RAMALLAH, July 15, 2014 – (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli security cabinet welcomed early Tuesday night the Egypt-brokered truce deal between Hamas and Israel.
Abbas commended the efforts exerted by Egypt to protect the Palestinian people and urged all parties to comply with this truce in order to stop the shedding of Palestinian blood and safeguard the Palestinian higher national interests.
Abbas expressed his hopes that this truce would pave the way to political efforts that would lead to an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state.
Meanwhile, the Israeli security cabinet accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire as the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip entered its second week.
The cabinet announced its decision to accept the truce deal during a meeting held early Tuesday to seriously study Egypt’s proposal.
The cabinet stated in a press release: “06:00 GMT (9 AM Jerusalem time) has been set for the beginning of the implementation of truce arrangements between the two sides.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Economy Minister Naftali Bennet and Housing Minister Uri Ariel opposed the truce deal.
Israeli Deputy ‘Defense’ Minister Danny Danon, Deputy Education Minister Avi Wortzman as well as members of Knesset Ayelet Shaked and Miri Regev all reportedly opposed the deal.
Under the Egypt-brokered truce proposal published on Haaretz, Israel shall cease aerial, ground and naval bombardment of Gaza Strip as well as refrain from launching any ground aggression into the strip. The Palestinian factions, on the other hand, shall cease their operations against Israel, namely rocket firing.