MAY 30 2008


BARAK'S DECISION SOON ON GAZA TRUCE = Barak is the Israeli defence minister

Barak says this while Olmert says we are at a deciding point one way or another (war or truce) we will bring an end to the rocket fire it can not continue .

Clip from below = "We know that the situation as it is cannot continue," Olmert said. "We are in the days of decisions on this issue, and will bring an end to the rocket fire - one way or another."

Ezekiel 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.


A day after Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to "disconnect" himself from day-to-day management of the country, The Jerusalem Post learned on Thursday that the two leaders will meet in the coming days to formulate Israel's response to an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.


Top Barak aide Amos Gilad is scheduled to head to Cairo on Sunday for talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. Defense officials said that Gilad will likely bring to Cairo Israel's official decision on the cease-fire proposal.


The officials said Israel was disappointed with the proposal, which despite demands by Barak and Gilad - did not provide for the release of Cpl. Gilad Schalit, who is being held by Hamas in Gaza, or a guarantee that Egypt will stop the weapons smuggling under the Philadelphi Corridor.


"This is a watered-down deal," one defense official said. "It is difficult to see how we can accept it."


Diplomatic officials said the talks were complicated, but that the "door is open in Egypt," and the talks are continuing.


The officials said Hamas is demanding that Israel open the crossings into the Gaza Strip once a cease-fire is declared. Israel prefers to do this only gradually, linking such a step to Hamas flexibility on the prisoner exchange for Schalit.


Hamas, according to the officials, is also adamant that the cease-fire be extended to the West Bank as well as Gaza, something Israel opposes.


Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said there was no fixed date on when a decision would be made regarding what the Egyptians have proposed. The sources added that the decision would be made jointly by Olmert and Barak, and would likely be brought to the security cabinet for its approval.


The prime minister is scheduled to hold security-related discussions Sunday morning, but it is not clear whether he will convene the security cabinet that day as well.


The security cabinet generally meets on Wednesdays, but this coming Wednesday, Olmert will be in Washington.


Olmert, in a meeting with the heads of communities near the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, said that a decision was close, but he did not say exactly when it would be made.


"We know that the situation as it is cannot continue," Olmert said. "We are in the days of decisions on this issue, and will bring an end to the rocket fire - one way or another."




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