Report: Israel-Hamas Deal To Include One-Year Truce

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The cease-fire agreement Egypt is trying to ‎negotiate between Israel and Hamas includes a one-‎year truce, as well as several measures meant to ‎alleviate the dire economic situation in the Gaza ‎Strip, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV ‎reported on Thursday.‎

According to the report, under the deal Qatar ‎would pay the salaries of Hamas government officials in Gaza, as well as for the enclave’s power ‎supply. Those payments used to be carried by the ‎Palestinian Authority, but P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas suspended them earlier this year in a bid to ‎pressure Hamas into ceding control of Gaza.‎

The deal also includes establishing a “naval ‎corridor” between Cyprus and Gaza through which ‎goods could be delivered to Gaza, as well as ‎the construction of a port in the ‎Sinai Peninsula, which would operate under Israeli ‎security supervision to send goods to ‎Gaza.

It was unclear whether these two plans would ‎coincide. ‎

The report said the next 48 hours of the ‎negotiations would be “crucial” to the efforts to ‎achieve a ceasefire. ‎

If the truce holds for the planned year, negotiations ‎will be held to extend it.‎

The report came several hours after the London-based ‎Arabic ‎newspaper Al-Hayat reported that Egyptian ‎General Intelligence Service Director Maj. ‎Gen. ‎Abbas Kamel met with senior Israeli defense ‎‎officials in Tel Aviv on Wednesday as part of ‎‎Cairo’s efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire ‎‎between the Jewish state and the terrorist group ‎that rules Gaza. ‎

Kamel is also expected to meet with Abbas in Ramallah, the ‎‎report said.‎

According to Al-Hayat, Kamel’s meeting with Israeli ‎‎officials focused on the two main issues of the ‎‎agreement, namely humanitarian gestures for Israel ‎‎to offer the Gaza Strip and the fates of two ‎‎Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers ‎‎held by Hamas.‎

Both Al-Hayat‎ and Al Mayadeen ‎said the issue of ‎a potential prisoner exchange deal would be ‎discussed only after the cease-fire proves viable, ‎giving no timeframe.‎

Hamas is holding the remains of Staff Sgt. Oron ‎Shaul and Lt. Hadar Goldin, killed in the Gaza Strip ‎in separate battles in 2014, as well as two living ‎Israeli civilians – Ethiopian Israeli Avera Mengistu ‎and Bedouin Israeli Hisham al-Sayed – both men with mental health issues who crossed into Gaza ‎willingly in 2014 and 2015 and were captured.‎

A senior Israeli official denied that an agreement ‎‎with Hamas would exclude the issue of the Israeli ‎‎captives.

“There can be no true agreement ‎‎with Hamas without the return of our citizens and ‎‎soldiers, and a guarantee of long-term calm on the ‎‎border,” ‎he said.

“The current calm is the result of ‎‎determined IDF operations that will continue as ‎‎needed, in accordance with the understandings ‎‎reached by the Egyptians and the United Nations. It ‎‎is in light of these understandings that the Kerem ‎‎Shalom crossing was opened and the Palestinian ‎‎fishing zone was expanded. ‎

‎”As long as this calm e quiet is maintained, it will ‎‎be possible to deal with humanitarian issues, ‎‎including the return of the Israeli captives.”‎

Residents of Israeli communities near the Gaza border ‎‎harshly criticized the negotiations with Hamas. ‎

The residents, who have already experienced five ‎‎violated cease-fires in recent months, said they ‎‎believe a large military operation in the Gaza ‎‎Strip is unavoidable.‎

(Israel Hayom)

{Matzav.com}

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  1. What happens after the one year (assuming that Hamas keeps their end of the deal–WHICH IS NEVER THE CASE);
    So why does Israel fall for such crooked deals???? They need to totally demolish the Hamas leadership and deter them to the point that the quiet and peaceful existence will ENDURE indefinitely. These short term agreements enables Hamas to regroup and prepare for the next round……. Why does Israel not realize this and finally create a permanent solution rather than these regular “piecemeal” ones….
    Israelis are sick and tired of the constant repeat of the terrorist attacks after these short-term useless solutions…

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