1. PLAN FOR PEACE

    Egypt Proposes Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire

    Palestinian protesters argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against the Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 14, 2014. Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv on Monday after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire. Around half a dozen Israelis have been wounded since the start of the week-old offensive, which Gaza health officials say has killed 169 Palestinians, most of them civilians. 
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    Egypt made a late-night proposal on Monday for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry announced a three-step plan that would take effect within 12 hours of “unconditional acceptance” by both sides. After a week of heavy fighting that has left 185 people dead, the potential cease-fire is reportedly being treated seriously by both Israel and Hamas. However, Hamas officials stated that they will not accept “calm for calm.”  The militant Islamic group has also said that it will not agree to any deal unless Israel and Egypt ease their joint blockade of Gaza and Israel releases men arrested in the abduction and deaths of three Jewish teenagers. Still, the fact that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh confirmed in a speech that there was “diplomatic movement” sparked hopes for peace. Israel’s Security Cabinet is set to discuss the proposal early on Tuesday.

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