Carter, Annan plan visit to Israel, Gaza to help negotiate ceasefire

Former US president Jimmy Carter and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan wish to arrive in Israel in the coming months in order to help negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Army Radio reported. The two contacted the Prime Minister's Office and requested to meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They also asked to be allowed in the Gaza Strip to meet with Hamas officials. According to the report, Israel is opposed to the initiative, but officials said that Jerusalem would be well advised to try and channel the visit into a positive track so as not to damage the country's image in the media.