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Palestinian negotiators reportedly accepted an Egyptian proposal of a new 72-hour truce this morning, saying they are in Cairo "to look for an agreement," reports The Associated Press.
If Israel also agrees to the new ceasefire, the two sides could resume negotiations — albeit separately, as neither recognizes the other's legitimacy — which faltered over the weekend following the end of a prior 72-hour truce. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned today that "Israel will not negotiate under fire." Israeli leaders ended negotiations in Egypt earlier this weekend, after Hamas militants resumed rocket fire toward southern Israel.
More than 1,900 Palestinians have died so far in the month-long conflict, many of whom were civilians. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers, along with three Israeli civilians, have been killed.