Gaza-based terrorists agreed on Monday to accept an Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire, Channel 2 News reported.
However, the terrorists, as they usually do, conditioned the ceasefire on Israel stopping what they termed its “continued aggression in Gaza”.
In a press conference held in Gaza, and which was attended by representatives of all the factions in Gaza except the Salafi organizations, the groups said that PA Arabs "have the right to fight the occupation by any means possible." Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel is to be blamed for the current round of escalation.
Hamas, which rules Gaza, has declared dozens of similar ceasefires over the years and they have never been upheld.
Meanwhile, a special assessment was held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Monday evening. It was attended by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and senior officers. According to Channel 2, it was agreed that Israel would increase the intensity of its response to the ongoing rocket fire towards the south.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet with his nine senior ministers on Tuesday morning to discuss other alternatives to deal with the situation in the south, the report said.
Meanwhile, the war in southern Israel continued on Monday afternoon. A Grad missile fired by Gaza Arab terrorists exploded next to a factory in the industrial zone of Netivot. Six people suffered from shock as a result of the attack. Witnesses said that there was a great deal of damage to the structure.
This was the second attack on the city Monday; earlier, a rocket fired at the city exploded in a residential neighborhood. That rocket caused a great deal of damage, gutting a shop near where the rocket exploded. 26 people were treated by medical personnel after going into shock, with some needing extensive treatment at a trauma center.
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel on Monday and said that Israel could no longer tolerate the incessant rocket attacks on Israel by Gaza Arab terrorists. If Hamas did not stop the attacks, Israel would have to act, he said.
Netanyahu, along with Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, met with some 100 foreign diplomats in Ashkelon, one of the cities that have in the past been targeted by Gaza Arab terrorists, and which has been hit dozens of times by Grad missiles and mortar shells.