Israel, Palestinians to pick up cease-fire talks in Cairo


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week in Cairo.

The talks on Tuesday will be held through Egyptian negotiators who will shuttle between the two sides, according to reports.

The negotiation of truce terms was part of the Aug. 26 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas to end 50 days of warring. Topics up for discussion include building a Gaza seaport and airport, the release of Palestinian prisoners and the return of the remains of Israeli soldiers.

At the request of Israel, the talks were moved forward one day from their originally scheduled date so they would not conflict with the observance of Rosh Hashanah, which begins on Wednesday night, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported, citing senior Israeli officials.

On Monday, also in Cairo, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas will begin their reconciliation talks, also at Egypt’s invitation.

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