JERUSALEM (Worthy News)-- While reports from Palestinian media outlets say a long-term ceasefire could be reached by Wednesday, Israeli officials contend that the "gaps are still very wide, there has been no progress in the negotiations." The blockade and the demilitarization of Gaza remain as points of contention between the two sides.
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