Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Israel rejects cease-fire proposal

Israel today rejected a 48-hour ceasefire proposal from France amid increasing signs of a pending ground offensive in Gaza.

The Israelis appear intent on carrying out a pre-planned drive to root Hamas out of Gaza, and reports indicate that ground troops are building up along the border as air strikes continue. The timing of the operation appears planned to take advantage of the sensitive transition period in the United States with Barack Obama's inauguration coming in a few weeks.

Hamas fighters also continue to launch rockets into Israel taking advantage of early morning mist that degrades the capability of Israeli reconnaissance drones.

Protestors hold placards during a demonstration against the Israeli attacks on Gaza as the motorcade of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama drives past in Kailua, Hawaii December 30, 2008. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES)








Times Online
Israel Rejects 48-Hour Cease-Fire Plan
New York Times - 33 minutes ago
An Israeli soldier jumped off a tank near the border wit the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. More Photos > By ETHAN BRONNER and TAGHREED EL-KHODARY JERUSALEM - After five straight days of punishing air attacks, Israel rejected a proposal for a 48-hour ...
Video: Fighting in Gaza continues RussiaToday


Israel rejects truce call, attacks Gaza The Associated Press

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