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Israelis simmer down as countdown to ceasefire begins

Israelis are getting back to normal life, with the weekend conflagration with Gaza seemingly winding down, despite rocket fire continuing and authorities asking people in rocket-prone areas to remain near shelters.

In Rishon Letzion, targeted by rockets earlier in the day, people are out at bars having a night out.

“Everyone knows how to get to a shelter quickly,” Olympic judoka Peter Palchik tells Channel 12 news. “We’ve gotten used to it, it’s sad to say.”

Haaretz reporter Josh Breiner tweets out a picture of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu taking in a movie in Herzliya with his wife, Sara. Breiner notes that the former prime minister, who just got his first security briefing earlier in the day, seems more interested in his phone than Brad Pitt vehicle “Bullet Train.”

In Gaza as well, residents are being warned to beware an Israeli strike that may come in the waning hours of the day before the ceasefire goes into effect. Such periods are liable to see increased fighting, as each side attempts to get its final shots in.

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