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August 4th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Israel agrees to 3-day cease-fire, says onus is on Hamas

(CNN) – Israel accepted an Egyptian proposed 72-hour cease-fire Monday, Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with CNN’s "The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

A Palestinian delegation in Cairo, and Hamas has also agreed to the latest truce.

The proposal was the same one put forward by Egypt, and accepted by Israel, three weeks ago, Regev said.

“If the Palestinian parties, the different groups in Gaza have accepted it, so what has to be said is all the loss of life that we've seen in the last three weeks has been totally without any reason,” Regev said.

But the Israeli official seemed doubtful of the truce’s success, evidenced by Hamas breaking Friday’s cease-fire in less than two hours.

“We're coming to this with our eyes open. The onus is on Hamas and the other terrorist groups in Gaza,” Regev said.

"We've been burnt more than once when the U.N., the United States, others have said cease-fire and Hamas has destroyed the hopes for a better future. We'll be watching closely to see what happens tomorrow morning," said Regev.

To date, 1,856 people have been killed in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli officials have said 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have died.

In this latest truce, Israel will cease all military activities, and offensive operations in Gaza, including its operation to destroy Hamas' network of tunnels, which is nearly finished and should not be a consideration going forward, said Regev.

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