President of the Palestinian National Initiative calls for 'total and complete' ceasefire

President of the Palestinian National Initiative calls for
# 10 November 2023 12:14 (UTC +04:00)

Calling for a pause of military operations in areas of northern Gaza is "not enough," according to Mustafa Barghouti, a doctor and president of the Palestinian National Initiative, who told CNN he sees no hope for the people of Gaza without a "total and complete ceasefire," APA reports.

"The US is supporting Israel completely and is not taking a neutral stand and in this case unfortunately, the US continues to support what Israelis want – and what we don't want to see is the continuation of the ethnic cleansing of the north of Gaza as well as the city of Gaza," Barghouti told CNN anchor Isa Soares.

The White House on Thursday said that Israel had agreed to move forward with daily four-hour pauses of military operations in areas of northern Gaza, a move that appears to formalize a pattern of halting the violence to allow humanitarian aid to flow into the enclave and allow civilians to flee the fighting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that there will be “no ceasefire” without the release of hostages held by Hamas.

"Israel is not attacking Hamas only, they are attacking all Palestinians," Barghouti said.

"If they (Israeli forces) move south, they will be bombarded in the south – 49 percent of Palestinians killed, mostly civilians, were killed in the south," he said, adding that he did not see "any hope unless there is a total and complete ceasefire."

"And I say that any government in the world that does not support an immediate ceasefire becomes a participant and supportive of this continuous war."