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Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby during their meeting at his residence in Cairo. With a deadline just hours away, Egyptian mediators shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in hopes of salvaging a long-term cease-fire arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. In an apparent attempt to pressure Hamas, Egypt said it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza, but only if a deal is reached. Israel, meanwhile, said in recent months it had arrested nearly 100 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in an alleged plot to topple Abbas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File) -
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby during their meeting at his residence in Cairo. With a deadline just hours away, Egyptian mediators shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in hopes of salvaging a long-term cease-fire arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. In an apparent attempt to pressure Hamas, Egypt said it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza, but only if a deal is reached. Israel, meanwhile, said in recent months it had arrested nearly 100 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in an alleged plot to topple Abbas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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By Josef Federman, The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered negotiators at cease-fire talks to return home from Cairo following rocket fire by Palestinian militants.

The Israeli move, coupled with the outbreak of violence, threw Egyptian efforts to arrange a long-term cease-fire into jeopardy.

The official said the Egyptian-hosted talks with Hamas militants are based on the "premise" that there will be no violence.

The official said: "They are breaking the cease-fire. They are breaking the premise of the talks." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.

Egypt has been hosting indirect talks meant to end a monthlong war. The talks face a midnight deadline. Palestinian militants fired two barrages of rockets Tuesday, sparking Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in retaliation.

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