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Israel Confirms Acceptance of 72-Hour Ceasefire

Story in full, from Israel National News.

Hamas has broken the last two ceasefires, shortly after they began. Hard to believe, I know, but there it is.

Utterly beside the point, but I can’t help noticing the sheer artistry of the photo.

Israel Confirms Acceptance of 72-Hour Ceasefire

Cabinet votes to accept 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, beginning Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. local time.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 8/4/2014, 11:45 PM

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Ground offensive in Gaza
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Israel confirmed on Monday night that it has agreed to Egypt’s proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, to begin Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time.

The confirmation came after the ministers in the Security-Diplomacy Cabinet held a telephone discussion during which they voted to agree to the ceasefire.

According to Channel 10 News, the ministers also decided that an Israeli delegation, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molho, would make its way to Cairo for talks on a permanent ceasefire.

Earlier Monday, a senior Egyptian official said that both sides had agreed to the ceasefire.

“Egypt’s contacts with relevant parties have achieved a commitment for a 72-hour truce in Gaza starting from 0500 GMT tomorrow morning, and an agreement for the rest of the relevant delegations to come to Cairo to conduct further negotiations,” the official told AFP.

Hamas has taken advantage of past temporary ceasefires to continue to fire rockets at Israeli citizens.

On Friday, the group violated a 72-hour ceasefire shortly after it went into effect, killing two IDF soldiers and kidnapping a third, Hadar Goldin, who was declared dead by the IDF on Saturday night.

On Monday, Israel announced a seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire. Hamas took advantage of this ceasefire as well, firing rockets at southern Israel just two hours after it began.

4 Comments

  1. Paul Marks says:

    And it has also been announced that the IDF is moving back to defensive positions.

    In military language there is a technical term that covers going out to fight an enemy – and then returning to base with the enemy still functioning.

    DEFEAT.

    “But we won all the battles Paul”.

    Does not matter – if you lose the war.

  2. Julie near Chicago says:

    Same like V-N. Won the battles, lost the war.

  3. NickM says:

    Did either of you expect anything else? Either Israel got whipped or they were too successful. It is the perfect Catch-22, You either fight a war to win, you take minimal action or you muddle through and set-up the re-match and so it goes on to infinity and beyond. I have said it here before and I will say it again. It is utterly wrong (on every level) to embark on war without the possibility of decision. Nearly 1900 people have been killed in this fracas and we all know it will happen again. And again. And again. Wars have to end in decision or they are immoral.

  4. Julie near Chicago says:

    Yes. 55,000 American soldiers lost, and in the end worse than a waste, because our walking away from the military win enabled America’s enemies foreign and domestic to use those lives to great propagandistic effect.

    And the result is a gnawing feeling in much of the American stomach — America, warmonger, Eeevillll…. Must not repeat…must not repeat…must not repeat…the cause is never Just, and the time is never Now….

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