FROM Ribhi Salem
Israel, Gaza and the Prospects for Peace Israel said today it welcomes efforts by France and Egypt to negotiate a ceasefire in Gaza. Meantime, under heavy pressure from humanitarian organizations, Israel suspended fighting for roughly three hours this afternoon.
Israel, Gaza and the Prospects for Peace Israel is under intense international pressure, and today it suspended attacks in Gaza to ease the humanitarian crisis. After three hours, the fighting resumed. At the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended a Security Council meeting on the conflict. On another front, French President Sarkozy is working with Egypt and Syria on terms of a ceasefire. Israel said it welcomes a peace effort by France and Egypt. We talk with people in Gaza itself, update the international diplomacy and hear conflicting views on the Israeli initiative from American Jews.
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