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Cabinet to Discuss Egypt's Ceasefire Proposal

Security Cabinet will meet Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. to discuss Egyptian proposal for ceasefire in Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/15/2014, 12:12 AM

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The Security Cabinet will meet on Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. to discuss the details of the Egyptian proposal which calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

A senior minister said on Monday evening that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu favors the Egyptian proposal and will bring it up to a vote and approval at the meeting.

Earlier Monday evening, reports surfaced that Egypt proposed a ceasefire to start at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and be followed by talks on easing the flow of goods into Gaza.

Israel reportedly offered Hamas a 40-hour cease-fire last week, sources said Sunday afternoon, which Hamas immediately rejected. Hamas reiterated on Monday that it would not accept any deal without Israel meeting several harsh conditions for a truce, including releasing terrorists and stopping a blockade. 

MK Miri Regev (Likud) said on Monday evening that she was against a ceasefire and called on Netanyahu not to agree to it.

“I call on the Prime Minister not to agree to a ceasefire and to weaken Hamas by operating in the air, in the sea and by land,” she said.

"This is a window of opportunity that will not be repeated, and a ceasefire with Hamas would allow it to return to power," added Regev.

MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) also said he was opposed to a ceasefire.

"The Israeli government should apologize to the residents of the state for its lack of courage and that we will have to go through the same thing in another year or two. Too bad we don’t have an Iron Dome system that could intercept the hesitancy of the government," he said.