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ISRAEL PLANS CEASEFIRE; GOALS ATTAINED

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel plans to halt its Gaza offensive without any deal with Hamas, an Israeli official said on Saturday, in an apparent effort to deny the Islamist group any gains from the three-week-old conflict.

Hamas leaders in exile have vowed to fight on, but many of the 1.5 million Palestinians enduring incessant bombardment and privation in Gaza seemed desperate for their ordeal to end.

"The goal is to announce, subject to cabinet approval, a suspension of military activities because we believe our goals have been attained," said the official, asking not to be named.

The security cabinet met shortly before 8 p.m. (1800 GMT). Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was to address the nation afterwards.

Reporting on the start of the meeting, Israel's Channel 10 television said the military commander had recommended concluding the campaign.

Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip on December 27 and ground troops pushed into the coastal enclave a week later.

Without an accord with Hamas, diplomats said they feared Israel would let only a trickle of goods into Gaza, hampering reconstruction and creating more hardship for its people.

"There is no agreement with Hamas," the Israeli official said, adding that Israel would reserve the right to act if Hamas continued firing or launched rockets across the border.

A Hamas official in Beirut said earlier the militants would keep fighting until Israel met their demands, mainly for an end to a crippling economic blockade.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged Israel to end its Gaza operation immediately and said he planned to host a reconstruction conference, but did not say when.

Egyptian state news agency MENA said Olmert had called Mubarak to give "Israel's positive response" to ceasefire calls.

Mubarak also invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss Gaza in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he might attend. Western diplomats said the British, German, Spanish and Turkish leaders could all also join the talks.

Israel plans ceasefire, Hamas vows to fight on | Reuters

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They are stopping the holocaust because of regime change in USA. They knew BUSH would be on board for the war crimes so they committed them while they had the green light from Bush. They know that Obama would not stand for it and would probably even criticize it.
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They are stopping the holocaust because of regime change in USA. They knew BUSH would be on board for the war crimes so they committed them while they had the green light from Bush. They know that Obama would not stand for it and would probably even criticize it.
Your not quite up with the game play are you dude! nevermind.
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They are stopping the holocaust because of regime change in USA. They knew BUSH would be on board for the war crimes so they committed them while they had the green light from Bush. They know that Obama would not stand for it and would probably even criticize it.
Barack will criticize it, but he'll also tolerate it. He doesn't have much choice.

And not much will change.
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Barack will criticize it, but he'll also tolerate it. He doesn't have much choice.

And not much will change.
I agree. AIPAC will make sure of that.
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I beg to differ.

I've already made the case that Israel's timing was in part motivated by the Obama transition. The war was calculated to commence during Bush's term and the end conveniently declared just before Obama takes office.

Don't kid yourself about Obama standing in front of an AIPAC audience. If you recall he said at the time that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital and then, when criticized, he backtracked and claimed his comments were poorly worded. Poorly worded? Either you think that Jerusalem is Israel's undivided capital or you don't. I suppose that means he thinks the opposite.

Notwithstanding the fact that 80% of American Jews voted for Obama his instincts are with the third world.
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I beg to differ.

I've already made the case that Israel's timing was in part motivated by the Obama transition. The war was calculated to commence during Bush's term and the end conveniently declared just before Obama takes office.

Don't kid yourself about Obama standing in front of an AIPAC audience. If you recall he said at the time that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital and then, when criticized, he backtracked and claimed his comments were poorly worded. Poorly worded? Either you think that Jerusalem is Israel's undivided capital or you don't. I suppose that means he thinks the opposite.

Notwithstanding the fact that 80% of American Jews voted for Obama his instincts are with the third world.
Nice one Boo, I think you just defended the true nature of a politician, any politician.
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The metrics of murder

Ah come on, if they just hang on a little longer, the Israelis can up their murder count to 1500 dead--now that's a nice sounding number upon which the politicians can campaign during the next election cycle.
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