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Hamas response to cease-fire plan seen as ‘positive’ and ‘over the top’

Hamas response to cease-fire plan seen as ‘positive’ and ‘over the top’

By John Bacon and Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY

Hamas responded to the latest Gaza cease-fire plan Tuesday, drawing reactions that termed its reply anywhere from “generally positive” to “a little over the top,” reflecting the complicated nature of the negotiations.

The militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007 said in a statement it approached the proposal “in a positive spirit” but stuck to its demand of a “comprehensive and complete cease-fire” in the war, which Israel has repeatedly rejected, insisting instead on a temporary truce that would free the remaining hostages.

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