Israel warns on security as Gaza truce talks resume

Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (C) heads to second round of Egyptian-mediated indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators aimed at brokering to conflict in the Gaza Strip, on August 12, 2014 in CairoIsrael warned Sunday it would refuse any long-term truce deal that failed to satisfy its security needs as Gaza ceasefire talks resumed in Cairo. Egyptian-brokered indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are taking place during a five-day lull in the fighting that is due to expire at midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday. The aim is to broker a long-term arrangement to halt over a month of bloody fighting which erupted on July 8 and has so far claimed 1,980 Palestinians lives and 67 on the Israeli side. “The Israeli delegation in Cairo is acting with a very clear mandate to stand firmly on Israel’s security needs,” said Netanyahu.

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