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Israel wants deployment in Gaza

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 Israeli soldiers are seen at a deployment area in southern Israel bordering Gaza Strip,
Israeli soldiers are seen at a deployment area in southern Israel bordering Gaza Strip,

The Israeli foreign ministry has proposed the deployment of an international force in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, the Ha’aretz daily reported Sunday.

The proposal, submitted in a document to a security cabinet meeting Aug. 21, called for an international force to be deployed in the strip to help make sure Hamas would not re-arm itself and that funds would go to the rehabilitation of the enclave, which was badly hit by the 7-week operation, Xinhua reported.

The document is classified and was obtained exclusively by the daily. It is two-page long and may play a significant role when Israel and Hamas delegates resume negotiating a permanent truce.

According to the daily, the document was written by staff at the Israeli foreign ministry, in collaboration with European diplomats.

Among others, the document suggests four alternatives to deploy the force — a European Union force, a western force, a UN force or a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) force.

The force should monitor the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing connecting the strip with Egypt to make sure no weapons are smuggled, according to the proposal.

Israel and Hamas agreed to an unlimited truce Aug 26, ending the operation that started July 8 and claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis.