Gaza Ceasefire May Mean Major Concessions


Reports are emerging of a possible ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that may entail major concessions by Israel.

The Jerusalem Post reports that an alleged draft of the ceasfire agreement, apparently brokered by Egypt, was published in the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper.

The staged ceasefire will eventually reduce the Israeli blockade of the Strip by 70 percent, open the border crossings between Israel and Gaza, give 5,000 Gaza residents work permits, and extend the fishing zone off the Strip.

The Palestinian Authority will step in to pay most salaries to Gazan government workers, who are often affiliated with Hamas, and new economic projects will be undertaken.

Hamas is crowing over the agreement, with a senior official with the terrorist group saying, "the efforts to break the blockade are close to success."

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