USA, Egypt and Qatar they are pressuring Israel and Hamas to begin a phased diplomatic process leading to the end of hostilities and to return of Israeli hostages in the hands of Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, as a preliminary step to a comprehensive agreement of peace for the region.
As revealed this Sunday by security sources The Wall Street Journal, The mediators have proposed a 90 day plan that he would first suspend fighting for an unspecified number of days so that Hamas to release all Israeli civilian hostages firstwhile Israel would free hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange, would withdraw forces of Gaza, would allow the freedom of movement in the Strip and would double the help that arrives at the enclave.
In the second stage, Hamas would free Israeli female soldiers and hand over their bodies that he has in his possession in exchange for new releases of Palestinian prisoners by Israel.
A third phase would involve the release of Israeli soldiers and men of fighting age which Hamas considers soldiers, according to Egyptian officials, while Israel would begin the “redeployment” of some of its units outside the current borders of the Gaza Strip.
The plan also contemplates the creation of an international fund for the reconstruction of Gaza and security guarantees for Hamas political leaders, Egyptian sources told The Wall Street Journal, before taking the last step: conversations for a permanent ceasefirethe normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia and the relaunch of a process to create an independent Palestinian state.
The initiative is still in a embryonic state and viewed with considerable suspicion by both Hamas and Israel, according to the WSJ.
However, people briefed on the conversations said that Israel and HamasAt least they were ready to start conversations again after weeks of stalemate following the end of the last ceasefire on November 30. Negotiations will continue in Cairo in the coming days.
The “willingness of both parties to discuss the framework was a positive step. The mediators are now working to bridge the gap,” one of the people informed of the conversations told the American newspaper.
The United States, Egypt and Qatar consider that another hostage deal is the key to put a prolonged end to the fighting.
In November, the lull in fighting lasted a week and was accompanied by a exchange of 100 Israeli hostages in Gaza for more than 300 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Trip of a senior US advisor
Within the framework of the new plan to negotiate the end of hostilities in Gaza, the Coordinator of the United States National Council for the Middle East, Brett Magurka journey will begin Egypt and Qatar.
As confirmed by three sources close to the trip to the American portal Axios, McGurk would begin the trip tonight heading to Cairo, to meet with the Egyptian Intelligence Minister, Abas Kamelconsidered the great mediator of the talks, currently paralyzed, between Israel and Hamas.
In Qatar, McGurk will meet with the prime minister, Mohamed bin Abdulrraman al Zaniaccording to the same sources of Axios.
(With information from Europa Press)