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

(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.

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.
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)
Israeli reserve soldiers are seen on the top of an armored personnel carrier returning to Israel from Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
Israeli reserve soldiers are seen on the top of an armored personnel carrier returning to Israel from Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A damaged bus flipped over after attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
A damaged bus flipped over after attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   (Sebastian Scheiner)
An Israeli drone circles over Gaza City on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
An Israeli drone circles over Gaza City on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.   (Dusan Vranic)
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