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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Israel rebuffs Gaza truce call, mobilises more troops," Asharq Alawsat, December 31, 2008.

GAZA, (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday said the time was not right for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and stepped up preparations for a possible ground offensive after Hamas's long-range rockets hit another major population centre.

"If conditions will ripen and we think there will be a diplomatic solution that will ensure a better security reality in the south, we will consider it. But at the moment, it's not there," an aide quoted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as saying.

France had proposed a 48-hour truce that would allow in more humanitarian aid for Gaza's 1.5 million residents. Olmert made the remarks -- which did not rule out a ceasefire in the future -- to his security cabinet, which had rebuffed the plan.

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