The region is witnessing political efforts to consolidate the ceasefire between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Israeli Foreign Minister is holding talks in Egypt, while the head of the Egyptian Intelligence Service is visiting Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories.
The discussions, according to several sources, include fixing the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, with the introduction of humanitarian aid, agreement on a plan for the reconstruction of the Strip, and a prisoner exchange file. Read also A fragile calm and a suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip”I am a hero and I have hope” … the story of a child who lost his eyes due to the Israeli bombing of Gaza, roaming communication platforms The Joint Operations Room of the Resistance in Gaza is a nucleus of the “Liberation Army”
The Israeli side seeks to link the reconstruction and the flow of humanitarian aid to the release of its captured soldiers, but sources confirm that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) separates the two matters.
The official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation stated that Kamel will meet with a number of senior officials before heading to Ramallah and Gaza “to install the ceasefire and push forward the reconstruction of the Strip.”
On the other hand, Hussein al-Sheikh, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that the Egyptian intelligence chief arrives today “to consult with the Palestinian leadership on the latest developments after the recent aggression on our people and its repercussions.”
He added that Kamel will discuss with the leadership “what is happening to the city of Jerusalem and its sanctuaries, as well as the issue of the reconstruction of Gaza and the Palestinian national dialogue.”
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in Egypt where he will meet his counterpart Sameh Shoukry, the first visit of an Israeli foreign minister to Cairo since 2008.
Upon his arrival, Ashkenazi said that he would discuss with his Egyptian counterpart “mechanisms of calm and rebuild Gaza under international supervision,” and would focus on “returning our soldiers and citizens who are in the grip of Hamas.”
These moves came on the heels of a tour by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in the region, last Wednesday and Thursday, which included Israel, the West Bank, Egypt and Jordan, during which he sought to install a ceasefire with the Palestinian factions, and to mobilize the international community to advance relief efforts in Gaza.
Blinken stressed during the visit to avoid various actions that could intentionally or unintentionally lead to another round of violence, noting that during his visit to the region – directly from the Israelis and indirectly from Hamas – he heard that the two sides want to preserve the ceasefire.