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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cairo talks at 'dead end'

With the current 'cease fire' due to end at Midnight Wednesday night, Arutz Sheva is reporting that the Cairo talks are at a 'dead end.'
Indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo to broker an end to the Gaza conflict have so far made no progress, a senior Israeli official said Tuesday.
"The gaps are still very wide. There has not been progress in the negotiations," he told AFP.
Israel Hayom cited “an official diplomatic source” as saying the talks had reached “a dead end” and the gaps were too wide.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been due to discuss the Cairo talks with his Diplomacy and Security Cabinet later on Tuesday afternoon but the meeting was cancelled, media reports said.
Late on Monday, a Palestinian official in Cairo told AFP that the first day of talks had lasted nearly 10 hours.
"The negotiations were serious," he said, adding that the Israelis were insisting on the demilitarization of Hamas, the defacto power in Gaza, but that the Palestinians had refused it.
"(Tuesday's) meeting should be the most important," he said, indicating the talks were expected to tackle core issues such as the eight-year-old Israeli blockade of the territory.
I guess we haven't hit Hamas hard enough yet. Maybe if we go after their leadership instead of just blowing up their ammunition dumps, they'll get the idea that we don't intend to go on living under their threats.

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