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Hamas: Ceasefire Talks have Failed

An Israeli representative is reportedly in Cairo for talks with the terror group. Ban Ki Moon to visit Tuesday.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/18/2012, 7:56 PM

Aftermath of IAF strike in Gaza
Aftermath of IAF strike in Gaza
Reuters

Israel has sent a representative to Cairo for mediated talks with Hamas regarding the possibility of a ceasefire – but these talks have failed, according to a Hamas spokesman quoted by Channel 2's Ehud Yaari.

Yaari said that Hamas is broadcasting fantastic claims of its alleged military successes against Israel, including the supposed shutting down of Ben Gurion Airport.

The channel's diplomatic correspondent gave a hinted confirmation that an Israeli representative is indeed in Cairo for contacts regarding a possible ceasefire.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that he will be visiting the region on Tuesday, as diplomatic activity surrounding the Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived in Israel Sunday and met Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu told Fabius: "First of all, the fire [from Gaza] must stop, and only then will we be willing to talk about the rest. Half of Israel is under rocket attack and this situation cannot continue."

On Monday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is due to visit. The United States is reportedly deeply involved in behind-the-scenes talks in the hope of reaching an agreement by the time Ban Ki-Moon arrives.