Palestinian Hamas militants announced on Wednesday they were ready to stop the latest round of cross-border violence as long as Israel followed suit, in a statement issued after Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a third day of fighting.
Schools reopened in southern Israeli communities after having been closed for three days due to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.
A rocket fired from Gaza landed in Ashkelon was the first since a barrage of rocket fire on southern Israel ended.
Schools in southern Israeli communities were closed after rockets from Gaza pounded the area, leaving a father of four dead and dozens wounded.
Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza have agreed on a deal to swap the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive for five years, for the release of a proposed 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Israel and the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, agreed to a cease-fire after five days of cross-border violence, officials said on Monday.
Hamas announced Thursday that a unilateral cease-fire on the part of all factions in the Gaza Strip was to come into effect at 11 P.M. local time.
Libya declared a ceasefire in the country and will comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday. The conciliatory message was in sharp contrast to comments made by Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi just before the UN vote, in which he said that forces loyal to him would mercilessly attack rebels.
Did Israel actually trick our terrorist enemy into complacency before catching it off guard? Did we use the six-month cease-fire with Hamas to beef up our intelligence and plan a blitzkrieg counterattack in response to the incessant bombing of Israeli civilians?