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Israel mulls truce proposals as jets pound Gaza

Posted By admin On December 31, 2008 @ 5:37 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Yana Dlugy
AFP [1]
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2008

Israel mulled proposals for a truce to its Gaza offensive on Wednesday but ruled out any temporary halts, as jets pounded Hamas targets for a fifth day and the Islamists pummelled Israel with rockets.

Amid mushrooming protests around the globe, the world’s top diplomats scrambled to find a way to end one of Israel’s deadliest-ever offensives on Gaza that has so far killed at least 390 Palestinians.

The Israeli security cabinet convened in Tel Aviv to consider international proposals of a truce , with a senior government official telling AFP the Jewish state would not agree to a French offer of a 48-hour lull.

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“The proposition by the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner for a unilateral temporary ceasefire is not useful as it is evident that Hamas will not stop firing rockets against Israel,” said the official on condition of anonymity.

A foreign ministry spokesman said that the Jewish state would only consider a permanent halt to its operation, under the condition that Hamas stops firing rockets and acquiring arms.

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[1] AFP: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20081231/twl-israel-mulls-truce-proposals-as-jets-3cd7efd.html

[2] Diplomats converge on Israel in push for truce as Gaza death toll mounts: http://www.prisonplanet.com/diplomats-converge-on-israel-in-push-for-truce-as-gaza-death-toll-mounts.html

[3] Hamas offers Israel a one-year truce in Gaza: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hamas-offers-israel-a-one-year-truce-in-gaza.html

[4] Israel Continues to Pound Gaza as Ceasefire Talks Drag On: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-continues-to-pound-gaza-as-ceasefire-talks-drag-on.html

[5] A Permanent Truce with Israel was Being Negotiated as Assassination of Hamas Leader Occurred: http://www.prisonplanet.com/a-permanent-truce-with-israel-was-being-negotiated-as-assassination-of-hamas-leader-occurred.html

[6] Rocket blast strikes southern Israel, breaking Gaza truce: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rocket-blast-strikes-southern-israel-breaking-gaza-truce.html

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