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Israel considering new Egypt ceasefire proposal
Published Monday 25/08/2014 (updated) 26/08/2014 20:30
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Egyptian sources told Ma'an on Monday that Cairo was awaiting an Israeli response on an Egyptian proposal to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The proposal includes opening the Rafah crossing, expanding the fishing area to six miles and opening Gaza’s trade crossings to allow reconstructing the enclave.

The sources added that Egypt presented the ceasefire proposal to Israel on Monday and that Israel promised to respond. Israeli officials showed "initial acceptance," one source said.

“The Palestinian factions agreed to the proposal and Egypt is expected to announce the acceptance of both parties to the ceasefire proposal tonight,” one of the sources said.

The official added: “Then serious negotiations will begin.”

A previous ceasefire to end the devastating conflict in Gaza collapsed on Aug. 19 after Egyptian mediators were unable to bridge the gaps between the two sides.

The conflict, now in its 49th day, has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Hamas has insisted that any long-term truce must end the eight-year blockade of Gaza and allow for an airport in the coastal strip that is flanked by Israel and Egypt.

Israel says it wants Hamas to disarm, something the militants have refused to discuss.
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1 ) Reality / Truth
25/08/2014 23:21
1- THERE WILL BE NO "OPENING of the blockaded enclave's crossings", UNLESS THE BLOCKADED ENCLAVE ACCEPTS PEACE with Israel, and 2- GOING TO THE ICC SHOULD achieve nothing positive for Gaza, and nothing negative for Israel (since only Gaza militant fighters are targeted), but it is likely to PROVE HAMAS GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES, regardless of the high death and destruction in Gaza !!

2 ) joefattal / USA
26/08/2014 00:08
The usual. Israel will show initial acceptance and than will find a way either to violate the ceasefire or to derail any negotiations.

3 ) Legal Eagle / Australia
26/08/2014 11:45
1) - it seems Zionist supporters just cannot obey the law - what is it with you people? The siege is ILLEGAL under international law, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is ILLEGAL under international law, and the ICC is there to judge people who have committed ILLEGAL acts during military offensives. When Israel starts observing international law, peace will be the result. Try it, even just once - you may be surprised.

4 ) Jeff / USA
26/08/2014 17:44
#3 Legal Eagle...unfortunately, Zionists/Israelis can't understand the truth of what you said at all. They are blinded by their fanatical ideology and what all that entails, coupled with the fact that they have all been heavily indoctrinated since childhood (and continue to indoctrinate their kids) that what they are doing is correct and is not illegal. They have absolutely no moral conscience whatsoever to even fathom that Israel's crazy actions are not right.

5 ) Outlier / USA
26/08/2014 20:15
3., Legal Eagle needs to check his facts. Almost all the ceasefires were initially violated by Gaza, not Israel. As for the embargo, Hamas' vow to destroy Israel naturally resulted in limits on what and how much Israel would allow into Gaza. International law is one thing, but common sense rules in this case.
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