Israel and Gaza

Wednesday - 1/21/2009, 5:25pm EST

On its final working day, the Bush administration signed a last-minute deal with Israel aimed at cutting off the supply of smuggled weapons to Hamas and boosting Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire to end fighting in Gaza. Shortly after the Friday's signing, a senior government official in Israel said the country's Security Cabinet would vote Saturday night on an Egyptian proposal for a truce to end the 3-week-old offensive against Gaza's Hamas rulers.