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Abbas says he hopes for Gaza ceasefire
Published Thursday 24/07/2014 (updated) 25/07/2014 23:12
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A picture released by the Palestinian President's Office (PPO) shows
President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meeting with King Abdullah
II of Jordan in the capital Amman, on July 24, 2014
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AMMAN (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes a ceasefire can be agreed in Gaza as the Palestinian death toll on day 17 of an Israeli offensive topped 780 people.

"So far, there is hope for a ceasefire," Abbas said after meeting Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman, a palace statement said.

"We have to wait ... and insist that ending the fighting is the only solution to ease the Palestinian suffering and end the bloodshed. Everybody should work on that," it quoted him as saying.

Abbas said an Egyptian truce proposal that had been accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas "should be approved."

"It has already been approved. A ceasefire will be reached in line with the Egyptian initiative before launching negotiations about certain demands," he added.

"We have a lot of demands, after that we will discuss what would happen in the future."

US Secretary of State John Kerry sought on Thursday in Cairo to further regional efforts to broker an end to the bloodshed, reaching out to Turkey and Qatar, both allies of the Islamist Hamas.

Kerry is seeking to garner support for the Cairo-drafted proposal, with an official saying he had spoken to his counterparts in Doha and Ankara in the hope they would use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a ceasefire.

Hamas has demanded that any ceasefire deal include an end to Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza.

"What is happening in Gaza should push for creating an atmosphere to give momentum to the peace process and resume negotiations to avert more violence in the region," said King Abdullah II, whose country has a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
24/07/2014 23:01
Who has turned out to be a lesser leader .... Abbas or Arafat. Both have one thing in common. They both pocketed millions and millions of dollars and Euros.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/07/2014 02:38
Hamas need to get a guarentee that the siege will be lifted before making any deal with Israel. Past experience will tell everyone you can't trust Israel or at least Netanyahu, even some foreign head of State do not trust Netanyahu, Hamas shouldn't either.

3 ) Outlier / USA
25/07/2014 02:48
'Twill happen when Hamas put saving lives ahead of saving face.

4 ) Levi / USA
25/07/2014 14:45
Abbas says he hopes for Gaza ceasefire? Me too. And I bet so do the Israelis. But as long as Hamas rejects ceasfires offered by other Arab nations and the international community and keeps shooting rockets at Israel, Abbas can only hope for a Gaza ceasefire.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
25/07/2014 21:53
-1- Israel also "hopes for Gaza ceasefire", that does Not lead to another war, and that does Not allow Hamas to prepare for the next war, and
* ISRAEL HOPES FOR PEACE, With All Its Neighbors, but
-2- Hamas is already planning to rearm for the next war, just like it did with the 2006, 209, and 2012 ceasefires, and hamas will never consider peace !!

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