Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 49
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After more than fifty days of war on the Gaza Strip, a long term ceasefire agreement was reached under the auspices of Egypt. Egypt called upon both the Israelis and the Palestinians to abide by a complete ceasefire on both sides that will coincide with the opening of all crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The ceasefire and the opening of the crossings should facilitate the passage of humanitarian and relief aids and construction materials. The fishing zone will be open starting from a range of 6 nautical miles. Indirect negotiations between the two sides to resolve the other subjects will be resumed within a month of the implementation of the ceasefire. After more than seven years of Palestinian division and as a result of the negotiations that took place between Fateh and Hamas, an agreement to end the division was reached. Three files were submitted to the reconciliation committee. The first addressed the formation of a national technocrat government with all details related to its implementation and tasks. According to the agreement, a national unity government was formed which was favorably received on the local, regional and international levels. The second file is related to the PLO Committee, all subjects pertaining to the reformation of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and the tasks related to the PLO Committee as a temporary frame of a leadership for the Palestinian people. The third file discusses the Presidential and PLC elections defining their dates, principles and the bases on which they will be conducted.