Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected the offer proposed by Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, and will not accept a truce until the ruling Hamas Party free an Israeli soldier they captured nearly two weeks ago
The European Union has accused the Israelis of using "disproportionate force" against Palestinians and making a humanitarian crisis worse.
Is Israel right to withdraw from northern Gaza? Should Olmert have accepted the cease-fire offer? Do you agree with the EU assertion that Israeli action has been disproportionate?