Report: U.S.-Israel mix-up sank cease-fire in Gaza

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A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation broke down because of miscommunication between the United States and Israel about Hamas’ promises, Israel Army Radio reported.

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal did not agree to refrain from attacking Israeli troops on the ground during the 72-hour cease-fire that started Aug. 1, though the United States assured Israel that Hamas would refrain, according to the Army Radio report citing an unnamed Israeli source.

Israel had asked the United States for a cease-fire and the ability to continue destroying Gaza tunnels without intervention by Hamas, according to the report.

The cease-fire ended when Hamas attacked Israeli soldiers near the mouth of a tunnel in Rafah. During the attack, Hamas soldiers kidnapped the body of Lt. Hadar Goldin. — jta