Hamas reportedly mulls 5-year truce with Israel in exchange for Gaza seaport

Qatar-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Hamas leaders are discussing a possible five-year cease-fire with Israel during a meeting with Qatar, according to the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper.

Israeli media confirmed that Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk arrived in Doha on Saturday and has been meeting with fellow Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who lives in Qatar, as well as other officials of the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group.

The truce, which is being backed by Qatar and Turkey, stipulates that Hamas halts fire against Israel for five years in exchange for Israel allowing the construction of a floating seaport off the Gaza coast. The proposed port would be inspected by Israeli and international supervisors, and the five-year duration of the deal could later be extended further, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Israel has previously objected to such truces on the grounds that a seaport could be a vehicle for Hamas to smuggle in weapons that would be used to attack the Jewish state.

Posted on June 16, 2015 .