An Islamic Jihad militant attends an anti-Israel rally in Rafah..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Ramadan Abdullah Salah, head of Islamic Jihad's political bureau, said in an interview with Lebanese news agency Al-Mayadeen Saturday that his organization was prepared to launch rockets into Israel if Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan died protesting his detention.
The High Court of Justice ordered the release of Allan
Salah went on to say that after consulting with leaders from Hamas' military wing al-Qassam Brigades, Islamic Jihad fighters would not be opposed by Hamas, and only requested advanced notification of an assault in order to prepare for an Israeli response.
from his administrative detention a little over a week ago due to his deteriorating medical condition, including the revelation that his brain had been damaged.
Allan, 31, had been on a hunger strike following his detention by security forces, which have yet to charge him with a crime. He awoke from his coma August 18 and vowed to continue the hunger strike, rejecting an offer of deportation from the state.
Salah also denied reports that Israel and Hamas were engaged in indirect negotiations on an extended ceasefire agreement being brokered by former UK prime minister Tony Blair.
Tony Blair has reportedly been trying to broker a long-term truce between the sides in recent weeks. Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said that Hamas turned down an invitation from Blair to send its representatives to London in order to discussed the proposed agreement.
Kayed al-Ghul, a senior official of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said earlier this month
that the proposals received by Hamas through Blair call for halting the development of weapons and for the digging of tunnels, in return for lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The proposals
, according to the PFLP official, also envisage the creation of a “water passage” to the Gaza Strip that would be under the supervision of Israel. He added that various international parties have been making serious efforts to reach an agreement between Hamas and Israel that would be compatible with the latter’s conditions.
Israel has denied that is carrying out negotiations with Hamas.
Zahar said that Hamas's "resistance" against Israel had raised the standing of the organization in the world and brought international players to attempt to make agreements with the group. He said that the success of the organization in Gaza should be replicated in the West Bank.JPost.com staff contributed to this article
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