Arab media reports that Egypt is trying to get the terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip to enter into a 5-year ceasefire with Israel. Representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are now in Egypt in connection with the negotiations. Israel does not participate in direct negotiations, but uses Egypt as a mediator.
Negotiations have been going on for a long time, but were put back after Islamic Jihad fired more than 450 rockets at Israel in the course of approx. two days in mid-November. Hamas, on the other hand, did not take part in the latest round of conflicts, which gives hope that it is interested in a long-term ceasefire with Israel.
Egypt is trying to persuade the parties to conclude a five-year ceasefire. According to Arab media, the militant leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are facing international pressure to restore stability and reach an agreement.
In the course of the negotiations, Israel has agreed on several humanitarian measures to improve conditions in Gaza. Among other things, there has been a marked increase in the number of Palestinians from Gaza who have been granted work permits in Israel. Measures have been taken to improve access to electricity and water. New water pipes are also being laid to Gaza from Israel. And there is talk of building a desalination plant that will give Gaza greater access to clean drinking water. In addition, the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza has been expanded from 10 to 15 nautical miles.