Gaza war: optimism fades as talks to resume

Cairo - A Palestinian negotiator says his side is "less optimistic" on indirect talks with Israel over the Gaza war as a deadline on a temporary ceasefire looms.

The negotiator spoke on Sunday on condition of anonymity as the Palestinian team arrived at the Cairo International Airport. Israeli officials were expected to arrive later.

A current ceasefire in the war is due to expire at midnight on Monday (21:00 GMT).

The Palestinian negotiator says that a key sticking point remains Hamas' insistence that Israel pledge to end its Gaza blockade before the talks conclude.

The United Nations says close to 2 000 Palestinians have been killed - mostly civilians - and more than 10 000 people have been wounded since the war began on 8 July.

Israel has lost 67 people, all but three soldiers.

Shaun O'Meara 2014/08/17 10:43:01 AM
Israel you know that they are playing for time. Finish what you are meant to do so you can live in peace.
Enig Ma 2014/08/17 11:08:17 AM
Sad! The eventual outcome is written in stone. No negotiations can alter this!
mmmmTim 2014/08/17 11:46:44 AM
Well maybe the negotiations would go better if the Hamas "leaders" sitting on Daoha stopped threatening Israel with a "long war". Can the morons not see that they are playing straight into Israel's hands? Israel will happily continue with this start-stop demolition until Gaza is flattened and all the people are just sitting on heaps of rubble. And the Arabs will just watch it happen.
Riaz Kajee 2014/08/17 12:23:59 PM
Israel keeps on building illegal settlements on palestinian land, demolished many palestinian homes against many UN resolutions. How can such a country claim to want peace. They want all of palestine and the US can't do nothing becoz their whole political system is enslaved to their zionist masters. And remember israel started this latest war by burning a palestinian boy alive when there was no evidence of hamas involvement in the kidnapping
Alan Yates 2014/08/17 12:26:38 PM
Ignorant leftists who have bought into this fake "free palestine" narrative will rue the day when HAMAS/FATAH/ISIS types arrive at their door and tell them to "revert or die" like their kind are doing in the name of Islam in Mosul today...HAMAS=BOKO=ALQUEDA=Islam. Boycott BDS and Boycott the 1400 year old Jihad and Sharia ideology of its desert Bedouin Arabic founder (who started off with Ethnically cleansing those who would not accept his evil creed - Muhammad expelled from Medina the Banu Qaynuqa, one of three main Jewish tribes)...
Riaz Kajee 2014/08/17 01:15:32 PM
The above was released by wikileaks founder Edward Snowden
Ndlovu Bigone 2014/08/17 01:24:54 PM
Goodluck unfortunately it's bad luck for you. As much as you believe one settler one bullet , it ain't going to happen.22 Arab states have tried and lost hopelessly. So much so that If you bloody idiots would have recognized A Jewish state Israel in 1948 ,you wouldn't be fighting over Gaza or Jerusalem or the West Bak,as Gaza was part of Egypt ,Jerusalem,Was part of Jordan and the West Bank as well. If and it seems you don't by your moronic struggle comments you don't believe there is any place for Israel in the Middle East , there really is no point in even talking. And if that's the case, your body count is going to get worse. mind you it shouldn't matter seen that 200000 people have been killed in Syria ,and Isis are chasing away every non muslim in Iraq and yo haven't said a word.Idiot
Mally Gee 2014/08/17 02:55:18 PM
The Arabs do not want peace and for that reason no peace is possible. The Khartoum Consensus of 1967 consisted of eight Arab heads of state who formulated the policies of Arab states against Israel. The resolution adopted the dictum of no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel (also called "The 3 No's"), effectively slamming the door on any possible progress towards peace. So, is peace possible with any Arab?
Taro Van Rooyen 2014/08/17 03:11:42 PM
Hamas and their Muslim followers don't want peace only murdering war to rule the world with their chronic Islamic believes of hidden sadistic believes
Riaz Kajee 2014/08/17 04:00:19 PM
I quote David Ben Gurion former israeli prime minister and father of the nation as appears in the oxford university press 1985 " we must use terror,intimidation, assassination and cutting off of all social services to the rid the Galilee of the arab population". There you have it another quote from one of the chief inventors of zionist terrorism