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    Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    The Israeli cabinet is set to back an end to military activities in the Gaza Strip, three weeks after operations there began, the BBC understands.

    Top officials are expected to approve a ceasefire at a meeting later on Saturday, after which PM Ehud Olmert will address the nation, sources said.

    The sources said the ceasefire deal did not involve Hamas.

    It is not clear how Hamas will respond; its officials say the group will ignore any truce unless its demands are met.

    Ahead of the move violence continued in Gaza, with 50 Israeli air strikes overnight. Rocket fire from Hamas militants also continued.

    About 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the violence began on 27 December. Thirteen Israelis - three civilians and 10 soldiers - have been killed during the campaign.
    BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    This sounds kind of stupid. How do you declare a cease fire and not include the people you are fighting?

    Did they reach an agreement with Canada or something?
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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    What are the demands from Hamas?

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    From what i have gleaned Blackdog.
    Hamas has not responded yet to this news as it had no talks.
    It did however say previously that no ceasefire would hold without the demands 'met' and Israel has said it will retain the right to fire back if attacked by Hamas after the ceasefire.

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    I'm just really puzzled at how Hamas could demand anything from Israel given the current situation. They are getting relentlessly hunted by superior forces with nowhere to run. All that Hamas is doing is giving the IDF license to continue operations.

    The non-combatant Palestinian people are suffering immeasurably. lives are being lost on both sides, people are being wounded and maimed on both sides, and neither side really seems to give a ****.
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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    what are the Israeli's going to snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory????

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    This sounds kind of stupid. How do you declare a cease fire and not include the people you are fighting?

    Did they reach an agreement with Canada or something?
    ..."Under the implicit rules of the "Cease Fire" ,Canada has agreed to not shell Israel. Hamas is expected to reinventory and resume terrorist attcks ASAP".

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza

    Israel is to halt its three-week military offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said.

    He said Israel had achieved its aims and the unilateral ceasefire would start at 0200 (2400 GMT). But he said troops would remain in Gaza for now.

    A Hamas spokesman said it would not accept one Israeli soldier in Gaza.

    Nearly 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the violence began on 27 December. Thirteen Israelis have died.

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed relief at the ceasefire.

    "This should be the first step leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza," he said. This should happen "as soon as possible", he added.

    The US said it expected all parties to cease hostilities immediately.
    Now lets see if both sides follow it

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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    If even ONE rocket is fired or ONE Hamas militant fires at an Israeli soldier, Israel should take off the gloves and exterminate Hamas once and for all.
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    Re: Breaking: Israel 'to announce ceasefire'

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    If even ONE rocket is fired or ONE Hamas militant fires at an Israeli soldier, Israel should take off the gloves and exterminate Hamas once and for all.
    Ludahai,I had you mistaken for someone else,because that is the last thing I expected to hear from you.Its my first thought too...I wanted Israel to crush them this round. The up comeing nuclear attack on Israel by the Iraneans is a ,[full plate]. Hamas has shown they will not stop,and must be beaten into submision.

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