Yet the truce terms require "'all Palestinian factions' to stop all hostilities toward Israel from Gaza, including rocket fire and attacks along the Gaza-Israel border." So what is Hamas going to do with all these weapons? Or is Marzouk blithely signaling that Hamas has no intention of keeping the truce at all? After all, why not? What's the downside for them? The dhimmis in the U.S. and Europe will still rush to fulfill Hamas's every demand, no matter what. "AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 rejects Gaza arms halt," by Mohammed Daraghmeh for the Associated Press, November 24:
CAIRO (AP) — Gaza's ruling Hamas will not stop arming itself, the No. 2 in the Palestinian group told The Associated Press on Saturday, signaling tough challenges ahead for indirect negotiations between Israel and the Islamist militants on a new border deal for Gaza.
The talks are being brokered by Egypt, which also helped forge a cease-fire deal that ended eight days of Israel-Gaza fighting earlier this week....
Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy to Hamas' top leader in exile Khaled Mashaal, said talks on a further easing of restrictions are to be held in Cairo on Monday. Hamas and Israel do not meet directly and the indirect talks are held through Egyptian intermediaries.
An Israeli security official has said Israel would likely link a significant easing of Gaza's border blockade to Hamas' willingness to stop arming itself. Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment Saturday.
However, Abu Marzouk rejected such demands. "These weapons protected us and there is no way to stop obtaining and manufacturing them," he said in an interview at his office on the outskirts of Cairo.
Hamas officials in Gaza have said they have developed a local arms industry. Meanwhile, Mashaal has said the group has received weapons from Iran since Israel's last Gaza offensive four years ago.
Hamas smuggles such weapons into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt....