Israel rejects Hamas's request to open crossings

Israel rejected Thursday the offer made by deposed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh that Israel open crossings to the Gaza Strip if Hamas promises not to carry out terror attacks, Israel Radio reported. According to a defense official, the offer is not practical and Israel does not intend to strengthen the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. The official said that there was no humanitarian crisis in Gaza and that goods were being transferred through the Sufa and Kerem Shalom crossings on a daily basis.