There is nothing to be said other than Yishmael is who he is. Hamas officials have announced that if an agreement has not been signed by Friday morning 12 Menachem Av at 08:00, when the 72-hour ceasefire expires, it will resume rocket fire.
Hamas is sending a clear message to all those who believe one can reach agreement with terrorists who remain determined to the goal of wiping Israel off the Mideast map. For Hamas, Kerry, Ban Ki-Moon, Barak Obama and many other senior international officials are irrelevant to its goal. The terrorist leaders remain defiant as they seek to rekindle the fires of warfare in Gaza.
While delegations shuttle back and forth to Cairo, Egypt has already announced it will not discuss the matter of opening the Rafiach Crossing between Gaza and Egypt in the trilateral forum of Egypt, Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority) for the issue only concerns Egypt and the PA, not Israel.
Senior Hamas officials including Ismail Radwan have announced that its demands for removing the IDF naval blockade of Gaza and opening all crossing remain and if a deal meeting the demands are not met by erev Shabbos, the attacks into Israel will resume. Hamas also demands a total cessation of any and all IDF operations in Gaza, including targeted surgical strikes. Last but not least, Hamas demands the release of the terrorists who were released in the Shalit deal who have since been re-arrested.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)