A senior official involved in negotiations for a prisoner swap with Hamas on Friday morning responded to Hamas' announcement that it will agree to continue negotiations only if Israel ends the fighting in Gaza.

On Thursday evening, Hamas issued an official statement, announcing, "We informed the mediators of our clear position - if Israel stops the fighting in Gaza, we are ready to reach a comprehensive agreement on an exchange deal."

"There will be no ceasefire and no end to the fighting which is not part of an agreement to free the hostages," the source told Ynet.

Ynet correspondent Itamar Eichner quoted the official as saying, "If they think that they will get a ceasefire and an end to the fighting before a hostage deal is implemented or as part of a deal - they are living in a fantasy. It won't happen."... Read More: Arutz-7