BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Ahmad Yousef said Sunday that there were “chats” taking place between the Islamist movement and Israel under European mediation.
Yousef told Ma’an that “we await the formation of an Israeli government so things can get more serious. European diplomats and civil society activists come to the Gaza Strip constantly and pose Israeli viewpoints and convey the reaction of the movement through unofficial chats.”
For instance, he said, there are talks on the issues of the ceasefire and the seaport that aim to “find a way out on the issue of the siege by opening a seaport to connect to the outside world.”
Yousef denied that there were direct talks between Hamas and Israel taking place.
In regard to former US president Jimmy Carter’s visit to Gaza Strip, Yousef said he would meet Hamas leaders including Ismail Haniyeh to discuss national reconciliation.