Early Gaza cease-fire broke down over U.S.-Israel misunderstanding

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation reportedly broke down over a misunderstanding between Israel and the United States.

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 promised Israel that Hamas would refrain, according to an Israel Army Radio report citing an unnamed Israeli source.

Israel had asked the U.S. 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 terrorists attacked Israeli soldiers near the mouth of a tunnel in Rafah. During the attack, the Hamas terrorists kidnapped the body of Lt. Hadar Goldin.

Israel’s Gaza operation ended on Aug. 26 after 50 days of fighting.