Cairo draft accord may embody Israeli concessions on security in return for Hamas truce

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DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, contained, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire on the Israeli population for an extended, though unspecified, period, a number of Israeli concessions and waivers. They are subject to endorsement by the Israeli security cabinet, which does not convene until Tuesday. The Egyptian foreign ministry later Monday announced that the two parties had agreed to extend the Gaza truce for 24 hours “to complete negotiations.”

These provisions of this draft, according to Egyptian sources – though not confirmed by Israeli officials – are disclosed here for the first time:

1. Palestinian fishing rights are extended from 3 to 12 miles.
2. Israel will restore the Gaza Strip’s electrical power capacity within a year.
3. The Palestinian Authority based in Ramallah will oversee and administer all the rehabilitation operations to be performed in the Gaza Strip.
4. An international mechanism will be formed to monitor the building materials delivered to Gaza.
5. Israel will lift its financial restrictions on Gaza’s banks.
6. Israel and Hamas will begin discussing the building of a deep sea port and international airport for the Gaza Strip in a month’s time.
7. They will also embark on parallel negotiations for the release of Palestinians in Israeli security prisons.

8. An extension of the truce and cessation of hostilities between the two parties will take place.
DEBKAfile’s sources report an attempt by some Israeli officials to present the draft as incorporating a process which separates the humanitarian and security issues.

However, it may be that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon are looking for a pretext to explain the concessions that were made for the sake of a ceasefire for an indefinite period – or else they are trying to ward off Egyptian-Palestinian browbeating for a deal.

According to the disclosures so far, the draft agreement – if it is approved by the cabinet – will embody four major Israeli concessions:

— Waiving demilitarization of the Gaza Strip and disarmament of Hamas’s rockets and terror tunnels at this point.
— Lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip – economically and by the establishment of ports.
— Reversal of a government decision to abstain from negotiating the release of convicted Palestinian terrorists from jail, which the Israeli public will never accept.

— Rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip before any steps are taken towards disarming Hamas.

The danger of this waiver is already apparent in the announcement by the radical Popular Committees faction that it is not bound by any Hamas commitment to suspend rocket attacks. In any case, according to a Egyptian foreign ministry statement late Monday: Israel and the Palestinians have only agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire extension – i.e., until Tuesday midnight, for further negotiations.

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  1. honeybee Said:

    No my Dear, that’s Obama. Perry is Texas’s Republican Manchurian candidate.

    That’s what I wrote -Perry is Hamas’s oil profiteering, Texan, Republican, Manchurian candidate.

    Obama is the oil conglomerate’s Democratic Manchurian candidate.

    They got all the parties covered.

  2. Max Said:
    < Perry he’s Hamas’s Republican Manchurian candidate?

    No my Dear, that’s Obama. Perry is Texas’s Republican Manchurian candidate.

  3. honeybee Said:

    No of Pot plants ??????????

    So is Perry a front man for the oil conglomerate? – that means – so he’s Hamas’s Republican Manchurian candidate?

  4. Max Said:

    A major part of this they would be wealth owners connected with oil,

    G-D BLESS TEXAS !!!!!!!!!! Free Gov. Perry!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. yamit82 Said:

    When you speak about defeat you should define your terms and how you believe it should be accomplished.

    Defeat is when the enemy begs for an end to all hostilities without making demands of the victors. But what do I know. I am as innocent about military tactics as a ” novice in a nunnery”.

  6. Max Said:

    They are probably 100 people (wealth owning families) if that.

    IE this specific they for this policy not the entire power elite though the entire group is quite small. A major part of this they would be wealth owners connected with oil,
    Find an alternative energy source and Islamofascism will join the Third Reich.
    —-

    errata: “realty” s/b “really”
    🙂

  7. yamit82 Said:

    I really hate armchair generals.

    Then there is your country that support Hamas and is as antisemitic as any Muslim country or worse. They always seek to deny us our ability to defend ourselves.

    I realty hate armchair generalists.

    Power in a such a country is pluralistic and has changed over time. The tracing of policy requires detailed understanding of power groups over time some of which are strengthened , others no longer extant others new, others modified.
    And “they“, “they” , who is “they“, certainly not the current President – he was groomed, cultivated and selected to represent “they”, completely replaceable by another one of the same bent, replaceable by “they”. Even if he thinks he is directing policy, he is deluding himself, he is there by arrangement at the behest of others.

    They are probably 100 people (wealth owning families) if that.
    The composition of “they” for a Republican President has a great deal of overlap with the “they’ of a Democratic President.
    “They” have no control over themselves – no individual in the group can stop the group and would be destroyed in trying.
    The group acts for it’s own selfish purposes at the expense of all others, but these are pluralistic groups., currently. Once they become unified, as the trend suggests, then they is America ie totalitarianism.

    What is the solution to ‘they”?

    Good question. But there is no answer without understanding the question.

    “E Pluribus Amentia”
    E Pluribus Dictatores

  8. @ AbbaGuutuu:

    Nice theory but how to accomplish?

    How effective has been Americas war against Al-Qaeda? Keep in mind that Hamas is well entrenched in Y&S and cities like Hebron are considered to be Hamas controlled strongholds.

    When you speak about defeat you should define your terms and how you believe it should be accomplished.

    I really hate armchair generals.

    Then there is your country that support Hamas and is as antisemitic as any Muslim country or worse. They always seek to deny us our ability to defend ourselves.

    Example: Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Report: US offers to guarantee Israel doesn’t interfere with Gaza missile construction?

    [Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA: What would the US guaranty?

    Keep in mind that the Egyptian proposal would allow Hamas to manufacture missiles and anything else it wants to as long as it doesn’t fire them for the time being while prohibiting Israel from taking any action against literally any and every activity Hamas may take to prepare to attack Israel until the moment that the attack is launched.]

    Report: US offers to act as guarantor in Gaza cease-fire talks

    By JPOST.COM STAFF 08/17/2014 09:18
    http://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/report-us-offers-to-act-as-guarantor-in-gaza-cease-fire-talks-371307

  9. Israel should totally stop recurring wars and meaningless truces with Hamas and other Islamists in Gaza by defeating them. Unless Hamas is forced to surrender, Israeli’s who reside close to Gaza will lose confidence in their government and may loose hope to live there.

    Survival of Hamas is a guarantee for future wars. Releasing criminals might have encouraged and could encourage Hamas terrorist activities by lessening a deterrence effect that jail terms could have.