Sources: Israel proposes Gaza truce


Israel presented Hamas with terms for a truce in Gaza, an Arab newspaper reported.


The proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip only was delivered to Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders by Egypt, Palestinian sources told the London-based daily newspaper Al-Hayat Monday. Under the terms of the six-month truce, Israel would be flexible about border crossings, while the Palestinians would halt attacks from Gaza into southern Israel.


In the past, Palestinian leaders have insisted that a cease-fire extend to the West Bank as well.


The newspapers sources said Hamas was receptive to the proposal, but that Islamic Jihad and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ associates, as well as other factions, were opposed.

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