PM summons ministers for talk

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has summoned some members of the security cabinet for one-on-one talks, possibly ahead of an agreement with the Palestinians over a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip — which is sure to require Israeli concessions some ministers, such as Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, are likely to oppose.

The prime minister has spoken with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Bennet, and Communications Minister Gilad Erdan for private meetings to update them on the latest developments in the talks.

Earlier this afternoon, Netanyahu canceled a cabinet meeting that was planned for today after the Israeli negotiating team in Cairo informed him that no progress had been made in the talks. Army Radio reports that Netanyahu met with the ministers individually this evening because they were irritated that the cabinet meeting had been cancelled.

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