AP: Hamas has accepted 'cease fire'
After a barrage of rockets headed toward the Ashkelon area
, AP is reporting that Hamas has accepted a 72-hour 'humanitarian cease fire
Palestinian negotiators on Sunday said they had accepted an Egyptian
proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a
possible resumption of talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in
the Gaza Strip.
Israel had walked away from cease-fire talks over
the weekend, after militants resumed their rocket fire on southern
Israel with the expiration of an earlier three-day truce. Sunday's
decision was aimed at bringing the Israelis back to the negotiations.
There was no immediate Israeli response.
"We are here to look for
an agreement. We cannot have an agreement without talks, so we accepted
an Egyptian proposal to have a cease-fire for 72 hours in order to
resume the talks," said a Palestinian negotiator.
He, along with
other Palestinian negotiators who confirmed the decision, spoke on
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the
negotiations with the media.
"Israel will not negotiate under fire," Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu said Sunday, warning his country's military campaign "will
Hamas is seeking an end to an Israeli-Egypt blockade that has decimated the local economy.
says the blockade is needed to prevent arms smuggling, and it says
Hamas must disarm as part of any long-term arrangement. Hamas has said
handing over its weapons arsenal, which is believed to include several
thousand remaining rockets, is inconceivable.
Given what happened
, Israel does not put much stock in letting international forces take care of our security problems. It seems more likely right now that we will try to reach a military solution. Our government certainly does not seem anxious for a cease fire.
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