Egypt to send intelligence chief to Israel soon

Egypt will send intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to Israel soon for talks on a truce deal Cairo hopes to seal between Israel and Palestinians, President Hosni Mubarak said on Sunday.

Egypt to send intelligence chief to Israel soon
"I think the head of intelligence will travel there, but after the holiday celebrations in Israel. He will go to talk to the Israeli side," Mubarak told reporters in remarks aired live on state television.

Mubarak did not give a specific date for the trip, but Israel marks Memorial Day on Wednesday and its 60th anniversary on Thursday.

Egypt has been trying to broker a truce between Palestinians and the Jewish state. Egyptian state media reported last week that Palestinian groups meeting in Cairo had agreed to a truce starting in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

But a number of Palestinian factions were equivocal in their support for a ceasefire, and some said they reserved the right to retaliate against Israeli attacks.

A senior Israeli official said on Thursday that Israel would likely agree to an informal truce in Gaza if cross-border rocket attacks and arms-bringing into the territory ended.

Egypt's state news agency MENA has said the truce proposal is part of a broader plan that would eventually lead to the lifting of the blockade that Israel has imposed on Gaza since last June.

The plan includes attempts to reconcile the two biggest Palestinian groups -- the Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip and President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, which controls the Palestinian Authority from its base in the West Bank.

Reuters
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