GAZA CITY: On Tuesday, Israel pronounced it would consider an Egyptian cease-fire proposal for Gaza, which has US backing, but Hamas appeared to freeze off the bid, as the death toll in the weeklong conflict rose to 186 Palestinians.
The truce proposal came as Egyptian state media reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Cairo to talk about an end to the hostilities, and after Washington warned Israel opposed to a land invasion of Gaza.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the Egyptian initiative and described the deaths of Palestinian civilians as a “tragedy” while repeating that Israel bears the right to oppose itself against Hamas rocket attacks.
On late Monday, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, intended to stomp out the militant rocket fire, and had killed 186 people in Gaza by— exceeding the toll in the last similar flare-up of violence in 2012.
Hamas came into sight to turn away the idea, with Representative Fawzi Barhum saying the group would not accept a truce without a full-fledged deal to stop hostilities.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who heads the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, welcomed the Egyptian capability, urging the sides to finish inflammation.
Hamas has stated it wants Israel’s blockade on Gaza lifted, along with the possible action of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in any cease-fire deal.
Even more civilians would be put at risk were Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to notice hardliners in his governing coalition and send in troops and armor, Washington stated.
“Nobody wants to catch a ground invasion because that would put more civilians at risk,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated.
The initial time was that the White House has specifically warned in a public forum opposed to an Israeli invasion of Gaza.