Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israel Mum on Gaza Ceasefire Decision After Cabinet Meeting

Israel Mum on Gaza Ceasefire Decision After Cabinet Meeting

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008, the last of them in 2014.

Husam Badran, a member of the "Hamas" politburo, offered Sunday assurances that the movement would not agree to establish a state in Gaza and would not reach any political arrangement without Palestinian national consensus. "A complete ceasefire [by the Palestinians] will lead, on Israel's part, to the reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing and renewal of the permits given in respect to the fishing zones", an Israeli official said as cited by Reuters.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organizer from a group named Ship to Gaza which organized the trip.

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According to one Egyptian official, the Foreign Ministry in Cairo instructed its diplomats in a June 10 cable to emphasize that Egypt would not budge from its position that Israel is the country with exclusive, ultimate responsibility for Gaza.

Hamas officials had no immediate comment on the ship's seizure.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.

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On Sunday, when the Israeli security cabinet convened to discuss the Gaza truce ideas, one member - Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz - tweeted that these should include "bringing Egyptian infrastructure, at sea and on land, to bear for the good of Gaza, under worldwide supervision".

Hamas leaders have been meeting for several days in Gaza to discuss the Egyptian-brokered agreement. Fatah claims that such transaction, a "free gift" for Israel, and proposed a truce - part of the efforts of the President of the United States to eliminate the Palestinian cause within the framework of his plan for peace in the middle East.

It also attacked "a terrorist squad that was launching arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel", the army said in an English-language statement. Palestinian medics said four people were wounded.

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Construction continues on the background of the border conflict. It is 50 metres wide and a six-metre high steel fence is placed next to it facing the Gaza side which will have surveillance devices placed on it.

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