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Israel strikes three targets in Gaza Strip

TENSE TIMES:Palestinian militants said on Monday they are ready for a truce, but Israeli leaders say they are not willing to forgive and forget four days of rocket attacks

Reuters, JERUSALEM

Leaders of Hamas met officials from the Islamic Jihad and other groups on Monday and said they would respond in future according to how Israel acted — a formulation they have used previously to signal their readiness for a ceasefire.

Israel has shown little appetite for a new Gaza war, which could strain relations with the new Islamist-rooted government in neighboring Egypt. The countries made peace in 1979.

However, Netanyahu will be reluctant to seem weak ahead of a Jan. 22 election that opinion polls currently predict he will win.

Additional reporting by AP

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