Anderson Cooper speaks to Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor about the diplomatic efforts between Israel and Hamas.
When Anderson asks him about tonight's rumors of a possible cease-fire Palmor responds, "I can't say because obviously, while negotiations are going on, we're not going to disclose any details."
Palmor tells Anderson that Israel has tried to "explore diplomatic ways" by filing official complaints with the UN Security council. He explains, "as that didn't work, we had to use the army; we had to launch the operation." Then Palmor adds, "if there's a diplomatic possibility to stop rocket fire through some sort of arrangement or agreement or anything of the sort, then of course, we will not shun it. We will try to explore that."
When Anderson asks the spokesman to describe Israel's minimum requirements for a peace deal, Palmor replies, "The firing of rockets needs to stop, and it needs to stop for a long time, and there need to be many guarantees for that of course." He adds, "We are still willing to discuss, and to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority a peace deal. We are willing to talk any time without preconditions. And this situation, this conflict in Gaza, has not changed that fundamental position."
Yigal Palmor explains, "Now how exactly to do that, that's a tough question...what happens behind the scenes stays behind the scenes. Until we see an agreement that we can all come out with, I would rather not talk about details about conditions about requests and so on."
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