Egypt urges Hamas, Israel to be flexible to reach cease-fire agreement

Egypt has urged both Hamas and Israel to show flexibility in efforts to reach a cease-fire. The official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that the message was relayed to an Israeli security official who met with Egypt's intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, to discuss the truce. Amos Gilad, who heads the Israeli defense ministry's political-security branch, flew to Egypt on Sunday for talks with Suleiman. MENA reported that Suleiman is trying to bridge the gap in positions of both sides. A bid by Egypt to broker a cease-fire has faltered after Hamas failed to secure a pledge to lift an Israeli-imposed blockade on Gaza.