PREAMBLE: A five-day truce held through its third full day on Saturday, but prospects for a longer term arrangement appeared to dim.
An 11-point Egyptian ceasefire proposal was rejected by several Hamas leaders and spokesmen. Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal, speaking in Qatar, said Hamas insisted on a full lifting of the Gaza blockade and the opening of a seaport and airport. Israel’s position has been that easing of access to Gaza requires the disarming of Hamas, so that it cannot exploit any lifting of the blockade.
Talks in Cairo are meant to resume on Sunday. The truce is set to expire at midnight on Monday.