The new truce is to last through Monday. Talks in Cairo on ending the conflict in Gaza mark the first time Israel and Hamas have negotiated, albeit indirectly, on something other than prisoner exchanges.
An Israeli promise to refrain from shelling most of Gaza today to allow for humanitarian aid was met by reports of airstrikes, setting off recriminations.
Israel and Hamas blame the other for the collapse of what was supposed to be a three-day humanitarian cease-fire leading up to talks in Egypt.
Israel and Hamas have fought and come to an uneasy cease-fire four times in six years. What makes this round of fighting – and truce talks – different?
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel will not agree to a truce before the tunnels – some which open up inside Israel – are removed as a threat.
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Viewing the enemy as a monster only motivated by hate – and only capable of responding to maximum force – can lead to error.
But intermittent fire punctured the lull in fighting and neither Israel nor Hamas have indicated a willingness to discuss a lasting cease-fire.
The Federal Aviation Authority had stirred controversy in Israel by telling airlines to avoid Tel Aviv's airport. More than 700 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have died since fighting began July 8.