An armed group linked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says it is ready to agree to a mutual and conditional cease-fire with Israel.
Mr. Abbas has been in Gaza since Tuesday holding talks with militant groups. Today (Saturday), Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which is the armed wing of his Fatah movement, said Israel must agree to immediately stop all military operations in Palestinian territories, including the arrests and assassinations of wanted Palestinians, in order for there to be a truce.
Israel has not commented on the group's demands. However, the head of the National Security Council (Giora Eiland) said Mr. Abbas' efforts to secure a cease-fire are a positive sign, but that in the long-term he will have to disarm and dismantle the groups.
On Friday, the United States welcomed Mr. Abbas' efforts to rein in militants and said it will send a senior envoy (William Burns) to the region next week to help the process.