Crossing Fingers

Hamas told Egypt it would agree to a year-long renewable ceasefire in Gaza if Israel pulls out all its forces within 5-7 days and reopens border crossings immediately, Hamas and diplomatic sources said on Friday.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Egypt has presented Hamas's position to Israel for its consideration. Israeli leaders were expected to make decisions on Friday on the proposal, brought back from Cairo by their envoy.

In its proposal, Hamas demanded that the opening of all of Gaza's border crossings be guaranteed by Egypt and the international community.

Hamas told Egypt it was open to the deployment of Turkish monitors but objected to a proposal that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential guard be stationed at the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Hamas also wants ceasefire to include a reconstruction conference.