TEL AVIV, Israel, June 15 (UPI) -- Israeli and Palestinian officials are to meet again, Sunday, to prepare an Israeli pullback from the northern Gaza Strip.
"In a few days we'll get out," an aide to Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told UPI.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has offered pullbacks, providing the Palestinians assume responsibility for security. The Palestinians argued for time to rebuild their forces.
In recent days, the situation in the Gaza Strip has deteriorated. Israel accused Hamas of deliberately trying to foil the peace process and its helicopters hit Hamas leaders. Israel maintained the Palestinian police force in Gaza could assert authority.
Mofaz said Sunday the U.S., too, is pressing the Palestinians to assume responsibility and confront terror organizations.
Saturday Israeli Major General Amos Gilad, the head of the Israel Security Agency Avi Diechter and Palestinian Minister of State for Security Affairs Mohammad Dahlan met. Sunday evening's meeting will be held at a "working level," an aide to Mofaz said.