Jan 16, 2009 18:59
US, Israel to jointly battle smuggling
With only four days remaining until the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama - a date widely regarded by Israeli analysts as the cut-off date for Israel's Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza, the prospects for a mutually agreed ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist terror group seemed slimmer than earlier in the week.
Defense Ministry Diploamtic-Security chief Amos Gilad returned from Egypt Friday afternoon and was briefing Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv on his meeting with Egyptian officials there.
An official statement from the Defense Ministry remained mum on the details of Gilad's briefing to Barak upon his arrival but Israel TV media quoted unnamed sources as saying Gilad could not secure from the Egyptians any concrete obligations from Hamas leadership.
In a diplomatic race