A senior Hamas official, spokesman and political bureau number-two (after Khaled Mashaal) Moussa Abu Marzouk, says Hamas accepts the formulation in the latest Egyptian ceasefire proposal.
The statement could have far-reaching repercussions, as the Egyptian proposal does not condition the ceasefire on economic or political benefits for Hamas or Gaza — a red line for Hamas until today that stymied past ceasefire attempts.
Abu Marzouk makes the comments to the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat.
An Islamic Jihad official tells the paper that the Egyptian proposal will strengthen the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, as it gives the West Bank-based authority control of Gaza’s border crossings — a proposal already accepted by many members of Israel’s security cabinet.
The Jihad official says his group decided to accept the Egyptian proposal in order to prevent the deaths of any more Palestinian children. He adds that Israel failed in Operation Protective Edge because it has failed to disarm the Strip or prevent the construction of additional tunnels.