Sunday, November 18, 2012

Israel's terms for a Gaza ceasefire?

Gaza strip
Some reports have spelled out the terms Israel has tabled for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Here is one summary of those rumoured terms:

According to reports in Cairo, these are the conditions for a ceasefire set forth by Israel:
 1. A lull for a period of more than 15 years.

 2. An immediate cessation of arms smuggling and the transfer of weapons to Gaza. 

 3. Cessation of rocket fire on the part of all armed Palestinian factions and an end to attacks on soldiers near the Gaza border.

 4. Israel has the right to hunt down terrorists in the event of an attack or if it obtains information on an imminent attack.

 5. The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt will remain open, but the crossings on the Gaza-Israel border will remain closed.

 6. Egypt's politicians, headed by President Mohammed Morsi, will be the guarantors of any ceasefire agreement. Meaning, the agreement will be backed by Egypt's political echelon rather than by its security establishment.
 This list of demands has not been confirmed by any other source. 

Hamas' demands for a ceasefire include the lifting of the naval blockade of Gaza, international community guarantees for the cessation of targeted killings, an end to IDF cross-border raids and the cessation of attacks on fishermen off the coast.

It those are Israel's terms, what are the odds that Egypts political leadership will agree to them and 'guarantee' Hamas' behaviour?

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