Jul. 27, 2014 – 14:10 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi weigh in on the ongoing violence and what it will take to achieve a lasting cease-fire.
The United Nations called for an unconditional cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, and all 15 members of the U.N. Security Council approved the statement, which called on both Israel and Hamas to “accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire” during the start of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr “and beyond.”
Israel has agreed to two cease-fire proposals, and even though Hamas has not, rocket fire into Israel has slowed, as has the bombing of Gaza. “The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) is free to attack after any fire if there is any,” an Israeli army spokesperson said in a radio interview. Hamas said it wanted a 24-hour truce to mark Eid al-Fitr.