It is suggested in the media that Israeli officials spent last night considering plans for a ceasefire with Hamas, put forward by the Egyptian authorities. However, no decision has been reached. Officials have denied claims that they have asked for a truce.
In Cairo, the exiled head of Hamas Khaled Meshal insisted that Israel started the conflict and so must be the first to stop it: “The problem did not begin with Gaza’s rockets. The problem started when an Israeli assassin killed Ahmed Al-Jabari. Despite the role Egypt played in calming the situation, which was also asked for by Israel, the issue still is not what we want in return to stop firing rockets.”
Meshal went on to warn Benjamin Netanyahu that a ground invasion could ruin the Israeli leader’s election chances in January.