Islamic Jihad says Israel truce ‘meaningless’

April 11, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad will not beg for a ceasefire from whatever party and will not and would not request that from anyone, truce means nothing, if war was imposed then we will fight,” said the movement on Sunday.

Dauod Shehab, spokesman of the movement said in a statement that “we clearly say that if war was imposed on us then we will fight, we do not have anything to be afraid of or to cry about,” adding that the movement did not initiate the escalation that took place and at this stage we are not interested in escalation and the projectiles which we possess are defensive and fighting back means.”

He went on saying that “truce means nothing to us, because we do not trust neither the occupation nor its pledges, so what we are interested in is the situation in the field, if it was quite meaning that there is no escalation, the assault had stopped then we will appreciate that, but if an assault was carried out on our people, then nothing will possibly stop us from responding to the occupation, we will be totally free in choosing the appropriate way to respond in the way, the place, time.”

He added that “our understanding to calm or ceasefire as comprehensive and unconditional, meaning that we can’t talk about calm with while being pursued and assassinated.”

He affirmed that “many contacts were held, some of which we knew of others we did not, regardless of all of these contacts which we appreciated and respected, we thank all who honestly moves in stop shedding the Palestinian blood and to stop the offense on them, all of these contacts are appreciated but our position is related to the situation in the field.”

Shehab said that “what had happened over the past days is that the enemy had taken a decision on war and assault, we decided to defend our land and our people whatever sacrifices that would cost us” affirming that the resistance with all that it possesses of power, potentialities and weapons is ready to confront the attack and to face this war, we manage this war, we are confident that the goals of the occupation will fail” noting that “the occupation will not succeed in passing its messages through our people in Gaza.”

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