Israel plans ceasefire, Hamas vows to fight on
This is good news and bad
news. Israel stopping shooting
is good but if Hamas resumes
attacks then full warfare could
Israel plans to halt its Gaza offensive without any agreement with Hamas, a senior Israeli official said on Saturday. The Islamist group vowed to fight on.
"The goal is to announce, subject to cabinet approval, a suspension of military activities because we believe our goals have been attained," said the official, asking not to be named.
Israel launched air raids on the Gaza Strip on December 27 and ground troops moved in a week later.
Without an accord with Hamas, diplomats said they feared Israel would let only a trickle of goods through Gaza's border crossings, hampering reconstruction and creating more hardship for its 1.5 million people.