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Sides agree to 3-day ceasefire from 8 a.m.,
followed by talks in Cairo


Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before a cabinet meeting Thursday July 31, 2014. (Screen capture: Channel 2)

Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1, they said in a joint statement. The statement said "forces on the ground will remain in place" during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw.

Hamas said it would abide by a three-day mutual cease-fire with Israel to begin early on Friday.

"Acknowledging a call by the United Nations and in consideration of the situation of our people, resistance factions agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian and mutual calm that begins at 8 a.m on Friday as long as the other side abides by it," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

"All the Palestinian factions are united behind the issue in this regard," Abu Zuhri said.

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A pro-Israel rally in New York City, July 28, 2014. (Photo credit: Jeff Rafalaf)

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that the damage done to Hamas by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge is "unprecedented in its scope."

Speaking at the opening of a security cabinet meeting, Ya'alon said that Israel would not compromise on the security of its citizens in any truce to end fighting.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he would not allow to any cease-fire that did not allow the IDF to destroy all of the infiltration tunnels in Gaza.

Speaking prior to a security cabinet meeting, the prime minister stated that IDF soldiers are currently finishing off the job of destroying tunnels.

"We have destroyed dozens of tunnels and we will finish the rest with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu vowed.

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An Israeli artillery gun fires a 155mm shell toward targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. (photo credit:AFP/ JACK GUEZ)

Rockets cause damage in Sderot; despite criticism, government resolves to intensify Gaza offensive; Israeli delegation returns from Cairo after truce talks.

Wednesday saw the heaviest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, and three soldiers killed in a booby-trapped building. The security cabinet approved ongoing strikes at Hamas, as the IDF continued tackling the Hamas cross-border tunnels.

Calls Grow to Upgrade Operation Protective Edge to 'War' Status


Rocket damage in Eilat

MK Nachman Shai on Thursday urged the Prime Minister to officially “upgrade” the status Operation Protective Edge from an IDF operation to a “war.” The government has been under pressure to do so, political and economic experts say, but has been reluctant to do so, because it will require greater outlays in compensation for those damaged by the war - precisely the reason why many are calling for the change in status.

With the fighting moving into its third week, an additional 16,000 soldiers are being called up for reserve duty, bringing the total of active reservists to over 85,000. The reservists, mostly of working age, are having their salaries covered by the National Insurance Institute, while individuals and businesses suffering from property damage due to rocket attacks are being compensated by the Mas Rechush (Property Tax) division of the Finance Ministry.

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Brennan apologizes for CIA monitoring
of Senate computers this year

CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.

The Justice Department has so far declined to pursue criminal charges against the employees, who searched the computers for information gathered in the course of a Senate investigation into the CIA's interrogation techniques.

State Department:
Christian presence in Middle East
becoming ‘shadow of its former self’

The State Department issued a dire report Monday on the state of religious freedom around the world, with an alarming warning that the Christian presence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East is becoming a "shadow of its former self."

The analysis was included as part of a comprehensive report on religious freedom around the world in 2013. The report cited a flood of examples of governments and militant groups cracking down on religious minorities, everywhere from Pakistan to Egypt to China. The victims included Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims and others.

The report offered a pointed warning about religious violence in the three-year-old civil war in Syria.

"After three years of civil war, hundreds of thousands fled the country desperate to escape the ongoing violence perpetrated by the government and extremist groups alike," the report said. It said that in Homs, the Christian population has plummeted from 160,000 before the conflict to "as few as 1,000."

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