Assuming the truce held, talks between Palestinians and Israelis would then begin on economic and security issues. Other nations would be involved in the talks. Unresolved issues in the proposal involve whether Israeli military forces, now on the ground in Gaza, would retreat back to Israel during the truce.
Kerry has been involved in constant negotiations while in Cairo, and has had extensive phone conversations with leaders of Gaza and Israel, as well as his counterparts from Norway, Egypt, Qatar and Turkey. Qatar and Turkey have been Hamas supporters and appear to be intermediaries in the negotiations. Kerry expects to leave Friday, the Israeli news media said.
"He isn't here for an indefinite amount of time, and in the near future, he will determine whether there is a willingness to come to an agreement on a cease-fire," a senior State Department official said Thursday.