Egypt is proposing a temporary cease-fire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.
The Foreign Ministry announced a three-step plan starting with a 12-hour cease-fire by the Israelis and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers that would take effect Tuesday morning. That would be followed by the opening of border crossings and negotiations between both sides in Cairo within 48 hours.
The proposal was expected to be discussed at an Arab League meeting of foreign ministers later Monday. An Israeli official told Reuters the Israeli Security Cabinet is planning to meet Tuesday to discuss the proposal.