Israeli Ministers to Weigh Gaza Cease-Fire Proposal
A cease fire would be good if
both Israel and Hamas respected
it. Even better would be a
permanent cease fire and talks to
achieve peace, but neither is likely.
Israeli ministers will weigh a French proposal for a 48-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip after four days of debilitating air strikes against Hamas targets that have left more than 360 Palestinians dead.
The Israeli army will continue military operations until a decision is made on the proposal, which was offered by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s security cabinet will discuss the idea tonight, Army Radio said.