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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:03 AM

Egypt, Israel, Hamas close to reaching cease-fire deal

Source: Haaretz

Senior Israeli ministers conclude meeting on Gaza after relatively calm night; IDF strikes 100 targets in Gaza overnight; UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expected today; government postpones decision on whether to launch ground invasion of Gaza by at least a day.
By Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff | Nov.19, 2012 | 9:55 PM

A decision on whether to launch a ground invasion of Gaza has been put off by at least a day, after Israel decided Monday to give the Egyptians more time to try to broker a cease-fire with Hamas, a senior Israeli official said.

Tuesday's talks in Cairo are expected to be decisive. The Israeli delegates to the talks, which are being led by Egyptian intelligence chief Gen. Raafat Shehata, plan to return there on Tuesday to present Israel's response to demands being made by Hamas.

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Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman debated giving the green light to a ground invasion, but at about 4 A.M. Monday, after six hours of discussions, it was decided to let the diplomatic efforts continue, the senior official said.

"It's now 50-50 between a cease-fire and expanding the operation," said the official. "We would prefer a diplomatic solution, but if we have no choice we'll go into Gaza. There's no other way."

Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/egypt-israel-hamas-close-to-reaching-cease-fire-deal-1.478922

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ellisonz Nov 2012 OP
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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:04 AM

1. I sure hope so...

stop the stupid killing already.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:05 AM

2. I hope it works.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:06 AM

3. Would be nice to give thanks for this...

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:12 AM

4. Here's hoping

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:34 AM

5. I have my doubts.

First off, "Hamas' demands?"

Who are these terrorists to demand ANYTHING?

I already know one thing they are demanding is the dismantling of "Iron Dome" anti-missile shield.

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Response to Archae (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:41 AM

6. That's a pretty hilarious demand, yeah

But hey. That's haggling. Start high, get talked (or more likely, laughed) down

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Response to Archae (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:22 AM

7. nope they're demanding an end to the air and water blockade and a stop to targeted assassinations

but I know how dare they right

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:35 AM

8. Ground attack on hold.

Israel has put plans for a ground operation in Gaza "on hold" to give talks to secure a truce with Hamas militants a chance, officials say.

It is understood Israel has set a Thursday deadline for the Egypt-brokered talks to succeed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20404589

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