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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:32 PM

With cease-fire talks proceeding, Israel reportedly holding off on ground invasion

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel reportedly has held off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in order to give cease-fire talks a chance to work.

News reports on Tuesday cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the ground invasion was delayed as Egypt attempts to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said Tuesday following his sister's funeral that a truce deal could be concluded in the coming hours, Reuters reported, citing an Egyptian news agency. Egypt reportedly has been passing the draft of a cease-fire agreement between negotiators from Hamas and Israel in Cairo since Monday night.

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/11/20/3112456/israel-reportedly-holding-off-on-ground-invasion-as-cease-fire-talks-continue

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