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article imageFirst Israeli killed as cease-fire rejected

By Robert Weller     Jul 15, 2014 in Politics
Tel Aviv - Shortly after a cease-fire was rejected and fighting resumed between Gaza and Israel, Tel Aviv suffered its first fatality. A mortar killed a rabbi distributing food.
The Gaza Hamas government says it has rejected the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire of its conflict with Israel, saying it had never even seen the offer.
The Times of Israel reported the first death resulting from a rocket attack on its citizens. The Maan News Agency said the death occurred near the Erez Crossing.
Hamas said all officials know of the offer is what they saw, read and heard in the media.
Tel Aviv wasted no time in resuming its airstrikes on Gaza shortly after more rockets landed in Israel.
Hamas says nearly 200 have died and almost 1,500 wounded.
“We agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give the opportunity to deal with demilitarization of the strip from missiles, rockets and tunnels through diplomatic means,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after a meeting with the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, according to the New York Times.
“But if Hamas does not accept the ceasefire proposal, as it looks now, Israel will have all the international legitimacy in order to achieve the desired quiet.”
The US supports Israel, saying Hamas should have accepted the deal.
From the start, Hamas has made clear that it does not see itself as David up against the Israeli Goliath.
Despite the destruction of many residences and shortages of medical supplies and even basic food, Gaza appears to want to show Egypt what a real Arab country is like.
Egypt’s Gen. Fatah Al-Sisi has kept the border with Gaza closed for all but a few hours since the fighting began. Al-Sisi is being seen as supporting Israel because the close ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood government the general ousted.
It wasn't clear whether Israel would now choose the bloody path of an invasion of Gaza, with no guarantees that it could achieve much and would portray Israel to the world as heartless.
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