(JNS.org) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced from Cairo on Wednesday that Egypt has brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas. The ceasefire was set to begin at 9 p.m. Israeli time.
"This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone for regional stability and peace," Clinton said during the press conference announcing the agreement, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.
U.S. President Barack Obama also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While Obama commended Netanyahu for agreeing to the ceasefire and the Israeli prime minister wants to give it a chance to hold, Israel may need to take further military action if the agreement fails. The ceasefire agreement was reached despite the fact that a terrorist blew up a bus earlier in the day in Tel Aviv, injuring more than 20 people.