Israel, Hamas Accept New Ceasefire Agreement

Palestinian officials said the ceasefire calls for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities.

08/26/14
Staff Writer
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A ball of fire rises from the home of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader that was hit by an Israeli air strike. Getty Images
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As rockets continued to be fired on southern Israel from Gaza today, causing at least two injuries, and Israeli missiles brought down buildings in Gaza where Hamas leaders were reportedly hiding, Hamas announced that it has accepted a long-term, Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel.

Senior Israeli officials told the Jerusalem Post that cabinet ministers were updated by phone that Israel would accept the cease-fire, even while air raid sirens sounded in the south.

The ceasefire is to take effect today at 7 p.m. Israeli time (noon EST).

According to The Jerusalem Post, Palestinian officials said the ceasefire calls for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the enclave's fishing zone in the Mediterranean.

Under a second stage, which would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians will discuss the construction of a Gaza seaport and an Israeli release of Hamas prisoners in the West Bank.

"An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour for implementation," said Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri.

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Perhapswith attention focused on ISIS,will Israel get less international criticism?But what did Israel gain. Of course Hamas will rebuild tunnels, will still recruit to support its charter's promise to destroy Israel. So Israeli lives will be moe normal again, but still Israel does not benefit enough.

I hope Palestinians do not use this truce to get more rockets to shoot at Israel.
Nothing is permanent in our land, especially Peace.

And what did Israel get? Did Hamas agree to recognize Israel's right to exist, or is this just the next reload-phase? The World is so blind BECAUSE aren't surrounded by death-loving animals like this.

Israel should have leveled Gaza to a parking lot so there is no where to hide or launch rockets. If they agree to be monitored and dearm, fine.

And Israel's right to exist?

A seaport??? To bring in goods without anyone knowing what is being brought in??? That's not a sustainable pros

Whether one agrees with Bibi's and Ya'alon's approach or one believes that Israel's needs would have been better served by proceeding in the manner advocated by Bennet and Liberman, it appears that the course followed by Israel since it withdrew its ground forces without establishing a buffer within Gaza has allowed Hamas to snatch some bit of victory from the jaws of defeat. That will empower Hamas and ultimately lead to more war.

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