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Is Israel really interested in a truce with Palestinians in Gaza?

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On the 51st Friday of the Great March of Return protests, march spokesperson Daoud Shehab announced the failure of the indirect talks held between the Palestinian resistance factions and Israel to reach a truce in the Gaza Strip. This news shocked Gazans, who have been waiting for the fruits of these talks for a year.

The next day, MEMO asked senior Hamas member Khalil Al-Hayya about the issue and he said: “This is not true and the Egyptian mediation in this file is still in place.” However, he recognised that “there is a kind of Israeli procrastination.”

Al-Hayya said the talks, which have been taking as a result of the pressure placed by the Great March of Return, “had tangible impacts on the ground”.

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“Gaza residents have more than ten hours of electricity every day instead of four hours before the talks. The Israeli occupation allowed Qatar to pay a $100 monthly payment to thousands of poor families, crossings are opened on daily basis, trade with Egypt increased and the fishing zone expanded.”

Al-Hayya also said that the Israeli occupation had pledged to offer more in return for the suspension of the protests in the east of the Gaza Strip. He denied that Egypt’s mediation in the matter had come to an end and........

© Middle East Monitor