Israeli tanks and soldiers have been deployed near the Gaza border on Wednesday with the 72-hour ceasefire nearing its end with no breakthrough in Egyptian mediated talks. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has told Israel’s armed forces to prepare for a possible resumption of operations in Gaza.
"Again, I would like to warn: On Wednesday at midnight I don’t know if we will arrive at an arrangement, I don’t know if we need to extend the negotiations. It could be that shooting will erupt again and we will again fire at them and again we will carry out operations and again they will try to carry out a terrorist attack by sea for one kind or another." said Moshe Yaalon, Israeli Defense Minister.
Talks in Cairo to end the month-long war have reached only one consensus so far--- delegates from both sides said the talks were "difficult" and no concrete progress has been made. Hamas and its allies are seeking an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave.
Hamas also wants the opening of a seaport for Gaza, a project Israel says should be dealt with only in any future talks on a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Israel has resisted lifting the economically stifling blockade on Gaza and suspects Hamas will re-stock with weapons from abroad if access to the coastal territory is eased. Neighboring Egypt also sees Hamas as a security threat.