Yes, Israel accepted another cease fire rejected by Hamas
An hour before the end of the cease fire, the UN asked Israel to extend it for another 24 hours. The government extended it for four hours to give it a chance to consider adding another 24. During those four hours, Hamas fired another 14 rockets into Israel. Israel agreed to the further 24 hours effective at midnight tonight. Five Israeli soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours. This is from the first link.
Diplomatic officials said that despite the cease-fire, the IDF would act against any violation of the cease fire by the other side. In addition, during the lull in the fighting the IDF "will continue to neutralize the terror tunnels inside Gaza. Four terror tunnels were neutralized in Gaza on Saturday, despite the cease fire that was in place from 8:00 a.m."And from the second link:
The security cabinet will meet again on Sunday to discuss future steps.
The decision was made despite the continued rocket fire by Palestinians in Gaza. Sirens continued to sound in Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Gaza frontier communities late Saturday. One Israeli was seriously injured by a mortar that exploded in the Eshkol regional council late Saturday.
The forum of ministers met late Saturday night, even as Hamas rejected a continuation of the cease-fire and began again firing on Israel.
The wider question on the table was how to ensure that in any longer cease-fire agreement Israel would maintain its ability to continue destroying terror tunnels in Gaza, and that Hamas' rocket capabilities would be dismantled.
On Friday afternoon, just before Shabbat, the security cabinet unanimously rejected a US proposal that called for a week-long cease-fire which the ministers believed did not sufficiently ensure either continued Israeli activity against the tunnels or dismantling the rocket infrastructure, while giving Hamas significant concessions regarding lifting the blockade around Gaza.
While US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a Cairo press conference Friday afternoon that the proposal was based on a previous Egyptian cease-fire agreement, Israeli officials said it included too many elements of a Qatari and Turkish proposal, which leaned more favorably toward Hamas.
On Saturday, Kerry flew to Paris to continue cease-fire talks with his Qatari and Turkish counterparts, as well as with the German, French, British and Italian foreign ministers.
At a press conference before leaving for Washington in the evening he said that while the Palestinians “need to live with dignity” and “with goods that can come in and out, “ at the same time “Israelis need to live free from rockets and from tunnels that threaten them, and every conversation we’ve had embraces a discussion about these competing interests that are real for both.”
The tunnels, Kerry said, “have to be dealt with. We understand that; we’re working at that. By the same token, the Palestinians can’t have a cease-fire in which they think the status quo is going to stay and they’re not going to have the ability to be able to begin to live and breathe more freely and move within the crossings and begin to have goods and services that come in from outside.”
During a Channel 2 interview, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) criticized Kerry's holding of the talks in Paris - including with the Qatari and Turkish foreign mnsters who are viewed in Jerusalem as essentially representing Hamas’ interests but without either Israeli or Egyptian representatives.
“We’re a long way from a political solution,” he said. “We will not end this operation and leave Gaza until the tunnels are dealt with.” He added that while Israel was open to international efforts to rehabilitate Gaza when the current crisis ended, Israel would “not tolerate” the rockets and tunnels.
Five IDF soldiers were killed in several incidents in the last 24 hours.
They are First Sergeant Amit Yeori hy”d, 20, of Jerusalem; Lt. Roy Peles , 21, of Tel Aviv, First Sgt. Avraham Grintzvaig, 21, of Petah Tikva, First Sgt. Gal Bason, 21, of Holon, and First Sgt. Guy Boyland, 21, of Genosar.May God Avenge their blood.