Quraya to meet resistance groups

The Palestinian prime minister is due to hold talks with Islamic resistance groups to try to persuade them to halt anti-Israeli attacks.

    Quraya was installed as prime minister last week

    Ahmad Quraya will meet representatives of

    Hamas and Islamic Jihad in

    Gaza City on Wednesday, as well as

    Egyptian intelligence officials who helped broker a previous

    truce with Israel

    .

    Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad al-Hindi said his group was

    ready to meet with Quraya and discuss a suspension of

    bombings.

    "We can speak about sparing civilians, but we are not in favour

    of discussing a complete truce because it is against the interests of

    the Palestinian people," he said. "We cannot give

    (Israel) a truce for free."

    One-sided truce 

    There has been no response so far from Hamas, whose leadership

    has been in hiding in recent weeks after Israel declared an "all-out

    war" on the organisation.

    But Ahmad Ghunaim, a member of President Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement, told Aljazeera that any truce would have to be observed by both sides. 

    “The previous ceasefire was implemented by the Palestinian side only,” he said.

    “Palestinian factions still doubt the Israeli commitment to the ceasefire. Therefore, a third international side, such as the Quartet or the United States, should intervene to guarantee the implementation of the new ceasefire by both sides”

    Ahmed Ghunaim,

    Fatah

    “It was then called off due to Israel’s continuous aggression against the Palestinians, the assassinations of resistance leaders, the continuous siege imposed on Palestinian leader Arafat, and the closures imposed on Palestinian territories."

    Impartial observers

    He added: ““Palestinian factions still doubt the Israeli commitment to the ceasefire. Therefore, a third international side, such as the Quartet or the United States, should intervene to guarantee the implementation of the new ceasefire by both sides.”   

    Quraya, who was formally installed as premier last week, has made

    securing a mutual truce with Israel the top priority of his new

    government.

    Israel has said it will only regard Quraya as a partner for peace

    if he shows a willingness to dismantle the "terror infrastructure" of

    organisations such as Hamas

    .

    And Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said in Brussels on Tuesday that a

    truce in itself did not constitute "a solution".

    West Bank shooting

    Meanwhile, two Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were injured late on Tuesday in the West Bank, Aljazeera has reported.

    One of the Palestinians injured said an Israeli patrol stopped their car while they were heading towards Ram Allah.

    While checking their ID cards, the soldiers opened fire at the passengers, injuring two. No other details were immediately available.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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