Israel assures Abbas it isn’t talking truce with Hamas

The Times of Israel reports: “Israel has sent a message to the Palestinian Authority with a reassurance that it isn’t holding negotiations of any kind with the Islamist Hamas movement for a long-term ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources told The Times of Israel.

The message came amid suspicions in the PA that representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have been negotiating with Hamas over the terms of a five-year truce in the wake of last summer’s brutal war in the Strip.

The Prime Minister’s Office refused to comment.

During talks between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials in recent weeks in Israel, Ramallah, and abroad, the PA representatives made clear their concerns regarding the implications such a development would have on the standing of the PA among the Palestinian public. In an effort to calm the fears of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel made clear that there have been no such talks with Hamas, and that there is no intention of reaching an agreement on a truce under the current circumstances…”

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