August 10, 2014 Hamas published a statement on its military website threatening to kill thousands of Israelis and damage Israel’s economy unless their demands were met. The statement mentioned no compromise for an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, but said Hamas wanted to expand the fighting to a ’war of liberation.’
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said:
There is no turning back and the resistance will continue and with all our strength … we will not waiver on any of the demands of our people.
‘We are ready to jump-start the battle again,’ Barhoum said, threatening ‘a long war of attrition’ that would attack Israel’s large cities, disrupt airline traffic at Ben Gurion International Airport for months and create havoc for Israel’s economy.
The Hamas statement also vowed to cause ‘thousands of deaths and tens of thousands wounded and hundreds of prisoners.’
Israel has made it clear that they will not negotiate while being attacked by Hamas. Veteran news analyst Avi Isacharoff wrote:
Israel’s delegation is not in Cairo and it’s hard to see why it would be. For now the rocket attacks from Gaza are continuing and Israel has said that it won’t negotiate under fire.
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