Israel Rewards Gaza for 2 Days of Calm
Hamas reportedly agrees to Egyptian-brokered truce that could eventually see Gaza back in the hands of the PA
Relative calm has prevailed in and around the Gaza Strip for the past 48 hours. No fire kites, no riots and no attempts to breach the security fence. So, Israel's taking the opportunity to clarify what the residents of Gaza have to gain from maintaining the calm, and what they'll again lose should more violence erupt.
Israel's government on Tuesday discussed reopening the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza, as well as expanding the coastal enclaves fishing zone.
Egypt was reportedly involved in hashing out the terms of a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas. Leaders from the terror group headed to Cairo at the beginning of the week to negotiate the details, under which Hamas must not only cease all violence again Israel, but must also resume reconciliation talks aimed at bringing the Palestinian Authority back to the Gaza Strip.
Israeli media, including the Ynet news portal and Channel 10, reported today that back in May, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to set the groundwork for such an agreement.
PHOTO: Fishing boats in the port of Gaza (Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90)