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Israel, Palestine to resume talks for ‘permanent’ truce

Palestinian negotiator optimistic about lasting truce as Hamas spokesperson says agreement only possible if Israeli side accepts all demands of unified Palestinian delegation

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume indirect talks with Egyptian mediators on reaching a more permanent ceasefire before the current truce expires Monday midnight.

The Egyptian government persuaded both sides late Wednesday to adhere to a five-day ceasefire, extending an earlier three-day agreement in order to allow more time to thrash out a longer-term truce.

The truce began with a rocky start with Palestinian rocket attacks and retaliatory Israeli air strikes, but Saturday marked a sixth day of quiet following more than a month of fighting that has killed at least 1,980 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side.

Talks on Sunday are expected to resume on the basis of an Egyptian proposal which calls for a lasting ceasefire beyond Monday midnight and new talks on the thorniest issues, including demands for a seaport and airport in Gaza, to begin in a month’s time.

Negotiations about handing over the remains of two Israeli soldiers in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails would also be postponed, according to the document.

A buffer zone along Gaza’s border with Israel would be gradually reduced and guarded by Palestinian Authority security teams.

The European Union (EU) welcomed the ceasefire in Gaza, saying it was ready to expand a police mission in Rafah, on the border with Egypt, and train Palestinian Authority customs personnel and police for redeployment in Gaza.

It said EU police would monitor the transit of supplies needed for Gaza reconstruction and try to prevent smuggling of weapons into the territory.

The EU said a durable ceasefire must be accompanied by lifting closures on Gaza and called on “all terrorist groups” in the territory to disarm.

The Israeli foreign ministry welcomed the call for disarmament – Israel’s main demand at Cairo truce talks.

LIFTING THE BLOCKADE

Palestinian delegation head at Cairo talks Azzam al-Ahmad said Saturday he was quiet optimistic that an agreement for a longer-term truce could be reached.

Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri struck a hardline note, insisting that there can be no return to peace without a lifting of Israel’s eight-year blockade of the beleaguered coastal enclave.

“We can reach an agreement if the Israeli side accepts all the demands of the unified Palestinian delegation, in particular the end of any aggression against our people, the war on Gaza and the complete lifting of the siege,” Abu Zuhri said.

With demands seemingly irreconcilable, the Egyptian mediators and both sides will have their work cut out to hammer out a wording that each side can present as some kind of achievement.

Israel refuses to deal directly with Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, although Hamas is part of the Palestinian delegation that also includes Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmud Abbas.



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  1. Ettore Greco said:

    The recognition of Equality has always generated much fear for that concept of Individualism so adored by the Jewish culture and this Culture has always defended with one well defined strategy:
    Divide and Conquer.

    It is applied anywhere there is a form of Equality in order to instigate a conflict between two factions at peace. This strategy takes advantage of one human weakness and always begins with one interference and with the same sentence:
    "Let me help you".
    Betrayal is soon to follow.

    Nevertheless, no one should be found guilty only for being born in a certain part of the World or for having learned what was taught since childhood.
    It is not a matter of DNA or races.
    Instead it is about Cultures.

    In historical sense, the Animal behavior in the Human being has never changed but was simply redressed by teachings, Religions and traditions that are different in the many areas of the World and that define the characters of each Culture.
    Among many, there is also one Culture that believes it can distinguish Good from Bad and that lives its own actions with a constant sense of guilt.
    This Culture prefers protection over freedom in a World that only recognizes the rule of force and an eye for an eye.

    That is why from the beginning the Jewish culture, for fear of its survival, has always embodied the role of the slave for the ruler of its time. At first, with Moses for the Pharaohs of Egypt, then with Herod for the Roman Empire, more recently at the service of the Royals of England and in our days for the most influential governments: USA and UK.

    Time has always brought change hence hope for the future although the views of all populations in regard to the Jews have so far remained unchanged throughout history. People have always called them greedy, parasites, masters of lies but in the UK and US, the Jews are fully protected and no one dares to talk publicly about the vices of this Culture. Media and governments all over the World are always under strong pressure to follow that same example.
    As they believe they are the "chosen people" from God the Jews are also the sworn enemies of Equality. This Belief, incompatible with peace and Human respect, has brought over the centuries constant wars and destabilization.
    Today the World in turmoil is a sign of their “success”.

    After 3,000 troubled years, the Jewish Culture can be defined today with utmost clarity.
    The more they feel protected the more they become arrogant.
    Fear and arrogance allow them to only look up or down.
    They detest any form of transparency and they know better than anyone else how to navigate in turbid waters.
    Corruption is their vital organ.
    They adore a deep voice and have constant need of attention.
    Their "sense of humor" revolves around bashing on cultures and people from all over while they accuse anti-Semite any remark about them.
    They find very amusing to be the judges of everyone.
    One famous "sense of guilt" follows them everywhere and the word "sorry" is always their companion.

    With a tight hold on Hollywood, TV stations and newspapers their influence has no rivals in the World and reflects more and more in the values of our times. The nature of this Culture exemplifies the role of the middle man. Like the eternal second, It is near the strongest but also at a safe distance from the troubles it stirs.

    One peculiarity of this Culture is the need to always look up to someone and idolize who is “better” (like who is richer or more famous. Who is more ……). That is why the Jewish culture is perfect for the agents of the New World Order and for their adored pyramid that would enslave all, except One.

    On Guard!

    Not against the greed, hypocrisy and selfishness of our culture imported by Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religions. No need to stay on guard against these 3 Religions that for the past 3,000 years have been disgracing the name of God. Instead, stay on guard from an Anglo-Judaic private society that plays with these three Religions and bets the Destiny of Humankind in a Plan that is so ambitious it is almost unimaginable.
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