August 14, 2014
NO NEED TO SHED BLOOD WHEN YOU'RE GETTING EVERYTHING YOU WANTED:
Hamas talks of 'real chance' for Gaza agreement with Israel (Harriet Sherwood, 8/14/14, theguardian.com)
Hamas believes there is a "real opportunity" to reach an agreement with Israel in Cairo negotiations to end the conflict in Gaza, saying it is "not interested in more bloodshed". [...]Egyptian mediators appeared to be striving for a two-part agreement. The initial deal would focus on easing Israeli restrictions on imports and exports, increasing the number of permits issued to Gazans to enter or travel through Israel, reducing the size of the no-go "buffer zone" inside Gaza's perimeter, and expanding the permitted fishing zone.The second part, to follow some weeks later, would focus on Hamas's demands for a sea and airport, and the possible release of some Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in the conflict which Hamas is believed to be holding as a bargaining tool.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2014 8:12 PM