Israeli envoy bound for Egypt
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A senior aide to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has been sent to Cairo, an Israeli official announced, as bargaining for a ceasefire is set to resume at the United Nations Security Council.
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AFP - A senior aide to Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak will go to Cairo on Thursday to dicuss an Egyptian proposal to end the war in Gaza, a senior Israeli defence official told AFP.
"Amos Gilad is going to Cairo on Thursday to discuss the details of the Egyptian proposal," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Barak's political advisor is going "to study the details of the proposal" that Israel has not official received, he said.
"From what (Egyptian President Hosni) Mubarak said yesterday, the arrangements for the border security sound good, but Israel at this stage is not ready to talk about opening the crossings."
Gilad will meet Omar Suleiman, Egyptian intelligence chief and pointman for the Israeli-Palestinian dossier, and other officials, he said.
Gilad was in charge of negotiations for a six-month truce that Egypt brokered in June between Hamas and Israel.
Mubarak on Tuesday presented a three-point proposal for ending Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza, the Jewish state's largest military operation since the 2006 Lebanon war and one of its deadliest ever offensives in the enclave.
The plan included an "immediate ceasefire for a specific period" to allow humanitarian aid to pass; an invitation to Israel and the Palestinians to come to Egypt for talks on securing Gaza borders, reopening of its crossings and lifting an Israeli blockade; and a renewed call for Palestinian reconciliation talks under Egyptian mediation.
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