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Israel: Gaza Ceasefire Is 'Not There Yet'
An Israeli government spokesman has told Sky News a ceasefire with Gaza militants is "not there yet".
Hamas official Ayman Taha said earlier that an Egyptian-brokered truce had been finalised and would take effect from 10pm UK time.
But spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Mark Regev said the announcement of a ceasefire was premature and Israeli military operations in Gaza would continue in parallel with diplomacy.
Mr Regev would not give any details of the discussions but told Sky News Israel wants a long-term resolution and does not want to just give Hamas a "time out to lick its wounds".
Hamas' Ezzat al Rishq said the truce had been held up because Israel had not responded to the proposals and it was confirmed there would be no announcement from Cairo on Tuesday.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem and pledged her continued support to Israel and praised its Iron Dome defence system.
She also offered her sympathy to those affected by the rocket attacks: "Our hearts break for the loss of every civilian; Israeli and Palestinian.
"In the end there is no substitute for security and for a just and lasting peace," she added.
President Barack Obama phoned Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for a third time in 24 hours to commend him on his efforts to ease the tensions.
Speaking during talks with the UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon in Jerusalem, Mr Netanyahu said his country would be a "willing partner" in a long-term solution to the conflict.
He reiterated that Israel will not tolerate rocket attacks on its cities and people but said he wanted to work towards a diplomatic resolution.
The Israeli military said an 18-year-old soldier was killed in a rocket attack on southern Israel.
It was the military's first fatality since it launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip last Wednesday.
At least 130 people have been killed in Gaza, including around 31 children, and at least five Israelis are also dead as the conflict continues.
Mr Ban said his "paramount concern" is for all civilians, both in Israel and Gaza and urged strong caution against an Israeli ground offensive.
"Further escalation would be dangerous and tragic for the entire region," he added.
In a press conference with Mr Ban later, Israel's President Shimon Peres said he would prefer to deal with Gaza by "talking and not shooting" but added that the defence forces were "extremely careful not to hit civilian life".
"Hamas opened it, Hamas can end it," he added.
Six Palestinian men accused of being spies for Israel were executed at an intersection in Gaza, just hours after Mr Ban called for a halt to the conflict during talks in Cairo with the Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby.
Witnesses said the six men were dragged out of a van and forced to lie down in the street before they were shot by masked gunmen.
Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, reporting from Gaza, said: "We understand six men were taken into a square ... and were executed in front of crowds."
It has been reported that five of the bodies lay in a pile as a mob stomped and spit on them. A sixth body was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets as people screamed, "Spy! Spy!"
The Hamas military wing has claimed responsibility for the executions.
Earlier Israel's air force dropped leaflets across areas of Gaza City urging people to evacuate their homes "immediately".
"For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre," the one-page Arabic-language leaflet said.
Sky's Sam Kiley said the leaflet drop could be part of a propaganda exercise to show Hamas that Israel is seriously considering an imminent ground invasion.
Meanwhile a man identified as the most elusive top Hamas commander, and a founder of its military wing, has urged the group's fighters to keep up attacks on Israel.
Mohammed Deif, seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike in 2003, reportedly said on Hamas-run radio that fighters "must invest all resources to uproot this aggressor from our land".
Foreign Secretary William Hague told the Commons: "We have made clear that Hamas must bear primary responsibility for the start of the current crisis but also that all side have responsibilities."
"We quickly called on Israel to seek every opportunity to deescalate their military response and to observe international humanitarian law and avoid civilian casualties."
what do you think?
Two rockets landed in gush etzion near Jerusalem, one Palestinian home was hit by the rocket.they are targeting each other now.
Thats what happens when you buy tat from the russians and the iranians.
Look up Bicom a news organization has got access to all World media including the B.B.C ,links to most M.P`s through Friends of Israel .Their aim to distort any bad news about Israel. Frightening.
10 negatives Bicom must be on this site
perhaps we could ship out a few of our guiness bottles
And were is rio and the other hamas lovers.how maney more have thay killed themselves
Mark. Significant by their absence. But don't gloat, the Israelis aren't much better themselves, if at all
I know six of one half a dozen of the other
Rio if i am twisted it is for a good reson my gf was killed in front of me .by a carbomb planted by chechen muslim killers.leveing me with a number of kids
Am sorry to hear that mark, what were you doing in that part of the world?
