Quartet calls for Gaza cease-fire to be respected 'in full'

The Quartet of Middle East peacemakers called Tuesday for a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza terrorists to be respected "in full" and voiced hope that the truce will last. The Quartet - made up of the US, the European Union, the UN and Russia - issued its call at a meeting that came after Islamic Jihad terrorists fired three Kassam rockets into southern Israel. It was the first such attack since the cease-fire took effect last week. In a statement, the Quartet "expressed its continuing support for Egyptian efforts to restore calm to Gaza and southern Israel and welcomed the period of calm that began on June 19." It "urged that the calm be respected in full and expressed the hope that it would endure, and lead to improved to improved security for Palestinians and Israelis alike, and a return to normal civilian life in Gaza."