Palestine Tensions: Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached in Gaza

Ahmed Nasser'We had no idea this building would ever become a target

Ahmed Nasser'We had no idea this building would ever become a target

But it did not address the deeper issues that pushed Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers towards their latest violence and left doubts about worldwide efforts to forge a broader truce agreement.

"But together with the heads of the security forces, I see the overall picture of Israel's security, which I can not share with the public", he said at a ceremony to commemorate David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister.

Israel used air support to withdraw its soldiers and seven Palestinians, including a Hamas commander, as well as one Israeli soldier were killed in the exchange.

The ceasefire was met with starkly different reactions on each side of the border, with Palestinians across Gaza celebrating a victorious "resistance" while hundreds of Israelis demonstrated against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government in the city of Sderot, accusing it of failing to protect them.

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman delivers a statement to the media following his party, Yisrael Beitenu, faction meting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem November 14, 2018. Last month, Bennett accused Lieberman of a weak, left-wing defense policy.

"He is now choosing between the end of his career if he stays in his position, and a slight chance of rehabilitating his public image if he resigns", the unnamed minister was quoted as saying. Netanyahu now also serves as Israel's foreign minister.

After more than six hours of deliberations, Israel's security cabinet unanimously agreed to a ceasefire, despite reports of opposition from a handful of lawmakers including Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Israel's Channel 10 TV reported deep divisions among the participants, with several hard-line ministers reportedly opposed to another cease-fire with Hamas.

The announcement set off celebrations in Gaza City as Hamas supporters declared victory.

Palestinians in Gaza faced widespread destruction after the Israeli military targeted 160 sites.

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However diplomats said there was no agreement on how to address the crisis. The cabinet ordered the military to continue strikes "as necessary" but stopped short of calling for a new offensive.

Palestinian groups including Hamas say they have accepted an Egyptian mediated ceasefire to end the violence.

On Tuesday night, an official statement issued by the Gaza Ministry of Education announced that schools were opening, indicating that the situation was returning to normalcy.

"Israel maintains its right to act".

While Hamas announced a ceasefire Tuesday, the Israelis aren't ready to go that far.

Fighting died down at 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) and a Palestinian official briefed on the negotiations said Gaza factions ceased firing as part of a deal proposed by Egypt.

Rocket attacks from Gaza sent residents of southern Israel to shelters, wounding dozens and killing a Palestinian laborer from the occupied West Bank. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted over 100 of them. Many have openly vowed to never vote Likud again. Seven Palestinians, including five militants, were killed.

According to Israel, more than 400 rockets were fired across the fenced border from Gaza.

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