Israeli team to travel to Cairo, convey new Gaza ceasefire position – report


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Israeli team to travel to Cairo, convey new Gaza ceasefire position – report
Egyptian sources say ‘new developments’ relating to reconstruction in coastal enclave and release of captives will be communicated to Hamas via mediators next week
By Emanuel Fabian
26 June 2021

An Israeli delegation is set to meet with Egyptian mediators next week in Cairo and convey the new government’s demands regarding the ceasefire with the Hamas terror group, including on the matter of captives held in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian sources said Saturday. The unnamed sources told the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper that under the new government, headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the delegation will bring “new developments” to be conveyed to Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups, through the Egyptian mediators.

The sources said the developments pertain to Israel’s position on the reconstruction of Gaza following May’s round of fighting, and the demand to release Israeli captives held by Hamas. Hamas has so far insisted on separating prisoner negotiations from any discussions related to a potential long-term truce or the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, while Israel had linked the prisoner swap request to any further negotiations.

Two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers are currently being held in Gaza. Avraham Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed entered the Strip of their own accord, and their families say they suffer from mental illness. Hamas is also holding the bodies of Oren Shaul and Hadar Goldin, two IDF soldiers who were killed in the Strip during the 2014 Gaza war.