"Hamas's calls for a mutual de-escalation does not stem from a desire for a cease-fire," Vice Premier Haim Ramon said Wednesday morning following reports that Hamas was calling for a cease-fire in exchange for the cessation of targeted killings and economic sanctions on the Gaza Strip.
"Hamas controls the Strip, and with a single order it can end the firing of Kassam rockets at Israel," Ramon told Israel Radio. "We must keep up military pressure and step up the sanctions, and thus undermine Hamas rule in Gaza."
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