Mashal: Hamas never agreed that Israeli troops could remain in Gaza during Ceasefire
The head of Hamas' political bureau Khaled Mashal, spoke in an interview with CNN Saturday saying that Hamas had rejected an US drafted ceasefire that was presented last weekend. Mashal said that Hamas never agreed to allow IDF troops to remain in the Gaza Strip during a ceasefire.
"A truce is a truce, but the presence of the Israeli forces inside Gaza and destroying the tunnels means it's an aggression," said Mashal in the interview.
He added that Hamas expressed its position to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry via Qatar's Foreign Minister.
"We did not deceive Mr. John Kerry, and we did not deceive the Israelis, we fight honorably," he said. "We told everyone that this is our position. ... Therefore they are the ones who should be responsible for this."