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International NGOs have welcomed the commencement of a ceasefire in Gaza and urged all parties to reach a lasting, comprehensive and just peace.
Prominent Jews in Britain, "passionate supporters of Israel", have called on Israel to cease its military operations in Gaza immediately, believing them to be wrong and counter-productive.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has pushed aside global calls for a 48-hour truce in the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid in and give diplomacy a chance to take over from bloodshed and killing.