Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel had accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire with Gaza in order to give a chance to efforts to solve the Hamas rocket and tunnel threat through diplomacy.

Speaking at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Netanyahu said that if Hamas rejects the ceasefire and continues to fire rockets, Israel will intensify the operation in Gaza.

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The prime minister said that this path would gain the support of "responsible actors in the international community."

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