Report: Israel rejects Hamas cease-fire proposal

Published April 7th, 2006 - 09:13 GMT

Hamas has offered Israel a proposal for a broad, extended cease-fire in exchange for guarantees that the Israeli army will not launch attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

The Tel Aviv-based Haaretz daily said the new Hamas-led cabinet is ready to pledge not to launch attacks against Israel and would prevent other armed Palestinian groups from doing so. The proposal has been conveyed to Israel through Egyptian mediators and other third parties, the paper added.


It quoted Israeli officials as dismissing the offer as a "trick."

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