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Abbas arrives in Cairo amid push for Gaza truce
Published Friday 22/08/2014 (updated) 24/08/2014 15:19
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Islamic Jihad leaders including deputy secretary general Ziyad al-Nakhala and Khalid al-Batsh in Cairo on Friday evening, after arriving from Qatar earlier in the afternoon.

The Islamic Jihad media office said the meeting aimed to discuss ceasefire initiatives that adhere to Palestinian demands.

Abbas and his accompanying delegation landed at Cairo airport on Friday afternoon to begin a 3-day visit to Egypt in which he is scheduled to lobby Egyptian officials for their help in securing a lasting truce with Israel.

Abbas was accompanied on the trip by PLO chief negotiator and executive committee member Saeb Erekat, PLO executive committee member Saleh Rafaat, Fatah central committee member Azzam al-Ahmad, and head of intelligence Majed Farraj.

Political sources in Cairo said the visit comes at a critical time, given that earlier in the week the Israeli negotiations delegation left Cairo without responding to a ceasefire proposal offered by the Palestinian side.

While the details of that proposal were not released, officials had said it offered Israel concessions without giving up key Palestinian demands like the lifting of Israel's eight-year siege on the Gaza Strip or the re-opening of the airport and seaport.

Israel has failed to respond to Palestinian and international calls for the end of the economic blockade, which has caused severe economic damage and reduced the majority of Gazans to aid dependency.

Israel, however, has responded with demands that Palestinian militant groups in Gaza disarm, a demand that Palestinian groups have scoffed at in the wake of the massive Israeli assault of the past six weeks that has killed more than 2,090 Palestinians.

Abbas arrived in Cairo after coming from Doha, where he met with Qatari Emir and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to discuss a ceasefire.

Abbas is expected to meet Egyptian president Abd al-Fattah Sisi and other Egyptian officials Saturday.
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1 ) George / EU
22/08/2014 22:14
Concessions?! What concessions?! The Palestinian people already asked for only things that are rightfully theirs, basic rights that all human beings should enjoy.

2 ) Gideon / Norway
23/08/2014 14:12
"The Palestinian people already asked for only things that are rightfully theirs, basic rights that all human beings should enjoy." - Yes George (1), but remember they are Arabs, Christians, Muslims & Goy. In Zionist speak, that means they are NOT HUMAN, so thereby not entitled to the basic rights all human beings should enjoy!!

3 ) Mk / USA
23/08/2014 19:28
Palestinians are entitled to basic human rights. They are not entitled to aid airports,sea ports and borders of countries they attack. That is unprecedented. . Israel is entitled to exist . Had the Arabs acknowledged this everyone would long have had what they want. As terrorists and a hostile nation no one will fund billions in aid to assets that will invoke hostile actions. Israel needs weapons because of the hostile nations in the Arab world. Hamas needs weapons to destroy Israel

4 ) Tobias / USA
23/08/2014 21:07
If the war involved Areas A/B in the West Bank, where the PLO rules, then Abbas arriving in Cairo to push for a Gaza truce might be meaningful, but: -1- HAMAS RULES GAZA (just like the military rule in Egypt), AND -2- HAMAS DOES NOT WANT A TRUCE, unless Israel surrenders to their demands, which will not happen, SO -3- THE FIGHTING WILL CONTINUE, for years into the future, just like the last 8 years, since Hamas seized control of Gaza !!

5 ) @ Gideon-2 / USA
23/08/2014 21:19
-1- That is complete nonsense and lies, where the Zionist State of Israel recognizes Palestinians both as "Human" and likely distant cousins, through a common ancestor (Abraham or Ibrahim), and -2- PALESTINIANS are only dying because they ATTACKED ISRAEL, and "PALESTINIANS asked for only things that" would help them continue to COMMIT WAR CRIMES both against Israel's civilians (by targeting them) and also against Gaza's civilians (by using them as human-shields) !!

6 ) Outlier / USA
24/08/2014 02:00
1., George, if the Palestinian people expect to get concessions from Israel, they must make concessions to Israel - something they have often found difficult.

7 ) Karim / Gaza
24/08/2014 09:02
The solution is simple: Fully demilitarize Gaza and normalize the life for all civilians in the region on both sides of the border. The Hamas hooded thugs who cannot live a day without stealing and killing and have now turned against us here in the ruins, after they forced us to build their bunkers in the madrassa can join their ISIS-Daash buddies and plan their joint journey to meet their respective 72 adulterous virgins

8 ) Gaza Resident / Gaza, Ps
24/08/2014 19:24
@7 Karim/Fake Gaza - You are clearly an Israeli troll or collaborator. If the former, your post doesn't warrant the money you've been paid. If the latter, Hamas has offered any collaborators who admit their crimes to Hamas, mercy & protection of the honour of their families. You won't get that from Israel. Gazan's loves the resistance, who protect us from Israel & who will bring peace for us, without demilitarisation. We post for free!!
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