Israel, Hamas OK 12-Hour Ceasefire

Israel had just rejected truce proposal from John Kerry

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2014 1:45 PM CDT | Updated Jul 25, 2014 5:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hours after Israel rejected John Kerry's proposed ceasefire, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce starting at 7am Israeli time, a US official told the Jerusalem Post. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kerry about the new arrangement, CNN reports. In rebuffing his earlier proposal, officials said the Israeli Defense Forces had to keep destroying Hamas-built tunnels running from Gaza Into Israel. The officials also seemed to bristle at a call for Israel and Hamas to discuss opening the blockaded Gaza border: Members of Israel's Security Cabinet were quoted as saying Kerry's offer was "a Qatari proposal with ornaments"—a reference to Israeli accusations that Qatar has given Hamas political and financial backing.

Israel said it would, however, accept a seven-day ceasefire if it could keep destroying the tunnels, an Israeli official said. (The IDF will apparently keep looking for tunnels during the current ceasefire but won't destroy them, YNet News reports.) Meanwhile, France is bringing together foreign ministers tomorrow from several countries—including the US, Qatar, Turkey, Germany, and Italy—in an attempt to forge another ceasefire. "Our objective is to converge all international efforts so that the conditions of a ceasefire can emerge as quickly as possible," said a French diplomatic source. On the war front, the Guardian reports that at least six Palestinians died and scores were wounded during clashes in the West Bank.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about terms of a cease-fire in fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, Friday, July 25, 2014, from his hotel suite in Cairo, Egypt. At left is Frank Lowenstein, acting special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about terms of a cease-fire in fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, Friday, July 25, 2014, from his hotel suite...   (AP Photo/Pool)
An Israeli army officer gives journalists a tour, Friday, July 25, 2014, of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border.
An Israeli army officer gives journalists a tour, Friday, July 25, 2014, of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border.   (AP Photo/Jack Guez, Pool)
Friends and relatives of reserve Master Sgt. Yair Ashkenazy, 36, mourn during his funeral at the military cemetery in Rehovot, Israel, Friday, July 25, 2014.
Friends and relatives of reserve Master Sgt. Yair Ashkenazy, 36, mourn during his funeral at the military cemetery in Rehovot, Israel, Friday, July 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
A woman weeps as she attends a pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin, Friday, July 25, 2014.
A woman weeps as she attends a pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin, Friday, July 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014.
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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