Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - An Israeli official on Tuesday denied a report about the "understandings" between Israel and the United States regarding a gradual lifting of the blockade on Gaza.
A report in the Israeli news website Ynet cited an unnamed government official who said that Israel told Washington that it agreed to incrementally remove the blockade of Gaza, first by opening the ground crossings into the Strip and later permitting the opening of the sea port as well.
Lifting Israeli blockade and Egyptian restrictions on the border crossings to Gaza, eight years after they were put in place, is a key demand of the Palestinian delegation.
Israeli official - who spoke to the Israeli Channel 2 on condition of anonymity - said that no comprehensive agreement for a long-term truce has been made, and that the Israeli delegation remained in Cairo in order not to undermine the Egyptian initiative.
Contrary to reports , Israeli representatives have not left Egypt after agreeing to lift the blockade on Gaza, according to a senior Israeli official involved in the negotiations.
The sources reported that talks are still continuing over core issues, including if and how the Israeli blockade of Gaza could be eased without compromising Israeli security.
The head of Palestinian delegation, Azzam al-Ahmad, played down the claims that a "major breakthrough" had been made in talks .
"If no agreement is reached, the cycle of violence will be renewed," he warned.