Israel rules out immediate truce



Israel has bombarded the Gaza Strip for
five consecutive days [GALLO/GETTY]

Padang ekspres News-Israel has rejected calls for an immediate temporary ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip after five consecutive days of aerial assault.

An aide to Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, quoted him as saying: "If conditions will ripen and we think there will be a diplomatic solution that will ensure a better security reality in the south, we will consider it. But at the moment, it's not there."

Israel's security cabinet met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal made by France, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, for a 48-hour truce.

Yigal Palmor, a foreign ministry spokesman, said it was unrealistic to expect Israel to agree to a plan "with no mechanism to enforce the cessation of shooting and terror from Hamas". read more

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