Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a truce in the fight in Gaza.
But the armed wing of Hamas, which controls Gaza, has said it eliminated it every bit a “surrender”.
The initiative urges a ceasefire starting imminently, followed by a series of meetings in Cairo with high-level delegations from both positions.
Palestinian officials say at least 189 people have been bolted down by Israeli air strikes launched eight days ago to stop militants firing rockets into Israel.
The UN calculates that over three-quarters of these were civilians.