Peres: Hamas is exhausted due to Gaza blockade

"Hamas is exhausted and is requesting a truce due to the blockade Israel imposed on the Gaza Strip," President Shimon Peres said Tuesday. Peres told an Israel Radio reporter that there would likely be different accounts concerning the cease-fire since the negotiations were held with Egypt and not Hamas. Regarding IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi's remarks at the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee earlier Tuesday that the truce would be "fragile and short," Peres said that it was "just an estimation."