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UK foreign secretary urges Hamas to accept ceasefire without preconditions

Hammond meets Al-Sisi and Egyptian counterpart in Cairo to discuss Israeli offensive in Gaza, other regional issues


British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (L) met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Thursday
British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (L) met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry on Thursday

Hamas must agree to a humanitarian ceasefire without preconditions for the people of Gaza, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters in Cairo on Thursday.

 Hammond joined the string of foreign diplomats visiting Cairo amid Egypt’s efforts to enforce a ceasefire agreement it proposed last week to end the violence in Gaza.

 The British foreign secretary said that the UK and the international community is determined to do whatever it can to end the bloodshed.

 In a joint press conference with his British counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed that the Egypt-sponsored ceasefire agreement remains the one on the table.

 Garnering wide support from most international mediators and initially approved by Israel, the ceasefire agreement was rejected by Hamas.

 Osama Hamdan, who is responsible for external affairs in Hamas, said in a statement on Saturday that the Egyptian initiative was not in the interest of the Palestinian people and that there “was no serious initiative for us to accept or reject”. Egypt did not officially approach Hamas to participate in the agreement.

“Given the number of civilian casualties, Egypt values establishing a ceasefire to set a suitable environment for negotiations,” Shoukry said on Thursday.

The offensive has thus far left over 770 Palestinians killed and 4,750 injured, according to Gaza health ministry officials. The Israeli death toll meanwhile stands at 36, including three civilians.

Shoukry said that the ceasefire would eventually secure adequate living conditions to the people of Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in general.

Hammond said that rockets fired at Israel by Gaza’s governing body Hamas that target Israeli civilians were what triggered the latest offensive.

“Everybody in the UK and the west is appalled by the scenes coming out of Gaza,” Hammond said, adding that the sense of sympathy toward Israel is eroding fast with the increasing number of civilian casualties. “But every country has the right to defend itself against attack.”

Hammond’s meeting with Shoukry followed a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi which the foreign secretary said involved discussing the latest happenings in Gaza as well as other regional issues.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Cairo on Wednesday night after a short visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Kerry’s visit achieved no progress in regards to the Egyptian ceasefire initiative.

 Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Secretary of State stressed that his efforts aim at “creating a sustainable way forward for everybody” and not just brokering a ceasefire.

 In a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Shoukry on Tuesday in Cairo, Kerry said that the Egyptian ceasefire initiative is a framework to end ongoing violence in Gaza.

 The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip last Thursday night, almost 10 days after the start of its offensive on the strip.

 The ground invasion shortly followed an official rejection by Hamas of the Egypt-sponsored ceasefire agreement.

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  • Bittertruth

    When does the West understand Egypt and Sisi are no more in the position to broker a ceasefire? Sisi so far proved incapable of brokering a ceasefire.Egypt has long lost it’s influence in Gaza and the Arab world in general. That’s the reason why Egypt brokered ceasefire collapsed immediately. Now is high time to consider Qatar’s ceasefire initiative.

  • (July 22, 2014) : I have pointed out that India is now the sole superpower — because of its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities ready to be exploded to destroy Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation — and can compel the United States to do anything it wants it to do and, through the United States, compel any other country to do whatever it wants it to do. At present, India’s nuclear forces stand ready to destroy Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed unless it uses its ICBMs to destroy Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem if Israel does not stop its invasion of Gaza.

    (July 20, 2014) CAN TAMIL BE COMPARED TO SANSKRIT?

    Tamilian Jayalalitha objects to observing a Sanskrit week and demands a “classical languages week” putting Tamil at the same level as Sanskrit. Sanskrit mantras can command the forces of nature; anyone can see videos of thousands of practitioners of Transcendental Meditation spectacularly overcoming gravity every day and this is a trivial example of the power of Sanskrit. Can Tamil do that? No language can be compared to Dev Bhasha Sanskrit. I was aghast to see on Bharat-Rakshak — a collection of bhangis and chamars — someone say Jews are the Brahmins of the Middle East, defiling the word ‘Brahmin’ and defiling India. Any Indian, no matter what his caste, is higher than a Westerner who by definition are ‘mlecchas’ and the lowliest worm is higher than a Jew. To restore social order, Jews and Americans must be denied entry to India just as they would be denied entry to a temple.

