Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in Cairo Aim for Long-Term Gaza Truce

(Ha'aretz) Zvi Bar'el - The goal of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Cairo is a long-term truce - and its achievement is a "done deal," Ziad al-Nahla, Islamic Jihad's representative to the Cairo talks, said Thursday. "There are guarantees for the lifting of the siege on Gaza, and the construction of a seaport and airport will be discussed within a month after the truce is signed," he said. Hamas' delegate to the talks, Khalil al-Hayya, likewise said the agreement is meant to bring about a long-term truce. "The emerging agreement will be the most detailed that has been signed between Israel and the Palestinians since the Oslo Accords," a senior Egyptian official said Thursday. "We speak with the Palestinian government, not with any separate Palestinian faction. Hamas is going to have to view the Palestinian government as the forum for its political activity, and stop seeing itself as a faction or organization."

2014-08-15 00:00:00

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