on Sunday in Cairo to discuss their ceasefire with Israel, according to a Palestinian news website run by the so-called political-wing of Hamas.

The Palestinian media claimed that a Hamas delegation met with Egypt’s intelligence director Omar Suleima to discuss their shaky truce with Israel and the possible reopening of Gaza border crossings.

While Hamas representatives met with Egyptian security leaders, commanders of other Palestinian groups such as Islamic Jihad in Gaza said they received an Egyptian invitation to join the ceasefire dialogue in Cairo. The Islamic Jihad and several left-wing parties are planning to head to Egypt soon., according to a US State Department statement.

The Syrian-based Hamas commander Mohamed Nazzal told the Hamas-run news website that the discussion with Suleima will “focus on the truce, reopening border crossings and the case of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.”

Nazzal added that “the issue of arms smuggling will be discussed, but Hamas is not interested [sic] to discuss because arms are not smuggled from Egypt to Gaza, it is smuggled from Gaza to Egypt.”

Ayman Taha, a de facto Hamas truce negotiator, who is currently meeting Egyptian security officials in Cairo, had earlier told news reporters that “the aim of the talks with Egyptian officials is first to reach a long term ceasefire [with Israel].”

The Hamas-run news website published conditions to achieve a ceasefire, saying that “Hamas wants a ceasefire [sic] with all border crossings permanently opened and end the full tight blockade on Gaza Strip.”

Hamas also demands that the Rafah border crossing between Gaza Strip and Egypt be reopened “because it is the only Gaza window to the outside world.”

“Hamas accepts the presence of European observers as well as security officers belong to President Mahmoud Abbas, within certain arrangement that Hamas refused to give more details about it,” said the website.

Eight days ago, Hamas and other Gaza militant groups accepted a one-week ceasefire with Israel to give diplomats an chance to reinforce “a longer [sic] term of a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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