Egyptian mediator, Israel to talk Gaza truce on Monday

Israel will host an Egyptian mediator on Monday to hear a proposal for a truce with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said.

Egyptian mediator, Israel to talk Gaza truce on Monday
Following talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman in Cairo last month, Hamas offered a six-month truce in Gaza if Israel were also to lift a crippling embargo on the coastal Palestinian territory.

Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai told Israel Radio on Sunday "Omar Suleiman will come, we will listen to him, we will confer, we will see what he is offering, and on that basis we will make decisions."

"As of now, there is nothing on the table for discussion... We have no dialogue with the organisation," Vilnai said in reference to Hamas.

Another Israeli official said Suleiman would come on Monday.

A senior Israeli official said this month that Israel would likely agree to an informal ceasefire in Gaza.

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