Israel Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal
Palestine had already accepted the plan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 4, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
A Palestinian woman passes by rescuers inspecting the rubble of destroyed houses following Israeli strikes in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.    (Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – A senior Israeli official says the Israeli government has accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end a month-long war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The official says a preliminary 72-hour truce will begin in the morning. An Israeli delegation will head to Egypt for talks meant to work out a long-term truce in the next three days. The official said Israel will be watching "with a certain amount of skepticism," since previous ceasefire plans have quickly collapsed. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the Israeli government. Palestinian officials have already said they accepted the Egyptian proposal.

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Plato
Aug 4, 2014 9:12 PM CDT
Israel feels for public opinion sake it must say it also accepts the cease fire proposal. After all the Palestinians have already accepted it. However Israel will not accept the cease fire proposal, Israel will bide time by talking about and then ignore it. Actually it is a good proposal it calls for Israel to release all the Palestinians they took and imprisoned before the actual shooting started and was the reason that Hamas responded. The cease fire proposal also calls for Israel to stop blockading the Gaza port. It could be the first step toward peace, I predict Israel will reject it.
orlandojon
Aug 4, 2014 7:03 PM CDT
Egypt has a vested interest to see peace. They close their border during these wars to prevent Palestinians from entering Egypt. No arab country wants them either.
Yourself
Aug 4, 2014 6:18 PM CDT
HAHAHAHA Israel accepts Egypts cease fire.. Egypt : 1) not involved in this war 2) REPEATEDLY pro-Israel and Anti-Hamas/Palestine this is a joke right?!? until the occupation is ended, this will continue..