Israel Mum on Gaza Ceasefire Decision After Cabinet Meeting

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2018

On Sunday, when the Israeli security cabinet convened to discuss the Gaza truce ideas, one member - Intelligence Minister Israel Katz - tweeted that these should include "bringing Egyptian infrastructure, at sea and on land, to bear for the good of Gaza, under worldwide supervision". "A deal without the return of our sons is a surrender that only serves as evidence of our country's weakness".

Highlighting skepticism over a long-term ceasefire, Hamas's political leadership met on Monday with top officials in its military to discuss its preparedness for battle with Israel, according to a report in Israeli news site Ynet.

Zuhri said that Fatah needs to realize that he lost the election for the Palestinian legislative Council in 2006 in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

Hamas leaders have been meeting for several days in Gaza to discuss the Egyptian-brokered agreement. Twenty-four of slain protesters were minors, the ministry has said. The people on board were taken for "further inquiry".

A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border, the territory´s Hamas-run health ministry said.

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Still, in what Palestinians saw a goodwill gesture, Egyptian cooking oil began entering Gaza on Sunday, offsetting Israeli supplies cut off in retaliation for the border violence. At least 50 of those killed have been identified by Hamas as members of the militant group.

In an interview with Ynet, Elkin added that "Hamas wants to go back in time, three months back, to a reality of calm and quiet in the Gaza Strip, we are willing to do that".

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed in a statement that an aircraft fired at the group in the northern Gaza Strip.

An Israeli Cabinet minister says a cease-fire deal with Hamas now being discussed involves easing some restrictions on Gaza.

Incendiary balloons and flaming kites launched by Gazans have wreaked havoc in the Israeli communities surrounding Gaza since April, sparking fires that have scorched thousands of acres of farmlands and countryside.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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