When it’s midnight, will end the three-day truce that Israel and the Palestinian factions were taken to reach a political agreement to end Operation Margin Protector and restore calm to the two sides of the Gaza border. Time is running out and therefore contacts are accelerated in these final hours. At about eleven o’clock, the Israeli delegation has returned to Cairo and have thus been resumed indirect meetings with Hamas, with Egyptian mediators going from one room to another, presenting proposals. A marathon day is expected.
Meanwhile, in Gaza, at least five people have been killed by exploiting an Israeli missile that was being deactivated in Beit Lahia, in the north. Fatalities are three members of the team of sappers, the Italian journalist Simone Camilli, the news agency Associated Press (AP), and the Palestinian translator who accompanied him, Abu Ali Shehda Afash. The Gazan police reports that four people were seriously injured in the blast, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa. During this offensive has killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel.
According to confirmed sources of the Palestinian government, Egypt has already filed a document with firm proposals, now being studied by the two parties. Cairo officials have told several local and international agencies that there is a substantive agreement on key issues, but there is disagreement about how to express it in writing. The essential disagreement, recognize the Palestinians, is that Hamas does not want to assume a “sweetened fence”, ie, that stands firm in demanding that lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007 is full and immediate, not partial and gradual, as is now being proposed.
There is controversy over who would monitor the crossings of the strip if it is decided to open them and what will get them. There are materials such as cement and steel, which Israel insists that fears the minimum dose that is used to build tunnels, for example. The other major obstacle is that for now Hamas has refused to discuss its demilitarization and the other militias in Gaza and wants to ” postpone ” the return of the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers captured in separate clashes between the army and militants. Israel will not hear an international airport and a port in the Gaza nor wanted to address the debate on the creation of a safe passage between Gaza and the West Bank, the two largest Palestinian territories, disconnected for seven years and only a distant hour.
Those are the problems. Then there are the ” agreements that have begun to take shape,” according to the Palestinian Maan agency. Would already agreed to be expanded from 250 to 600 the number of trucks that daily enter Gaza, which three will be expanded to 12 miles where they can fish the fishermen, the rights of way will be extended walk by Erez – under control of Israel for the sick and especially students, and Rafah in the south with Egypt opens. Israel would be willing to allow the Palestinian administration transferred money to pay former Hamas officials, who have two months without pay. Also agree to release the 26 prisoners detained before the Oslo Accords (1993), which refused to rush release in April, when the peace process collapsed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at dawn to his security cabinet to “prepare the ground” for a possible announcement of agreement, shown in his office. There is no speculation in his cabinet on an extension of the ceasefire 72 hours, added. The right-wing ministers, especially the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, have been furious at the possibility of understanding with Hamas, who is to ” destroy.” “Israel must defeat Hamas even at the expense of another confrontation,” he said on a visit to the south. If the remains of the two soldiers are not returned, Hamas has threatened that ” get to change bodies ” Ismael Haniyeh and Mohammed Deif, the two most prominent leaders in the strip.
The chancellor also loaded heavily against the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations, which will begin next month to work on the ground to investigate possible war crimes by both sides. He especially criticized the chairman of the expert group, the Canadian William Schabas, who years ago said that Netanyahu said responding to the International Criminal Court. Lieberman calls to resign and threatens not to cooperate with investigators since his trial will be ” biased “.