Hamas informed Arab mediators that it would approve a Qatari-Egyptian cease-fire proposal, Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, said in a statement Monday. The Israeli prime minister’s office said in a statement later Monday that the war cabinet had “unanimously decided” to continue the operation in Rafah, but added that Israel would send mediators to try to negotiate an agreement, calling Hamas’s proposal “far from Israel’s requirements.”