Egypt sends new cease-fire plan to Israel, Palestinians


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egyptian mediators have proposed a new cease-fire plan to Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are willing to accept the deal if Israel does, the French news agency AFP reported, citing an unnamed senior Palestinian official. Both sides have been contacted with the details of the proposal, an unnamed Egyptian official told AFP. There was no Israeli response by mid-Monday afternoon.

The deal calls for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza and allowing in construction materials to rebuild Gaza. Discussion on disputed issues would be left for negotiations in a month if the cease-fire holds.

The disputed issues, including the demilitarization of Gaza and a Gaza airport, have prevented the signing of a long-term cease-fire since Israel launched its military operation in Gaza on July 8.


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