Cairo: There is a kick off to efforts for making the ceasefire in the Palestinian city, Gaza, permanent as the representatives of Israel and Hamas have begun indirect talks about the implementation of the ceasefire deal that ended the recent violence in Gaza.
The indirect negotiations are being led by the Egyptian intermediaries in capital city of Cairo who are trying tooth and nail to cement the peace deal between the two arch rivals by engaging both parties in indirect talks.
Palestinian Hamas is expected to press for an end of the Israeli blockade on Gaza, while Israel wants alleged arms smuggling to cease.
Israel recently launched brutal attack on Gaza and killed at least 158 innocent Palestinians including the majority of children and women. The cruel bombardment by the Jewish country went on for eight days and damaged the innocent Palestinians physically, mentally and financially. Six Israelis were also killed during the eight-day offensive as Hamas fired rockets in self-defense of their people and homeland.
However, there came ceasefire agreement that stopped the brutality of Israel on Gaza. Under the terms of the initial ceasefire, agreed on Wednesday last week, Israel agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas also agreed to stop self-defense attacks against Israel along the Gaza border fence.
The ceasefire deal also called for the “opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods,” with the timing other details to be discussed “after 24 hours” of the ceasefire coming into effect.
Israeli negotiators are reported to be asking for an assurance that the alleged smuggling of weapons under Gaza’s southern border with Egypt will end.
“Israel is proposing this, no doubt,” Hamas Deputy Political Leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, told the media reporters.
“But at no stage was it part of the understanding for a ceasefire. They proposed it in the media, but not during the talks,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamas political leader, Khaled Meshaal, has telephoned the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to say the Islamist movement “welcomed” his bid to have Palestine recognized as a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations.
The announcement by Hamas was unexpected. Its leaders have previously dismissed the UN approach as a waste of time.
Abbas has said that he will push for a vote on the issue at the UN General Assembly on Thursday. If it is approved – as it expected to be – it will improve the Palestinians’ chances of joining UN agencies and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the umbrella group which represents most Palestinian factions and conducts negotiations with Israel, only has “permanent observer” status at the UN.
Israel and the US have threatened financial penalties if the Palestinians press ahead with the UN bid, saying the only way to achieve an independent state is through negotiations.