Israeli will hopefully quiet once again after Egypt brokered a long-term truce to stop the fighting. According to Palestinian officials, Israel has agreed to ease the blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and construction supplies. According to a Hamas website, Egypt will bring the sides back together in a month to discuss major issues.
The question is whether Hamas will stop firing rockets at Israel.
“We confirm complete appreciation to the Egyptian efforts which started long ago seeking to satisfy all sides. Qatar also played a role in that. We also would like to mention that (US Secretary of State John) Kerry was also in touch with us for the same purpose and so we thank all those who played roles,” Abbas said.
“We discussed several necessary things with Hamas leaders in Qatar in order to enable the national consensus government to do its job,” he continued.”
“During these 50 days or more, we exerted every effort to provide our people with the supplies they needed. Some supplies were from us and others from our friends. But still this isn’t enough. … People in Gaza need a lot more. Quick support is needed to try and heal the wound which was inflicted on Gaza.”
For his part, deputy chief of Hamas’ politburo Mousa Abu Marzouq wrote on his Twitter account that “talks have ended. We have reached understandings crowning our people’s steadfastness and our resistance’s triumph. We are awaiting a statement setting the zero point and end to the aggression.”
Israel has pledged to stop targeted assassinations against Palestinian terrorists.$
Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have accepted the newly reached ceasefire agreement.