Islamic Groups Reject Truce in Egypt Peace Talks

Islamic Jihad, Hamas want more concessions before truce with Israel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 27, 2008 3:49 PM CDT
Two women stand in the damaged storefront of a shop after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, landed in the southern town of Sderot Wednesday, March 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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(Newser) – Egypt’s talks with Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, aimed at establishing a truce with Israel, ended unsuccessfully today, Reuters reports. The militant groups demanded Israel stop Gaza and West Bank raids, end its Gaza blockade, and reopen border-crossings. Hamas and Israel already appear to have instituted a de facto ceasefire, Reuters notes. Islamic Jihad continues to fire rockets into Israel.

Egypt is hosting the talks—with US blessing—in a town on the border with Gaza, which Hamas seized from the secular Fatah faction led by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas last summer. President Bush says he hopes a peace deal can be brokered before he leaves office in January.