Wide gaps remain between Israel and the Palestinians in reaching a long-term deal on the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said, as Hamas warned there would be no more truces beyond the one due to end midnight tomorrow.
No progress has been made in the Cairo talks that resumed yesterday, according to the Israeli official, who wasn’t authorized to comment on the record. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting of top ministers scheduled today to discuss the negotiations, while Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the armed forces to prepare for renewed fighting when the cease-fire ends tomorrow night.
“On Wednesday at midnight I don’t know if we will have come to an arrangement,” Ya’alon said at a Navy base in remarks broadcast on Channel 2 television. “It’s possible that firing will break out again and we will fire on them and carry out operations and they will attack at sea or elsewhere,” he said. […]