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. (Read more Israel and Palestinians stories.)