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November 16, 2012 2:39 am

Sources: Israel Agrees to Conditional Ceasefire With Hamas for Egypt PM Gaza Visit

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Hesham Kandil. Photo: Atlantic Council.

Israel has agreed to a three-hour ceasefire during the visit of the Egyptian Prime Minister Kandil to Gaza today on condition that Hamas ceases rocket fire as well, political sources told Reshet Bet Israeli State Radio.

Yesterday the Jerusalem Post reported that “A high-level Egyptian delegation is expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Friday for talks with Hamas leaders on ways of ending the current round of fighting with Israel.”

“Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil will head the delegation, which will consist of a number of cabinet ministers, announced Taher a-Nunu, spokesman for the Hamas government.”

Israel’s Channel 2 reported yesterday that President Morsi of Egypt was sending his Prime Minister with a delegation of ministers to Gaza to serve as human shields for Hamas.

The Algemeiner reported that although some labeled the Egyptian Prime Minister’s visit to Gaza as an act of “solidarity,” with Hamas, Israelis believe that he carries a message from Morsi to Hamas to end the violence immediately.

Speaking to The Algemeiner an IDF spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    If Israel permits Egypt to dictate to them the terms of its cease fire it will signal the beginning of the end of the Jewish State as we know it and Iran is aware of this. What Israel would be doing is sending its enemies like Iran a clear cut message of weakness and that any country can come and interfere with its legitimate right of self defense. The three hour cease fire is fine, but immediately after the Egyptian delegation leaves Israel must resume its operationn unless Hamas hold up the white flag of surrender and agrees to allow Israel to come in and destroy all its missiles and launchers. We await to see how much regard the Jewish State has for its own dignity which is what it needs to keep surviving against all odds.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    In keeping with the Arab ethos, they should agree immediately and then immediately break it.