Israel accepts Egypt’s Gaza cease-fire proposal

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour cease-fire with Gaza militants.

The move clears the way for the resumption of indirect talks on a long-term cease-fire arrangement in Hamas-ruled Gaza after a month of heavy fighting.

Egypt brokered a similar truce last week. But after the three-day window, militants resumed rocket fire on Israel and new fighting erupted.

The Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said they accepted Egypt’s latest offer Sunday. But they said they were wary after last week’s breakdown.

 

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