Any truce offer must involve a “complete withdrawal” of Israeli forces from Gaza (Islamic Jihad)

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement has expressed doubts about the ceasefire offer announced by US President Joe Biden, saying the “cessation of aggression” must involve a “complete withdrawal” of forces Israeli troops from the besieged Gaza Strip.

The resistance group made the remarks in a statement Saturday, a day after Biden said Israel had proposed a “road map” to end its nearly eight-month genocidal war against Palestinians in Gaza.

“We are skeptical about the American president’s comments. These statements give the impression that the US government had changed its position; Although the White House’s full support for the Zionist regime, the cover-up of its crimes and participation in Tel Aviv’s aggression against our nation by providing weapons and all means of destruction is still clear,” he said. he declares.

Islamic Jihad further stressed that it will evaluate any proposal that ensures the cessation of the genocide against the Palestinian nation and meets the interests of the Palestinians as well as the demands of the resistance forces.

In a speech Friday at the White House, Biden announced that Israel has proposed a road map to end the war in Gaza, which includes a complete ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from all areas populated areas of Gaza, the release of a certain number of hostages, including women, the elderly, the wounded, in exchange for (the) release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

He also called on the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas to accept the ceasefire offer.

Meanwhile, in a televised speech, Abu Hamza, spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, warned the occupying enemy that “the only way to return Israeli prisoners is to withdraw from Gaza.” , to put an end to the aggression.” and accept the resistance’s conditions for the exchange of prisoners.

Hamza went on to assert that “the criminal Israeli regime” has committed genocide against a defenseless nation, emphasizing that Israeli prisoners will not return to the settlements unless the regime ends the war.

“We are telling the enemy that negotiation is the only solution to return its prisoners from the Gaza Strip,” he said.

“We reassure the enemy that we are still in excellent condition. The terror of coming attrition will force the enemy to leave Gaza in disgrace,” he added.

Israel launched the war on Gaza last October in response to Al-Aqsa Storm, a retaliatory operation organized by the Palestinian territory’s resistance movements.

The assault killed at least 36,379 Gazans, mostly women, children and teenagers. Another 82,407 Palestinians were also injured.

Egypt and Qatar have been holding talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire deal following the November one, in which Hamas released 105 of the prisoners captured during the Al-Aqsa storm.

In early May, Hamas accepted another truce proposal allowing for the cessation of Israeli aggression and the release of the remaining captives.