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Report: Hamas Accepts Long-Term Gaza Ceasefire Deal

•, Jason Ditz

Reports out of Egypt are suggesting that Hamas leadership has accepted a long-term ceasefire deal with Israel on the Gaza Strip. Israel is said to have sent officials to Qatar for talks on the matter, but whether Israel agrees or not is to be decided at a Sunday cabinet meeting.

The deal is a multi-phased ceasefire intended to end with a 5-10 year ceasefire agreement, and negotiations to follow between the two sides. The deal starts with an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, including an end to incendiary kite and balloon flights, and border protests. In return, Israel would reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing, and Egypt would permanently open the Rafah crossing.

Following this immediate move, Hamas and Fatah would return to a reconciliation deal, with an eye toward elections in Gaza in the next six months. Finally, the long-term ceasefire would be put in place, with improved access to imports for Gazans.