Israel accepts Egypt ceasefire proposal: govt official

Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday accepted an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza which will go into force within hours, government officials said.

"Israel has accepted the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire," an official told AFP shortly after a Palestinian source confirmed accepting the initiative which would see both sides halt fire just after midnight (21:01 GMT).

"Israel has responded positively to an Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire," another official said.

"Last time, Hamas broke another Egyptian proposed ceasefire by firing at Israel even before the 72 hours was up," he said.

He was referring to a three-day ceasefire which began on 5 August, bringing relief to millions but which Hamas refused to extend, firing rockets at Israel several hours before it formally expired at 05:00 GMT on Friday.

Earlier, a Palestinian official with the delegation in Cairo said Egypt had managed to secure agreement from both sides to hold their fire after more than a month of fighting which has killed close to 2 000 people, the vast majority in Gaza.

He said Egypt had received "simultaneous consensus" from both sides.

It was not immediately clear how the agreement was reached.

Israel's negotiating team was expected to travel to Cairo after the truce was up and running, an official said.

Egypt urged both sides to observe the new temporary lull.

"As the events continue to escalate in the Gaza Strip, and given the necessity to protect innocent blood, Egypt calls on both sides, Israelis and Palestinians, to commit to a 72-hour ceasefire effective Monday 00:01 Cairo time (21:01 GMT Sunday) ... and during this time work to reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire," a foreign ministry statement said.

Phil Hair 2014/08/10 08:02:40 PM
How the hell can we believe you???!!!
Enig Ma 2014/08/10 08:03:33 PM
Has anybody seen Jameel Patel?
Raymon McNelly 2014/08/10 08:24:32 PM
Lets see how long this lasts. Hamas do not care about the Gazans. The more civilians killed the better for their cause, which is to see Israel burn. The only solution to this problem is to level Gaza and burry all the tunnels.
Mally Gee 2014/08/10 08:32:50 PM
If Hamas dishonour this ceasefire once again then Israel should take back Gaza and remove every Muslim in order to eradicate the threat of rocket attacks from this area entirely.
Cyberfriend 2014/08/10 08:36:27 PM
The famous bombing of King David hotel which took place on the 22 July 1946,was committed by a Jewish terrorist group known as a Irgun under the leadership Menichem Begin a Jewish terrorist who killed 91 innocent people and injured 41 ,labeled by the British as the biggest terrorist attack,he was called terrorist number one by the British government,after a few years he becomes the president of Israel and a few later gets the Nobel prize for peace. If you see the world map before 1945 Israel did not exist,they stole the land from Palestinians who welcomed them with opened arms ,They kicked the palestinians out of their own land, Now the government and the pro greedy Zionist supporters that agree with this unjust cause label the Palestinian as terrorists.
Imraan Yusuf Gangat 2014/08/10 09:04:06 PM
The European warnings said: "The Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and represent an obstacle to peace and threaten the two-state solution. The European Union and its Member States will not recognise any change to the 1967 borders, including Jerusalem, unless the two sides have agreed to do so."
Imraan Yusuf Gangat 2014/08/10 09:24:26 PM
Hmmmm, why is their a growing boycott of Israel by companies, Institutions, Human rights bodies, countries, individuals, Why are there so many Jewish Intellectuals like Professor Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe etc speaking out against their very own??? who wants to Boycott Palestine??? Who is breaking International Law by illegally building settlements on another countries land??? Makes us wonder???
Brooklax Mpundus 2014/08/10 09:40:47 PM
Israel bending backwards to accommodate these backstabbing porksters ! Why ? They will just start yapping again. Take out the rubbish !
Neil Henry Wood 2014/08/10 10:00:35 PM
Enig Ma as a fellow atheist your comments bring a lot more sense to these forums. Thank you
Simone Crookes 2014/08/10 10:34:53 PM
Alan Morris.... You summed Muslims up to a T... Best post I've read all year! From someone who never comments.... 10/10