Egyptian diplomats told the Turkish news agency Anatolia that Egypt is making efforts to persuade the two sides to resume the ceasefire until a final agreement is reached, rather than extend the ceasefire for a specified period of time.
According to the diplomats, the Egyptian mediators are striving to make the ceasefire permanent. One of them explained: "We wish to prevent the spilling of blood of the Palestinian people. We have a real desire to end the crisis. If we had a choice, we would have extended the ceasefire indefinitely, but the obstacle is the fear of the Palestinian side that its demands will not be met, while Israel will feel safe when the ceasefire comes into effect".