Hamas must meet Israel's security needs for long-standing truce: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly said that Israel will not accept any long-standing ceasefire agreement unless the Hamas meets its security needs.
While addressing a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said on Sunday that the Israeli delegation will hold on to Israel's security demands firmly during peace negotiations in Cairo, reported News 24.
The statement came as the Israeli delegation made its way back to Cairo for indirect talks with the Gaza-based Hamas to forge a long-standing truce in order to end the conflict. The talks mediated by Cairo are taking place during the five-day-long ceasefire which is scheduled to expire at midnight on Monday.
While Israel has demanded the demilitarization of Gaza as a pre-condition for beginning any talks about rebuilding the destroyed enclaves, the Hamas has demanded the lifting of the eight-year blockade on Gaza strait by Israel, a sea-port and an airport.
(Posted on 18-08-2014)