Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

'Hamas' Seeks ‘Progressive’ Deal for Calm in Gaza

'Hamas' Seeks ‘Progressive’ Deal for Calm in Gaza

Fatah criticized "Hamas" for being involved in "shameful negotiations" with Israel, saying the deal aims "to separate Gaza from the homeland and establish a small state which would be the graveyard for our national project".

On Friday, firefighters had worked to extinguish 16 blazes caused by incendiary balloons across Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services said.

Freedom was the second boat of the "Freedom Flotilla" to be intercepted en route to "break the blockade" on Gaza, organizers said.

Hamas officials had no immediate comment on the ship's seizure.

Israel's defense minister has published a video of a sea obstacle Israel is building to prevent attacks from Gaza, the territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Israel would also expand the fishing zone for Palestinians off the coast of Gaza. There was no immediate response from Cairo.

According to one Egyptian official, the Foreign Ministry in Cairo instructed its diplomats in a June 10 cable to emphasize that Egypt would not budge from its position that Israel is the country with exclusive, ultimate responsibility for Gaza.

But Egyptian officials have privately voiced worry about Israeli calls for them to be more involved in Gaza, proposals that they think may dovetail with the Trump administration's efforts to address Palestinian grievances with pan-Arab help. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Hamas is holding hostage at least two Israeli civilians who crossed into Gaza during episodes of poor mental health, as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers who were killed in action.

The Shaul family plans to protest the deal in front of the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday morning, when the security cabinet is to meet to discuss the agreement.

Also on Sunday, the Israeli military said it fired toward a vehicle used by Palestinian balloon-launchers in Gaza on Sunday.

That's an very bad lot of improvements to the human rights situation in Gaza, and some of them aren't directly and permanently under Israel's control.

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