Israel has threatened to impose trade sanctions on the Palestinians if they do not tighten security at the newly-opened Gaza border crossing with Egypt.
An Israeli spokesman Mark Regev told VOA Saturday Islamic terrorists have been crossing the border to assist extremists inside Gaza. He said Israeli officials are negotiating agreements to allow for the maximum flow of goods and people across the border but at the same time ensure effective security measures are enacted to stop militant activity in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to Hamas, the largest Palestinian militant group, to renew its commitment to a 10-month old truce. The cease-fire, brokered in February, has sharply reduced violence between Israel and the Palestinians.