Egyptian Intelligence chief visited Israel to discuss ‘final details’ of a one-sided ceasefire
The head of Egypt’s General Intelligence visited Israel on Wednesday in an attempt to advance talks for a prolonged cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat reported Thursday.
According to Arab sources quoted in the report, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel was in Tel Aviv to “discuss the final details of an integrated agreement that included Israel’s approval of the truce,” as well as plans for humanitarian initiatives in Gaza and indirect negotiations with the Hamas terror group over prisoner exchanges.
Kamel was also expected to meet with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah during his visit, according to the report, as Cairo works to involve the PA in the talks and have it reassume control of Gaza.
According to reports, Abbas fears that an agreement between Israel and Hamas will strengthen Hamas status in Gaza and that he will be pushed to the sidelines.
Kamel’s visit follows two Hamas and Islamic Jihad expeditions to Cairo that discussed the agreement’s details. Other Gaza officials are to travel to Cairo on Thursday in order to further discuss the details.
The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas includes:
Back to 2014 cease-fire; no border riots; the opening of Kerem Shalom; expanding fishing to 9 nautical miles; a sea passage from Cyprus to Gaza overseen by Israeli security forces; electricity and wages of government employees financed by Qatar; future discussion over the returning of MIA soldiers held in Gaza.
Yesterday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing and expanded the fishing zone off Gaza to 9 nautical miles.
17,854 tons of goods in 637 trucks entered Gaza yesterday, through Kerem Shalom Crossing. There were 4 ambulance crossings through Erez Crossing. 119 persons entered Israel from Gaza for humanitarian purposes.
Meanwhile, Hamas terrorists in Gaza continue to launch firebombs attached to balloons in order to burn Israeli fields, wildlife, people’s food and livelihoods.
Fire department units dealt with a number of fires in Israeli towns near the Gaza border.