    (July 17, 2014) MALAYSIAN AIRLINER THAT CRASHED IN UKRAINE WAS BROUGHT DOWN BY MICROWAVE SIGNALS FROM UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY SATELLITES. See ‘Indian Air Force Pilots’ Murder’ : IndianAirForcePilotsMurderDOTblogspotDOTcom . This was done to keep the conflict alive and keep the former republics from reuniting as I had suggested below :-

    Russia and Ukraine are a single country temporarily separated by the machinations of the CIA. They should forget everything and re-unite with the help of other republics that were part of the same country, with no role for the EU or the UN. A body of representatives of the former republics including Russia and Ukraine should by consensus make all decisions which everyone has to abide by. The separate republics are the result of a voluntary dissolution of a utopian state because of its leaders’ willingness to experiment. By now it is clear that the republics should re-integrate.

    Ukrainians should at least suspend their strife till after the destruction of the United States. Indians are going crazy that, in response to my reference to Modi fighting for a U.S. visa, the United States wants to “honor” Modi by having him address a joint session of U.S. Congress. They are silent about the honor given to the greatest Indian of all time:- “”India’s greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of [and interference with] communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India’s RAW and India’s C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media — to keep India poor, weak and enslaved” and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the U.S.; see my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.’ which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title; my biography can be found in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2014 and earlier editions.” In the past few years I have had India’s nuclear forces emplace India’s nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities, ready to be exploded. Simultaneously destroying Washington, New York and New Delhi (RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block) with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation, will immediately make India the supreme military and economic power in the world even before implementing my proposal about money which can make India’s economy grow 30% per year or more. IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom

    FORGET PALESTINIANS, NO ONE HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE TO INDIA THAN THE JEWS. CUT OUT SUSHMA SWARAJ’S UGLY TWAT AND THROW HER ON A DUNG HEAP.

    I have said no one has done more damage to India, in science and in everything else, than the Jews. See ‘This Is What the Jews, Americans and RAW Have Been Doing’ : ThisIsWhatTheJewsHaveBeenDoingDOTblogspotDOTcom . In a letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister I referred to an act, by American Jews, that was “the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India”. In her reply dated July 29, 1982 she wrote “Dear Mr. Chandra, I have received your letter dated July 27, 1982 and am passing it on to my Principal Secretary to deal with it. Sincerely, Indira Gandhi”. In December, 1982 I wrote to her “There was sudden, terminal, overwhelming violence against me during a seminar at Harvard University and rather similar occurrences earlier… India can expect sudden, annihilatory violence … with nuclear weapons … against its population … unless it can mount a decisively superior force to stop it”. Following my advice, India’s strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and the Centre for Advanced Technology, was started to give India victory in a nuclear war with the United States and because of my influence on her, Indira Gandhi as prime minister was assassinated by CIA-RAW and later when Rajiv Gandhi realized the truth of what I had written to her after the American invasion of Iraq which was the first Gulf War, he was also assassinated by CIA-RAW. In the past few years, I have had India’s nuclear forces emplace nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities and India is now in a position to destroy the United States without being destroyed. In fact, India is in a position now to destroy the United States without itself suffering a single casualty by triggering its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. Goonda Modi and his Cabinet are determined to keep India in slavery.

    For the past 37 years, the U.S. National Security Agency has kept me under 24-hour audio, video and communications surveillance by satellite and feeds of this surveillance are provided to India’s RAW as well as to Russian intelligence. When he was president, Bill Clinton held a White House conference on “The New Economy” which results from my proposal about money described in “How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More” : HowIndiasEconomyCanGrowDOTblogsourDOTcom . The CIA has been stealing my intellectually property for the past 37 years while inflicting as much injury and degradation on me as possible with the fullest participation of just about everyone who is anyone in the American government, media, academia, etc.; this is one reason why the United States has to be destroyed by India’s nuclear forces.

    Satish Chandra

  • Richard Barnes

    The things that the Bible has taught us to watch for in the end times are taking place in concert. We have the Syrian un-civil war and the Iraqi war that has given rise to ISIS which now spans both countries. We have Israel and Hamas in the state of war again. We have Russia taking the Crimea and supporting Ukrainian seperatists. We have China ramming and sinking ships off Vietnam and threatening other oil bearing area’s in Pacific. Honestly I could go on and on. We have more major earthquakes of over 5.0 than any time in recorded history. The Bible tells us that nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. It tells us that there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. What is known as the church age is coming to an end. Today’s events, I believe will escalate to a point that we are going to face a new world economic and political order. Soon an agreement of 7 (360 day) years will be made with the nations who hate Israel. That agreement will be viewed as evil in God’s eyes and has been foretold. I have been watching for these things for decades and now they are on us. I wrote a book that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

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