Report: Terrorists Offer 10-Year Truce
Palestinian Arab sources reported Wednesday that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have drafted a ceasefire offer that would involve a 10-year truce with Israel.
The terrorists want all crossings into Gaza opened, and an international airport to be opened in Gaza. The Rafah crossing is to be opened up to international traffic, under UN supervision, with international observers along the borders.
There is no official confirmation of the offer and it is being greeted with skepticism, as more of a trial balloon than an actual offer.
Other conditions in the alleged proposal include the withdrawal of IDF tanks from areas they entered in Operation Protective Edge; a complete removal of the blockade on Gaza; an international sea port; no more flights by Israeli aircraft over Palestinian-controlled territory and expansion of the fishing zone to 10 km from the shoreline.
In addition, the terrorists demand that Israel release the terrorist prisoners who were freed in the Shalit deal and re-arrested in Operation Brother's Keeper following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens. As part of the search for the teens and their killers, IDF forces arrested hundreds of Hamas terrorists, including dozens who were released as part of the prisoner swap to free captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011, but who broke the terms of their release, which included not being involved in terrorist activity.
Other conditions leveled by the terrorist groups include that Israel be obliged not to interfere with the activity of the "Palestinian unity government", and that industrial zones along the border will be rebuilt and renovated.
A previous ceasefire proposed by Egypt was accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas Tuesday, who fired volleys of rockets at central and southern Israel and prompting the IDF to abandon ceasefire efforts and resume its aerial bombardment of terrorist positions in Gaza.