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Israeli cabinet debates Egypt proposal on Gaza truce: Radio

Published on Nov 20, 2012 6:04 AM
A handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd-L) addressing the national economy emergency committee at his office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in talks with top ministers on Monday, a government source said, in what was understood to be discussions on how to proceed with the ongoing Gaza operation.

Ministers in Mr Netanyahu's inner circle - the Forum of Nine - were reportedly in talks over whether to agree to a ceasefire or expand the air and naval campaign into a ground operation.

Israeli public radio said the meeting would touch on an Egyptian ceasefire proposal that emerged following a full day of indirect negotiations in Cairo on Sunday between Israeli officials and Palestinian representatives.

The report said Israel wanted to see a 24- to 48-hour truce take effect that could then be used to negotiate the finer details of a full ceasefire agreement.

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