Arab Israeli Conflict
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A strange thing happened almost immediately after sources briefed reporters that the cabinet unanimously decided to accept a ceasefire with Hamas: ministers began denying it.
Meanwhile, peace groups around country call for a non-violent solution.
In parallel, Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh issued a statement signaling that the organization was interested in tamping down the escalation.
While the shelling ceased hours ago, Israeli officials denied agreeing to a truce with Hamas and other militant groups.
By REUTERS,SHOSHANA KRANISH
“Everything will depend on Hamas,” Intelligence Services Minister Israel Katz said at the meeting.
By GIL HOFFMAN
“The [Islamic Jihad] delegation affirmed its [group’s] commitment to the ceasefire which was reached by way of an understanding in 2014.”
By ADAM RASGON
According to Yousef, if Israel lifts its closure on the Strip, it would not have to worry about Hamas’s commitment to a cease-fire.
None of the proposals were serious says Ziad al-Thatha, a member of Hamas’s political bureau.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
One of the items that could be included in an agreement would be the creation of a detached, floating port in Gaza.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Israel has not been informed that negotiations, set to take place tomorrow, will be postponed.
Senior Hamas official Zahar condemns killing of Kawasme and Abu Aysha, but says Israel must not be given any pretext "to escape from the commitments" of the August 26 truce that ended Gaza war.
By REUTERS,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
According to "Asharq al-Awsat," the Egyptian-mediated talks are expected to conclude within the month with a new agreement on a range of issues.
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA,KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Ashkelon, Ashdod, and the smaller communities near the Gaza border have absorbed the worst barrages since before dawn Wednesday.
By JPOST.COM STAFF,YAAKOV LAPPIN
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