Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Israeli official denies secret deal with US to lift Gaza siege


An Israeli official, Tuesday, denied a report regarding "understandings" between Israel and the US, in regard to a supposed gradual lifting of the blockade on Gaza.

Israeli news website Ynet cited an unnamed government official who apparently said that Israel told Washington it had agreed to incrementally remove the Egyptian-backed blockade of Gaza, first by opening the crossings and, later, additionally permitting the opening of the sea port.

The lifting of the blockade is a key demand of the Palestinian delegation, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. The demands are in line with the Oslo Accords, which Israel violated, upon the election of Hamas, who they constinue to stigmatize as a terrorist organization.

The Israeli official, speaking to Channel 2 on condition of anonymity, said that no comprehensive agreement for a long-term truce has been made, and that the Israeli delegation remained in Cairo for the sake of undermine the so-called "Egyptian Initiative".

Contrary to other reports, Al Ray stated that Israeli representatives have not left Egypt following an agreement to lift the blockade on Gaza, according to a senior Israeli official involved in negotiations. more

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