July 14th, 2014
08:11 PM ET

Hamas calls cease-fire proposal a 'joke', Israel 'seriously' considers

The Israeli security cabinet is set to meet Tuesday morning to review a ceasefire proposal put forward by Egypt.

Israeli officials say the proposal is being taken very seriously. But Hamas may not be willing to negotiate.

Amid fighting, Israeli Cabinet to consider possible cease-fire

A Hamas spokesman describes Egypt's proposal for a cease-fire as a joke: "It's an initiative for the media. It's not a political initiative."

U.S. officials, meanwhile, tell CNN Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing a possible trip to the Middle East to lay the groundwork for a ceasefire agreement.

OutFront, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States- and now a CNN Middle East analyst – Michael Oren.

Filed under: Hamas • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • News
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  1. Dave

    All the CNN anchors seem concerned about the "disproportionality of death" in the current conflict – I guess they would all be satisfied if a hundred or two Isarelis would be dead as well. That would make them happy ? How dare Erin Burnett ask "can this be called defense" ? Perhaps every time one of Obama's drones whacks a terrorist in Yemen we should allow some Americans to be murdered to have "proportionality"

    July 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  2. Justice

    I want to answer Erin's statement on the news tonight – how come Gaza has so many dead and Israel does not !!
    One of the reason is that Hamas shooting rockets are placed in civilian areas – from Mosques, from hospitals from school and residential area. Because of coverage of the news – like CNN and a few other TV stations – the terrorists get the media coverage they are looking for,unfortunately they do not care for their people. All the money that is coming from the US is not used for the people or for their protection or for improving lives.It is used ONLY for terrorizing others.
    CNN coverage of news the way they do is only encouraging terrorism.

    July 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  3. J.

    -Let's get this entire thing over with..Send the Arabians back to Arabia and give Israel its 1948 territory back completely; use UN forces to insure this...until they so many of them that it ptoves the Arabs intent upon Israel. All the peace talk hear will only be at the point of war...having it, that id.

    July 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • J.

      -I hate screens to deliver messages, but what I was tryingto say, in the end piece, is,'...use the UN to stand guard between the Arabs and Israel and the Arab will kill UN members...proving -all along- their intent at and for peace..this will point to show that peace only means war to Palestinians.

      July 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  4. Collin LaMey

    This war started because those 3 kids were murdered and Israel blamed Hamas without evidence and attacked . I believe THE US GOVT.should speak to Israel about this type of behavior. It is unacceptable and does nothing to aid the peace process.

    July 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      NO The war never ended since the last supposed "cease fire" that was brokered in 2012 by Egypt. There has not been a week that there weren't rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel or attempts at terrorist incidents, – get your facts straight before you begin pontificating

      July 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply

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