Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office © Gali Tibbon - POOL/AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office
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Last updated: July 10, 2014

Israel PM says Gaza ceasefire "not on agenda"

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A ceasefire with Hamas militants in Gaza is "not even on the agenda," Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu told a parliamentary committee Thursday, an Israeli newspaper reported.

"I am not talking to anybody about a ceasefire right now," the website of Haaretz newspaper quoted Netanyahu as telling the Knesset's foreign affairs and defence committee.

"It's not even on the agenda."

Israel has been pounding targets in the Gaza Strip for three days, since beginning an offensive named Operation Protective Edge in response to Hamas rocket fire.

Since the beginning of the flare-up, at least 80 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of rockets have been fired into Israel.

No Israelis have been killed.

Netanyahu said he would not heed calls from hardline rightwing members of his government to cut electricity to Gaza, which Israel supplies.

"We can't do what the Russians did to the Chechens," Haaretz quoted him as saying.

The meeting was held at the defence ministry in Tel Aviv, rather than its usual location in the parliament building in Jerusalem.

Rockets fired from Gaza since the flare-up began Tuesday have reached major cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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