Qatari pressure on long-term truce deal between Hamas and Israel in Gaza

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An Israeli envoy has visited the Qatari capital of Doha in recent days to obtain Qatari funds for a deal to be finalized between Hamas and Israel, according to Israel’s Channel 2 in a report that did not give further details.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Hamas leaders living abroad is visiting Gaza to hold a meeting with Hamas leaders in the Strip.

They are considering a proposal to sign a long-term truce agreement between Hamas and Israel in exchange for economic prosperity and easing the siege on the Strip.

According to the Times of Israel, Egypt hammered out a ceasefire agreement that will re-open the Rafah border crossing with Egypt as well as loosen restrictions on the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel.

The agreement would also hand over control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority and hold elections in six months, which would be the first time they would be held in Gaza since 2006.

The agreement would also set forth humanitarian efforts for Gaza and begin negotiations with Israel over the Israeli soldiers that have been held captive in Gaza.

Hamas has already hinted that it has not objected to the details of the agreement, but called for amendments, especially concerning a waterway linking the Gaza Strip with Egypt or Cyprus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled his visit to Colombia to discuss the latest developments in a cabinet meeting.

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