Israeli Cabinet Objects to 'Truce'

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - At Wednesday's Security Cabinet meeting, the majority of ministers said a six-month cease-fire with Hamas would give Palestinian terror groups time to rearm and regroup.

Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet (General Security Agency), told the ministers that Hamas is continuing to strengthen its hold on the Gaza Strip.

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter said accepting the Egyptian-brokered truce bestows legitimacy on the Hamas terror group.

"We have to reach a cease-fire from a state of deterrence, while ensuring we can increase the chances to free [captured Israel Defense Forces Corporal] Gilad Shalit," Dichter said.

"A problematic terror state has arisen, which is built on the Hezbollah model," he said.

"There is ongoing weapons smuggling of worrying quantity and quality from Egypt, and this terror state is gaining legitimacy from Egypt and maybe even more than that," he said, reminding ministers that Palestinians in Gaza had fired more than 900 rockets on Israel since the beginning of the year.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was visiting Israel Defense Forces in training in the Golan Heights, did not attend the Security Cabinet meeting.

On Tuesday, while touring the security fence in Samaria, Barak said the time is not right for a truce.

"This is not the right time for a cease-fire with Hamas," Barak said, noting that more than 13 Kassam rockets and mortar shells were fired on southern Israeli communities that morning.

Barak said it is not time to talk about a cease-fire when Israel is in a "confrontation with Hamas."

Meanwhile Wednesday morning in Cairo, 12 Palestinian terror groups accepted the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

While each group had its own set of differing demands, they all agreed to accept Egypt's proposal.

And while leaders of Palestinian terror cells met in Cairo, there was no cessation of Kassam rocket attacks on Israel.

For the second time in two days, a Kassam exploded near a school in Sderot, but no one was hurt in the attack. On Tuesday, 16 rockets were fired in the area.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news, Haaretz

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