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Hamas belies Blinken claim about Israel’s ‘acceptance’ of truce proposal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Hamas has belied US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s claim that the Israeli regime has “accepted” American President Joe Biden’s proposal aimed at bringing about a truce in Tel Aviv’s ongoing genocidal war against the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian resistance movement made the remarks in a statement on Wednesday.

“While Blinken continues to talk about Israel’s approval of the latest proposal, we have not heard any Israeli official speak of this approval,” Hamas said.

Hamas has clearly expressed its “positive position” on what was included in the US president’s proposal, which he came up with on May 31, in which he called for a permanent ceasefire, the withdrawal of the occupation forces from the Gaza Strip, reconstruction of the coastal sliver, and an exchange of captives, the movement said.

The Israeli regime, however, has only “emphasized continuation of the genocidal war and attacked the proposal that came from Biden,” it noted.

The regime launched the war on October 7, following Al-Aqsa Storm, a retaliatory operation by Gaza’s resistance groups, during which some 250 people were taken captive.

The war has so far claimed the lives of at least 37,202 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

Hamas, meanwhile, criticized Blinken for attacking Hamas’s response to Biden’s ceasefire plan and alleging that some of the group’s demands were not workable.

By passing such remarks, the group said, the US top diplomat was trying to “exonerate the Zionist occupation, wash his hands stained with the blood of innocent children, women, and the elderly, and hold the movement responsible for obstructing conclusion of an agreement.”

This, Hamas added, amounted to “a continuation of the American policy of complicity in the brutal genocide war against our Palestinian people, and allowing the occupation to continue its crime with full American political and military cover.”

The movement finally called on Washington to rather “apply direct pressure on the fascist occupation government, which is determined to complete the mission of killing and genocide, in flagrant violation of all international laws and treaties.”

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