Special Report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts
DAMASCUS, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Exiled Hamas politburo
leader in Syria Khaled Meshaal said here Tuesday that there will be no truce
with Israel unless it lifts the siege of and open the crossings with the Gaza
Meshaal made the remarks when meeting with Arab
League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa, according to the official SANA news
"There should be no linking between the truce and the
issue of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit," Meshaal said, indicating that
setting him free would be in return for release of captured Palestinians and
detainees in Israeli jails.
The Hamas leader said Israel is responsible for
hindering the efforts to achieve the truce by adding new conditions at the last
moment and by mixing the cases altogether.
He also called on the international bodies to condemn
the Israeli stance and pressure it to respond to the exerted efforts in this
field, said the report.
Moussa arrived here Monday on a visit as part of his
efforts to the peace of the Arab states and also for preparation of the Arab
foreign ministers meeting which paves the way for the regular Arab summit.
Earlier on Tuesday, Moussa held a meeting with Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.
Hamas announced Thursday night the group has accepted
an 18-month truce with Israel in the Gaza Strip on condition that the enclave's
six border crossings with Israel should be reopened and the Jewish country "stop
military actions and aggressions in all forms."
Yet outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said
Saturday that there is no truce with Hamas before the release of Shalit, who was
captured by Hamas militants in a cross-border raid in June 2006.
Hamas demanded Israel pardon more than 1,000
Palestinian prisoners from its jails in exchange for Shalit's release. Israel
refused the request for fear that some prisoners on the list might endanger the