Israel-Hamas truce talks ‘advanced’

Some hope of a de-escalation of ongoing hostilities between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Reuters: Hamas says indirect Gaza truce talks with Israel ‘advanced’

U.N.- and Egyptian-mediated talks on a deal to tamp down tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in “advanced stages”, a senior member of the Palestinian enclave’s dominant Islamist Hamas group said on Wednesday.

“We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them,” Khalil Al-Hayya, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza, told Al Jazeera television.

Neither Hamas nor Israel, which last fought a war in 2014, appears keen on another full-blown conflict. But public demands by either side for a detainee release by the other appear to have been a stumbling block in securing a long-term truce.

The remarks were echoed by a top Israeli lawmaker, suggesting a possible breakthrough after four months of confrontations and clashes that stirred mutual threats of war.

Avi Dichter, the committee of the Israeli parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee, struck a cautiously upbeat note on Wednesday. “I very much hope that we are on the brink of a new day on the matter of Gaza,” he told reporters.

In return for calm in Gaza, Israeli officials said on Sunday they would reopen a commercial border terminal that had been shuttered in response to the fire damage, and expand a Palestinian fishing zone.

Netanyahu called off a trip to Colombia this week to attend to the Gaza truce talks, and was due to convene his decision-making security cabinet on Thursday to discuss the negotiations.

So there’s efforts being made and some hope of a calming down of a volatile and violent situation.

This is a long way from solving all the problems in Israel, but it’s a positive move and shows a willingness by both sides to avoid all out war.

Neither the United Nations nor Egypt have publicly detailed their proposals for Gaza, beyond saying they should bring extensive economic relief for its 2 million Palestinians, many of them plagued by unemployment and failing public utilities.

Good to see the UN trying to bring opponents together and resolve problems there. They usually get a lot of criticism and little credit.

Also good to see Egypt helping.

4 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  August 9, 2018

    Why do they persist with these pantomimes? There can never, ever, be a truce of any long standing where Jews and Muslims are concerned in the Middle East.

    It’s up to Israel to end this situation once and for all.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  August 9, 2018

      How?

      • Corky

         /  August 9, 2018

        Ask which Palestinians want to live in peace with Israel..to please cross the border into Israel? Annihilate what is left. It would be a small mercy for all involved.

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