Katya was russian her dad was the target as he is a spetaz .my current gf is katya younger sister.russian army got them in end
The russians are committing war crimes against the people of chechnya, if her father was a target she shouldn't have been travelling with him
It was in moscow mate
Probably nothing of the sort. More likely a gesture to keep the civilian population of gaza in line. Is it any wonder that I, and one or two others on here wish a plague on both of their causes.
You advocate sickness of others?
Well said Dave. . Neither the Gazans or Israelis are indiginous to Palestine, both settled there from outside. Only the Canaanite pagan tribes, Ammonites, Moabites etc etc were their first indigenous peoples. . But their bloodlines have been extinct for centuries. What does the sky above Palestine care about Israeli or Gazan claims of ownership? What does the soil itself care? Nothing. Israel and the Palestinians are like two fleas fighting over the same dog. . . .
Yes up to a point the fighting is futile. My worry is that there are larger fish ( eg Iran ) behind the scenes egging Hamas on
There is always a puppet master
John, behind Israel is America.
I'll give it a day
Where is rio or viv or Ali with regards the barbaric and systematic execution of six men? Oh and Hamas was elected to dish out summary executions.
Their silence is deafening isnt it? Is anyone surprised though? Like when that poor pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban. . . Nothing but silence. . Again!
Maybe police have kicked there door in and took tham to jail
The IDF aren't any better. They're both as vile as each other
Rio i own a ranch lol.Just watch wot you post as you can face hate crime charges
So Hamas are judge and executors to? Very fair trial by the road side
I like how you ignore the 130+ dead Palestinian's with your self defence nonsense. Only difference is I agree that killing these 6 men, even if they were spies is wrong. You guys defend the Israeli's killing all those people and carpet bombing their homes.
To be frank hamas started a war thay had no hope of wining
Abid ali Where do you get the idea the IDF are carpet bombing gaza? This is 2012 not 1940 Carpet bombing is old fasioned and not needed in modern warfare they will be using laser guided munitions.
The first reported death of Palestine was Wednesday, and Israel was Thursday, if you kill a senior member of Hamas, do you think those guys are going to sit down and take it? Since then it's just been bombing after bombing. Tell me how accurate are those tanks that are shelling the children in a kindergarten? How accurate are those ships? Not very.
america is to blame !. trying to steal the marmite supply from my hamas brothers . i wish on them the fleas of a thousand cats and dogs.
We're close to a ceasefire "no we're not" "yes we are" "no we're not" "yes we are''. " you starting"
nice - both sides are starting to sound very petty!! both have thrown there toys out of the pram
Adj. It is the pantomime season
Treason The silence is deafening lol Steve And no mark police ain't caught me yet either:) You lively people go and help Zimbabwe. Oops no money or oil.
18 and life mate lol just watch wot you post mate or you can face hate crime charges
THREATENING FREE SPEECH . Don`t agree with most of ali baba`s comment`s but I DEFEND HIS RIGHT TO SAY IT.
Mrs Thatchers son took a group of 200 mercenaries to overthrow an African country that had recently struck oil. Wake up to the fact that politics is a real dirty business and all sides are as bad as one another. the price of oil makes a huge difference in the standard of living in western countries and all over the world as people are so reliant on the use of it for everyday activities. the price of oil has huge knock on effects. your interest in the middle east is not one based on a moral high ground but an economic necessity.
since when did they find oil in gaza? no wonder the idf are bombing it - they obviously want the oil to give the there masters, the usa...
the world have been trying to sort this out for to long.just let them both go at it and do not get involved ,,no arms no nothing and when its by make the place 1 big car park
Can I have the space nearest the door???
As long as you dont have to pay for trollies
You can't stop this the way of.life u can stop it for a.few years or months but it will always lead to.this
Palestinians nothing short of barbarians killing six in cold blood and dragging body's through the street with ropes tied to a motor bikes and people on here think the Palestinians are victims Sorry they are murdering terrorists
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Watching R.T news the horrifying pictures of dead children being pulled out of the bombed houses ,surly the Israeli people will vote out their monstrous Government . Talks are better than genocide.
Abid Ali - if you look up Remember these Children you will be able to see a list of the 1477 Children that have been shot, crushed or blown apart by Israel over the past decade. (which averages out at ten children killed per month for the past 12 years. One wonders which other population would be expected to suffer this level of terror on its people) The list has not been updated to include the latest escalation of violence on Palestinian civilians. Each child is named and his / her death is verified and explained. The list also includes the 129 Israeli children killed in the past decade.