U.N. Call for Gaza Cease-Fire Ignored

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.N. Security Council has called for an immediate cease fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The vote was 14 to nothing, with the U.S. abstaining. But the vote has had little impact on the ground in Gaza.

Click play for more analysis of the situation in Israel with CBN News' Gary Lane following this report.

Hamas Fires More Rockets into Israel

Hamas greeted the U.N. vote with another volley of rockets into Israel, more than 30 landing Friday morning.

Hamas leaders have said they won't agree to the cease-fire, which doesn't mention Hamas by name and calls on Israel to end its two week-old military operation in the Gaza Strip.

Israel's security cabinet must now decide whether to expand the attack on the Hamas infrastructure or end the Gaza operation. Military leaders are concerned that indecision about the next step could hurt the soldiers on the ground.

Israel's air force struck dozens of suspected Hamas weapons caches overnight, but Israel arranged its own cease-fire Friday -- a three hour halt to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza Palestinians.

Obama Open to Talks with Hamas

Meanwhile, the British newspaper The Guardian reports that President-Elect Barack Obama will end the Bush administration's isolation of Hamas.

Although Hamas has long been on the State Department's list of terrorist groups and the Hamas charter repeatedly calls for Israel's destruction, sources close to the Obama team say he is prepared to open channels of communication with Hamas.

Those contacts are likely to be secret at first, possibly following the pattern the U.S. used to talk with the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the 1970s.

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