RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
NPR's Linda Gradstein reports.
LINDA GRADSTEIN: Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad says Hamas wants the cease-fire to continue.
GHAZI HAMAD: We are committed completely to this agreement, and we will not allow anyone to violate or to break this agreement.
GRADSTEIN: Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told Israel television that Israel is also interested in making the cease-fire work.
MARK REGEV: The Israeli military operations were defensive. We pulled out of Gaza last year not to return again this year. We pulled out of Gaza in the hope that the Israeli-Gaza frontier would be a quiet frontier. Now, if they cease their terrorist acts, we will not have any need to protect our citizens. And the ball is in their court.
GRADSTEIN: But Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said there are already contacts on extending the cease-fire to the West Bank. And he said he hopes the cease-fire will lead to the release of an Israeli soldier captured on the Gaza-Israel border five months ago. Olmert has already said Israel is willing to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier.
EHUD OLMERT: (Foreign language spoken)
GRADSTEIN: Linda Gradstein, NPR News, Jerusalem.
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