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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 18, 2008
Question Taken at December 18, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

Israel/Palestinians: Hamas Declares End to Ceasefire (Taken Question)

Question: What is our reaction to Hamas’ announcement that it has declared an end to its cease-fire with Israel in Gaza?

Answer: As the Quartet stated on December 15, the Egyptian-brokered calm that came into effect on June 19, 2008 should be respected and extended.

The U.S. condemns recent rocket attacks on Israel. Violence will not advance, but retard, the hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, which currently is being pursued by the legitimate Palestinian government of President Abbas.

Hamas can be a part of the peaceful process by accepting the principles outlined by the Quartet: renunciation of violence and terror, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements between the parties, including the Roadmap. .

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Released on December 18, 2008

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