PM Netanyahu Accepts Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

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netanyahuEgypt has offered a cease fire proposal, as reported by Haaretz at its live blog:

10:29 P.M. Sources in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry say Egypt has proposed a cease-fire outline to Israel and Gaza: The cease-fire will start at 9 A.M., meaning Israel will stop aerial, naval and ground operations against the Gaza Strip and promise not to engage in a ground offensive or harm civilians. At the same time, all the Palestinian factions will hold their fire.

Crossings between Gaza and Israel will be reopened, and restrictions on the passage of commodities and people will be eased, in return for a halt to hostilities.

Within 48 hours after the cease-fire, Israeli and Palestinian delegations will arrive in Cairo for continued indirect talks to discuss the details of the truce and its implementation. Egypt will receive guaranties from both sides, and promises to implement the outline. (Jack Khoury)

11:14 P.M. Israel’s security cabinet will meet Tuesday morning to discuss the Egyptian cease-fire proposal. A senior minister in the cabinet said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepts the Egyptian offer and will bring it to a vote in the meeting that will take place on Tuesday at 7 A.M. “This is a basic proposal that can be accepted as a starting point and after that further discussions on the specifics can be held,” the minister said. (Barak Ravid)

This presents an obvious problem for Hamas.

There are differing assessments of how much pressure its leadership is under, hidden beneath apartment buildings and hospitals it knows Israel will not bomb. Regardless, Hamas will have failed to score any damaging blows to Israel, but will have caused the deaths of almost 200 Palestinians dead and a thousand terrorist locations destroyed.

Also, Hamas made demands for a ceasefire, including the release of terrorists released in the Shalit deal but subsequently rearrested. If those demands are not met, Hamas’ inevitable claims of victory will be hard to play.

For the ceasefire to take effect, all the Palestinian terrorist groups would have to hold their fire. Who even knows if that could happen.

What’s in it for Israel?

For one, it avoids a ground invasion which almost certainly would have brought international condemnation upon it. For the first time the international community mostly sat this one out for the past week – remarkable actually. It reflects the understanding that Hamas and other terrorist factions started the conflict, and the isolation of Hamas from Egypt and other Arab countries.

Israel didn’t achieve it’s goal of crushing Hamas, but it inflicted serious damage. Invading and holding Gaza again really is not an option.

But no one should think this is the last of it.

The Israeli cabinet meets Tuesday morning. We’ll see if the passes. There is strong opposition, as The Times of Israel reports:

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon says the Egyptian ceasefire proposal is “a slap in the face of the citizens of Israel.”

Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked says halting the offensive without damaging tunnels and rockets would mean Israel is “caving in” to Hamas.

Meanwhile, MK Miri Regev (Likud) says the agreement “is a danger to the security of the state of Israel and its citizens.”

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Accepting a cease fire now is a mistake.
    Hamas will use it to regroup and rearm.
    Opening border crossings between Israel and Gaza is just plain stupidity. Hashem Yirachem.

  2. If Netanyahu agrees to this farce, he should resign immediately and disappear from public life in shame. He is clearly the biggest LOSER to walk the face of this earth.

  3. Right these three are! But you’ve got to live in the real world – not in total denial!
    Israel should accept with but one stipulation:
    The moment the first rocket comes in the truce is thus invalidated, null & void!
    Within 30 seconds of the ceasefire that rocket will be shot especially since them arabs can’t agree on anything! Then Israel continues it’s crushing bombardment!

  4. THIS IS A SLAP TO THE CITIZENS OF ISRAEL–ESPECIALLY THE ONES IN THE SOUTH THAT ARE IN THE CONSTANT LINE OF FIRE. HAMAS WANTS A CEASEFIRE AS SHEER DESPARATION FROM THE SEVERE BLOW THEY REXCEIVED. A CEASEFIRE AT THIS TIME WILL GIVE THEM TIME TO REGROUP AND START THE NEXT ROUND OF TERROR AND DEATH OF INNOCENTS. ISRAEL SHOULD FINISH OFF THE JOB AND COMPLETELY DESTROY HAMAS AND ITS WEAPONS CAPABILITIES!! OTHERWISE , THE ISRAELI GOV IS BETRAYING THEIR CITIZENS BY MAKING THEM REPEAT THIS SCENARIO OF “LIVING UNDER THE CONSTANT LINE OF FIRE” AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE….AN OPTION WOULD BE LET THE ISRAELI CITIZENS VOTE WHETHER TO ACCEPT A CEASEFIRE AT THIS STAGE. I’M CERTAIN THAT THY WOULD PREFER FINISHING OFF THE ENEMY SO THAT THERE COULD BE SOME SENSE OF NORMALCY IN THEIR DAY-TO DAY EXISTENSE…..

  5. I told you so. Bibi caved in like usual that is why I live in the states. It’s not that I am not a zionist or love the land but when your own gov’t can’t protect you or wishes to appease the international arena then you have no choice.

  6. Why can’t everyone accept that hamas is a terrorist organization the likes of al-Qaeda, and Hezbollah. Where do cease-fires have a place in negotiations with such entities. They only know one language which is violence. They must be obliterated wholly and totally. If one day others start it back up, they too must be crushed. It’s painful to watch this scene play itself over every few years with no lasting results. Although, true-peace may never be achieved before the advent of moshiach, whatever can be done, should be.

    While I understand that entering gaza brings with it huge risks and it pains me to think of jewish soldiers entering into such sakana, we can’t lose site of the fact that people wake up everyday in fear, and can’t live normal lives.

    This is my opinion, what do you think?

  7. Hamas is lucky. If they do not seek a sheltered peace, they will not have any shelter left. This is a cornerstone for better review in the future. Let the days continue.

  8. It’s not so hard hard for them to claim victory. All they have to do is claim it. That’s what they’ve been doing until now.

  9. Can’t Bibi make up his mind? He said he was going to continue on for as long as it takes to stop their rockets. Making a peace treaty isn’t stopping the rockets, it’s only giving a 15 minute intermission to stock up until the show continues.

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