Annapolis (Gaza update)
(Reuters) Israel rejects truce, presses on with Gaza strikes
(NYTimes) On Fourth Day of Gaza Battle, No End in Sight. (Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the bombardment “the first of several stages,” suggesting that, with no active diplomacy in sight, the conflict was far from resolution.)
(Haaretz) "Israel has thus far refused to officially discuss a cease-fire, but in practice it is conducting an indirect and hesitant dialogue with Hamas. As of yet, however, there is no official mediator...."
(Haaretz) "The Foreign Ministry on Sunday released preliminary options for a "diplomatic exit strategy" from the operation in the Gaza Strip."
(YNet) "Speaking at a meeting with top officials, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert instructed participants to refrain from talking about the possibility of a Gaza ceasefire at this time..."
(So, the official line, "we do not negotiate, we're going to keep going," is more positioning than literal.)
(Bush and Rice are yet to comment on the whole thing.)