As a response to the question of why Hamas rejected the ceasefire proposal, the co-founder of the online news publication The Electronic Intifada, and author of the new book "The Battle for Justice in Palestine," Ali Abunimah told Daily Sabah, "the Egyptian declaration was a fate accompli designed to rescue Israel from a disastrous adventure. The goal was to return to the status quo in which 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza are subjected to a cruel and life-destroying siege. The rejection was not just from Hamas alone but from all resistance factions and from the population itself. The sentiment I was hearing from Gaza was this: 'we did not waste all this blood to go back to living in a giant prison. The siege must end."
Telci also responded to the same question and said "Egypt has not opened the Rafah crossing point while hundreds of people were being killed. The head of Egyptian Intelligence Service Mohammad al-Tuhami visited Tel Aviv to share information just before the operation. Hamas' rejection should be considered normal due to Egypt's stance. The cease-fire proposal also suggests demilitarization of Hamas but Hamas very-well knows how brutal Israel can be against innocent and unarmed people. Yet, it does not mean Hamas does not want ceasefire at all. It had proposed a ten-year long ceasefire which was rejected by Israel."
Touching on the future of Hamas-Egyptian relations he stated that "As long as Sissi remains in power, the relationship will continue to deteriorate. Due to the close ties between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Egypt conducts hostile policies toward Hamas. Because the Sissi government seeks the support of Tel-Aviv, Cairo's policies against Hamas should be in line with that of Tel-Aviv. Therefore under current circumstances relations will not probably get any better."
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