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Israel 'refusing to make concessions' at Cairo talks
Published Tuesday 19/08/2014 (updated) 20/08/2014 15:23
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Khaled al-Batsh, an Islamic Jihad member of the Palestinian delegation (L)
pictured in Cairo (MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ceasefire talks are at risk of collapse given Israel's refusal to make concessions, members of the Palestinian delegation to Cairo said late Monday.

"Israel is seeking to break the confidence between Palestinians and the Egyptian mediators by refusing to make any concessions," said Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh.

Al-Batsh said the delegation agreed to extend the ceasefire for 24 hours based on their concern for Palestinians in Gaza.

Meanwhile, he told Ma'an the Palestinian negotiators remained determined to "realize our people's demands, which are worthy of the sacrifices made in the Gaza Strip."

The Israeli government is responsible for potential failure to reach an agreement in Cairo, al-Batsh added.

A Fatah member of the delegation concurred, saying the Israeli delegation had worked hard to obtain a long-term ceasefire without "signing a meaningful agreement."

"They avoided any agreement in an attempt to continue their unilateral plans to have control over everything, as they have done in the past," Fatah MP Faysal Abu Shahla said in a statement.

The comments came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a five-day ceasefire for another day just hours before it was set to expire at midnight Monday.

Palestinian sources in Cairo had told Ma'an earlier Monday that a long-term ceasefire agreement was being finalized after 15 days of Egypt-sponsored negotiations.

But al-Batsh denied the claims, saying: "If progress was made with any issue being negotiated, we would have notified all media outlets."

As diplomatic efforts continued, Gaza's health ministry said the death toll from Israel's month-long assault on the Strip rose above 2,000 as more people succumbed to injuries and bodies were found under rubble. The figures showed 2,016 people had been killed and another 10,196 wounded.

Among the dead were 541 children, the ministry said.
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1 ) Giacomo / USA
19/08/2014 17:54
Actually, there hasn't been any consistent position from the Palestinians. Rocket attacks will resume vs. won't resume if truce time period ends -- the long-term truce is ready to be announced vs. not ready. The contradictions are in this very article and publication. So can we believe anything said?

2 ) David / USA
19/08/2014 18:19
Ma'an appears to be the mouthpiece for Hamas.

3 ) Outlier / USA
19/08/2014 18:21
The Palestinian delegation is talking nonsense - basically speaking to the Arab street. Looking at the landscape of the conflict and the negotiations, it is Gazans who must make concessions. Gaza has sustained billions of dollars in damage, Hamas and Egypt are no longer closely allied and Israel can eventually end the missile threat through attrition, causing more damage every day until the rocket supply is exhausted.

4 ) JoeFattal / USA
19/08/2014 19:10
Forget about any negotiations. Netanyahu government have to fall for peace to be in the area. That man is an obstacle for peace in Israel and around the world. Even a Congressman in the US said, Netanyahu is not going to be there forever. So I guess some government in the world and head of states are waiting for Netanyahu to go to have peace in the region.

5 ) Aaron Hamm / USA
19/08/2014 21:20
What concessions does Gaza have to make? "Sure Israel, close off our border entirely. Oh, and why don't you guys stick a straw into our freshwater aquifer while you're at it..." Any sort of "concession" (with the possible exception of disarmament ONLY IF what is decided on is a comprehensive peace deal) is just more abuse of the civilian population.

6 ) Bill Clark / USA
19/08/2014 21:34
Way too many divisions within Hamas,talking about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing , it really applies to Hamas.

7 ) Lez / New Zealand
20/08/2014 01:47
Total beligerance from Zionist occupied Palestine

8 ) William / USA
20/08/2014 06:56
Didn't Arab news especially reports "leaked" from Cairo show Israel as giving concessions on alot of things and Hamas barely mentioned as giving anything? Suddenly, we hear that Israel gave no concessions at Cairo talks indicating that...Arab media are...liars?
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