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Gilad. Set to brief ministers Photo: AFP
Gilad. Set to brief ministers Photo: AFP


Report: Israel 'green-lights' ceasefire

Diplomatic sources in Cairo say Defense Ministry official's visit will probably result in Israel's acceptance of Egyptian truce initiative in Gaza

Roni Sofer
Published: 01.15.09, 19:02 / Israel News

While strikes in Gaza and rockets on Israel's southern communities continued Thursday, signs of a materializing ceasefire were also present. According to Egyptian diplomats, Israel is leaning

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towards accepting the country's truce initiative in Gaza.


Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, has returned from his visit to Cairo, where he met with head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman.


According to diplomatic sources in Egypt, Israel gave the ceasefire offered in Cairo a "green light", just one day after Hamas approved the plan's principle points.


Gilad is set to brief Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on his the visit.


Sources in Jerusalem said the briefing may yield a decision on whether to approve the Egyptian initiative
and a subsequent withdrawal from Gaza, or to continue the offensive in the Strip. The security cabinet is scheduled to debate the decision Friday morning.


On Wednesday Palestinian sources reported that Hamas had accepted the key factors of the Egyptian plan, and a Hamas representative in Cairo said the organization was doing its utmost to "stop the aggression, remove the siege, and open the crossings."


AFP contributed to the report


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