No Comment on Palestinian Claims of Deal Deadline

YERUSHALAYIM -

A senior Palestinian official in Gaza claimed on Tuesday that Israel has agreed to act within a week on a package of concessions in the ceasefire negotiations, according to media reports.

However, no Israeli officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, nor in the Foreign or Defense Ministry, would comment on the statement, The Times of Israel said.

The Palestinian official was quoted as saying that ceasefire terms included lifting restrictions on the import of many goods into the Gaza Strip. For their part, the terror groups will halt the violence, except for “peaceful” border protests.

He threatened that “all options would be on the table” if Israel fails to comply.

The Gaza-based official, who was described as a senior politician, said Israel agreed to “lift restrictions on importing 30 percent of so-called dual-use goods into Gaza and allow for increased exports from [the Strip].”

“Dual-use” is a term that covers items that can be used for either civilian or military purposes. Palestinians in Gaza have been required to receive special permits to import goods that Israel categorizes as dual-use.

It was also claimed that the fishing zone off the Gaza coast would be fully restored.

“Israel consented to widening the fishing zone to six nautical miles in the north, nine near Gaza City, 12 in the center and 15 in the south,” he said. “This is the same arrangement that was implemented at the start of April.”