Morning Brief: How does Gaza end?
Top Story Haaretz reports that the Israeli leadership is divided over whether to continue the fighting in Gaza, with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak arguing for ending the operation and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arguing for continuing. Hamas’s leaders also say the group will continue fighting, rejecting a French-Egyptian truce proposal. ...
Haaretz reports that the Israeli leadership is divided over whether to continue the fighting in Gaza, with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak arguing for ending the operation and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arguing for continuing. Hamas’s leaders also say the group will continue fighting, rejecting a French-Egyptian truce proposal.
Israel has eased up somewhat in its air assault on the territory, though the ground operation continues in full force as some reservists have been called up and troops moved closer to Gaza City.
Officials now put the Palestinian death toll over 900, including 380 civilians. Ten Israeli soldiers have been killed in the fighting along with three civilians killed in Hamas rocket attacks.
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