Netanyahu says Gaza plan can begin before terms fully agreed - media

Aftermath of an Israeli strike on a house in the central Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli media quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying on Monday that the first phase of a U.S.-promoted plan to wind down the Gaza war, entailing a limited hostage release by Hamas, could be undertaken without necessary agreement on what follows.

The leaked quotes from a closed-door parliamentary meeting, which were not immediately confirmed by officials, suggested Israel sees a possibility of entering an initial Gaza truce though it has ruled out ending the war as demanded by Hamas.

(Writing by Dan Williams)