Report: Israel proposes Gaza ceasefire

Israel has proposed to the Palestinians a ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for a promise that the Jewish state will soften its position regarding border-crossings.

Report: Israel proposes Gaza ceasefire
Israeli Jerusalam Post reported on Monday Israel has proposed to the Palestinians a ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for a promise that the Jewish state will soften its position regarding border-crossings, Palestinian sources told London's Al-Hayat newspaper Monday.

Israel promised new flexibility on border crossings, including the Rafah crossing, in exchange for an end to rocket fire into Israel, and after a trial period ensuring the Palestinians keep to the agreement.

The ceasefire, which was brokered by Egypt, will last from six months to a year, said the report.

Palestinian sources say Hamas has agreed to the deal. However, the Islamic Jihad and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) have refused it, demanding that the "hudna" be applied also to the West Bank.

According to the report, "Israel refuses to include the West Bank in the cease-fire because it is divided into three areas, and the situation there is very complicated."
Last Mod: 14 Nisan 2008, 16:33
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