Israeli minister says Egypt bears equal responsibility for Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem

Israel begins work on Gaza sea barrier

Tel Aviv has set out limited goals for the initial negotiations on the situation in the Gaza Strip, which has seen mass protests, shootings and the use of firebomb kites by Palestinians along the Gaza-Israel fence.

Israel chose to erect a sea barrier in 2014, when several Hamas gunmen tried to enter Israel by sea but were shot dead by soldiers.

According to unconfirmed local media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to meet members of his security cabinet later Sunday to discuss a possible truce with Hamas.

Hamas, a terror group that officially seeks Israel's destruction, is the de facto ruler of the Strip.

But Egyptian officials have privately voiced worry about Israeli calls for them to be more involved in Gaza, proposals that they think may dovetail with the Trump administration's efforts to address Palestinian grievances with pan-Arab help. The Israeli Ministry of Defense described the barrier as an "impenetrable breakwater", that is created to withstand strong waves and last for years to come. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Lieberman said that Israel is "continuing intensive work to build land and sea obstacles around Gaza".

The Palestinians and the United Nations similarly dispute Israel's assertion that it ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005.

Meanwhile, Fatah official Moneer Al-Jaghoub, according to Quds Press, said that "Hamas continues damaging the Palestinian unity and wasting the Palestinians and their cause". The Trump administration's stated position is that Gaza should be under the control of Hamas's Western-backed Palestinian rivals. They have spoken generally of a need to improve humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

There are more than 4000 fishers and around 700 boats in the Gaza Strip providing livelihood to at least 70.000 Palestinians, while the Israeli military and navy keep attacking them, kidnapping them and confiscating their boats, in addition to the dozens of casualties, including fatalities, resulting from these violations.

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