Egypt: Israel must not take action against Hamas leaders during negotiations

Saudi news site Elaph reported that Director of Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate Major General Khaled Fawzy met with Israeli officials to discuss the Hamas-Fatah talks.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
October 5, 2017 20:19
Yehia Sinwar

File photo taken on October 21, 2011 shows then Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (L) and freed Palestinian prisoner Yahya Sinwar (R), a founder of Hamas' military wing, waving as supporters celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in Khan Y. (photo credit: SAID KHATIB / AFP)

 
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Details of Egypt's program for Hamas-Fatah reconciliation were presented on Tuesday to Israeli officials in Jerusalem by Major General Khaled Fawzy, the director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate, Saudi news site Elaph reported.

The Egyptian program includes the Palestinian Authority's complete control of the Gaza Strip, including a monopoly on weapons which will be closely monitored by Egyptian security.

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The first step to this will be Hamas handing over their weapons to the PA security forces, a high-level Egyptian official stated.

A high-level Israeli official said that during the meeting Fawzy requested Israel not take action against top Hamas leaders such as Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar, as they are working alongside the Egyptians to ensure this program will be successful.

Fawzy listened to the Israeli demands in return, which included that Hamas's recognition of Israel and that they honor previous agreements.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah holds cabinet meeting in Gaza, October 3, 2017. (Reuters)

The Israeli official claimed Israel is willing to allow some time to pass until Hamas disarms.

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