Israel Attacks After Hamas Rejects Truce

On Tuesday, the Israeli government said it would accept the terms of Egypt’s proposed ceasefire but Hamas rejected the offer and fired several rockets into Israel. In response, Israel resumed airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Egyptian plan was to “give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Strip—from missiles, from rockets, and from tunnels—through diplomatic means.” There was seeming confusion over the ceasefire among Hamas. “We are still in consultation and there has been no official position made by the [Hamas] movement regarding the Egyptian proposal,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas member, said on Facebook. However, another Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhr, told the Associated Press he “did not recieve any official draft of this Egyptian proposal” and declared the plan “not acceptable.”