Israel denies offering Hamas and Islamic Jihad yearlong truce in Gaza

Israel on Sunday denied that it had proposed to ensure a period of calm in the Gaza Strip of up to a year if Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists stop firing rockets. Jerusalem officials told Israel Radio that Israel's stance regarding any period of calm was clear, saying that there was no agreement whatsoever and no negotiations over a truce. The denial came following a report in the London-based Al Hayat newspaper that Egypt had relayed the Israeli truce proposal to Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives during a meeting at the Rafah border crossing on Saturday night.