A ceasefire proposal presented to Israel by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday made scarce reference to Israel’s security needs, Haaretz claimed on Sunday.
Israel quickly rejected the proposal, with some commentators questioning Kerry’s grasp of the situation in Gaza.
The newspaper claimed that the draft banned Israel from destroying the so-called terror tunnels that entered Israeli territory from Gaza during a proposed seven-day humanitarian ceasefire.
According to Haaretz, the draft contained 3 key items outlining the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the “Palestinian factions.” These items include a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire beginning Sunday evening, use of the understandings reached after Pillar of Defense in 2012 as a starting point, and talks in Cairo “within 48 hours” to resolve outstanding issues pertinent to maintaining a long-term cease-fire.
Haaretz said that Hamas’ demands were all met in the draft, including opening of border crossings, passage of goods, and payment of civil servant salaries. However, there is no mention, Haaretz said, of Israel’s central demand for the Gaza Strip to be demilitarized and the terror tunnels destroyed.