Israel denies Hamas assertion that Netanyahu asked for truce

JERUSALEM Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:28am EST

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JERUSALEM Nov 19 (Reuters) - Israel denied on Monday Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal's assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanuyahu has requested a truce in the Gaza conflict.

"Hamas's comments about a ceasefire, alleging that Israel is begging for one, are about as accurate as its claims to have shot down an F-15 (warplane) or attacked the Knesset," a senior government official said.