Egypt offered a cease-fire plan to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Egypt has offered its role with an effective cease-fire plan, to end a week long heavy bombing of Israel to the Palestinian in the Gaza Strip that has executed at least 185 people. The both authorities said they were seriously considering the proposal. The Egyptian offer has initiated hope in international efforts to resolve the conflict.
Hamas’ top leader in Gaza confirmed there was “diplomatic movement,” while Israel’s policy-making Security Cabinet was set to discuss the proposal early Tuesday. Arab foreign ministers discussed the plan Monday night at an emergency meeting in Cairo. US Secretary of State John Kerry would arrive in the region on Tuesday.
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced the three-step plan with a cease-fire to go into effect within 12 hours of “unconditional acceptance” by the both sides. That would be followed by the opening of Gaza’s border crossings and peace talks in Cairo between the sides within two days, according to the statement.
President Barack Obama praised Egypt’s proposal, telling Muslim-Americans that he’s hopeful the plan can restore calm.