'Hamas official confirms indirect talks with Israel'

Khalil al-Hayya says Hamas, Israel holding talks concerning implementation of ceasefire, Palestinian news agency reports.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 17, 2013 22:50
Downtown Cairo.

Downtown Cairo 521. (photo credit: Wikicommons)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya on Sunday confirmed that the movement is engaging in indirect talks with Israel over the implementation of the ceasefire deal agreed upon following Operation Pillar of Defense, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

However, he stressed that these talks cannot be described as political negotiations and only concern the ceasefire, according to the report.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


His comments follow a Channel 2 report on Friday that said that Israel and Hamas are conducting indirect negotiations with Egypt serving as mediator between the sides.

According to the report, the sides are discussing the possible opening of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to construction materials and other staple items.

Egyptian media reported Friday that an Israeli delegation met with Egyptian officials in Cairo on Thursday to discuss a number of regional security issues as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

According to the Channel 2 report, the Israeli delegation's trip to Cairo was part of the indirect talks with Hamas.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN