Egypt is reportedly spearheading attempts to broker a ceasefire to end the major flareup which saw over 400 rockets and projectiles launched at Israeli cities and over 150 Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.
According to diplomatic sources, Israel is not cooperating with UN and Egyptian efforts to negotiate a ceasefire to the recent flareup.
“We’re not talking with them about a ceasefire,” a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Both sides of the conflict have been urged by the international community to step back from the edge of war the past day’s violence has threatened in the largest flareup in Israel-Gaza relations since the 2014 war.
The security cabinet convened in the late morning at the army’s Tel Aviv headquarters to receive updates from the military and to deliberate how to proceed. The discussion was expected to last several hours, and it was unclear whether at the end of it the ministers would vote on the next course of action.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly in recent days that he is interested in avoiding “unnecessary wars,” but also stressed that Israel may not have any alternative to a widespread military operation in Gaza to halt rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
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