Ambassador: 'Israel has the right to defend itself'

Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, has defended the assault on Gaza.

He told Daybreak : "We've had over 800 rockets and missiles since the beginning of the year and I don't think any country in that situation could sit still and do nothing."

"Ideally what we want to see is a peace treaty. Unfortunately in Hamas in the Gaza strip we have a group who is dedicated to the distraction of Israel "

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.