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
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)

(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.

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Jul 26, 2014 9:29 AM CDT
The solution is the complete destruction of Hamas. Finish the job Israel, defeat the enemy.
Jul 26, 2014 5:27 AM CDT
Israel has some nerve bristling because Qatar is aiding people they are starving, holding prisoner, and shooting like fish in a barrel. If I had money I would send it to the Palestinians. Someone should start a crowd funding site so we could all send money to the people in Gaza. Israel really expects the rest of the world watch them commit genocide and do nothing? We have over 500 people who make up our American congress. Where are the voices who speak against slaughter and genocide? Their silence has been bought by AIPAC , the American Jewish lobby for Israel, who gives them campaign funds. Its a darn disgrace! Someone should be saying what Noam Chomsky had balls enough to say: "The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians. Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder."
Jul 26, 2014 12:45 AM CDT
A 12 hour truce. Israel needs this so they can reload all their American taxpayer supplied F-15s with more American taxpayer supplied guided missiles. The Palistinians need the time so they can go our and collect some more rocks.