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Israel and Hamas to Resume Talks on Rosh Hashana Eve

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal at a news conference in Tehran, Iran, 2008. Photo: wiki commons – Negotiations between Israel and Hamas are expected to resume on Wednesday, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, in an effort to reach a final agreement that would solidify the cease-fire reached in August.

Hamas spokesperson Salah Bardawil said that “in the coming indirect negotiations in Cairo, we will discuss the issues that were postponed until the end of this month, on top of them the port and the airport as well as the prisoners,” Reuters reported.

“Also we will discuss the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip,” he added.

Meanwhile, Israeli International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said he has little “hope regarding the Cairo talks” if Hamas does not agree to a disarmament.

“Unfortunately I don’t see Hamas accepting this principle, so except immediate rehabilitation— there is no real long-term solution to the Gaza situation,” Steinitz said.

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