Report: Israel, Hamas agree on 2-week truce

Discussion in 'Israel and Palestine' started by toomuchtime_, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. toomuchtime_
    Online

    toomuchtime_ Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,485
    Thanks Received:
    704
    Trophy Points:
    190
    Ratings:
    +1,940
    Palestinian sources told Ynet on Thursday evening that Israel and Hamas have agreed on all the general outlines of the Egyptian ceasefire initiative to end the fighting in Gaza.

    According to the report, the sides have agreed on the truce, on the supervision of the smuggling issue, on the crossings and on lifting of the blockade imposed on the Strip.

    According to the sources, the two sides are expected to agree on a ceasefire which will likely begin within 72 hours and last up to two weeks.

    During this period of time, the parties will discuss the Israel Defense Forces' withdrawal from Gaza and the withdrawal's timing. Palestinian sources estimated that the pullback into Israel would be swift.

    According to the sources, on the issue of the supervision mechanism it has been agreed that the international forces' presence would be on the Palestinian side of the Philadelphi route.

    On this issue the sides are expected to discuss the identity of the supervisors and the international force. Hamas is interested in Turkish forces, while Israel is expected to demand a reinforced Western presence.

    Simultaneously, Egypt will begin using the supervision equipment sent by the United States. This mechanism is aimed at reducing the smuggling of weapons through Hamas tunnels in the Rafah area to a minimum.

    Egyptian officers and supervisors who underwent training in Texas in the past few months will be in charge of operating the improved equipment, which is expected to begin functioning in the coming days.

    The operation of the crossings, particularly the Rafah crossings, will be based on an agreement from 2005 which includes the presence of European monitors, Israeli cameras and a force on behalf of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas will also be present at the crossings, but the location of its representatives has yet to be determined.

    Simultaneously, Israel is expected to demand that the Palestinian organizations stop manufacturing weapons inside the Gaza Strip.



    Fear: Dispute will lead to renewed fighting

    The question of how soon the crossings will open, as well as when the blockade will be lifted, depends on the response to the conditions expected to be raised by Israel – led by the Gilad Shalit issue.

    In addition, according to the Palestinian sources, Israel will demand that Hamas or the other Palestinian organizations will refrain from attempting to execute terror attacks in Israel from the West Bank in response to the Gaza operation.

    Ynet has learned that Israel demands that the number of people who will not be allowed to pass through the Rafah crossing will total 5,000. According to the sources, Egypt is extremely interested in reaching a deal, which will allow Cairo to open the crossing which has been used by elements in the Arab world to attack the country.

    According to estimates, the circumstances created on the ground at the start of the discussions will influence their outcomes. However, if agreements are not made on all issues, the military escalation may be resumed within a week or two.

    The inter-Palestinian dialogue is not expected to be discussed by Hamas and Egypt at this stage. The issue is expected to be postponed until an agreement is reached during the short ceasefire period.

    The sources said that the renewed lull will last at least a year, and is expected to last even longer. According to the sources, a "weakened" Hamas will agree to a longer lull in order to recover from the current conflict.

    If the agreement is executed, the agreement is expected to provide an answer to the Israeli demands in terms of the smuggling issue, the rocket fire and a serious discussion on the Shalit issue.

    Hamas will gain the reopening of the crossings, the removal of the blockade and an official role at the crossings. Abbas will receive renewed access to the Strip, only at the crossings at first, and Egypt will be able to open the Rafah crossing.

    Report: Israel, Hamas agree on 2-week truce - Israel News, Ynetnews
     
  2. Xenophon
    Offline

    Xenophon Gone and forgotten

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    16,705
    Thanks Received:
    3,750
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    In your head
    Ratings:
    +3,751
    I predict Hamas will violate the truce before it is an hour old.
     
  3. jillian
    Offline

    jillian Princess Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    69,551
    Thanks Received:
    13,012
    Trophy Points:
    2,220
    Location:
    The Other Side of Paradise
    Ratings:
    +22,427
    nah... they'll do what they always do... first they'll use the truce to regroup. Then they'll violate it.
     
  4. Sunni Man
    Offline

    Sunni Man Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    40,001
    Thanks Received:
    5,328
    Trophy Points:
    1,860
    Location:
    Patriotic American Muslim
    Ratings:
    +12,444
    Israel is wanting peace.

    Because the next step would be to enter into Gaza.

    Where they know they will take massive casualities in street to street fighting with the Hamas Freedom Fighters.
     
  5. FistyTheBadger
    Offline

    FistyTheBadger King of the Badgers

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Messages:
    1,178
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +88
    No they don't.
     
  6. pfife
    Offline

    pfife anti

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2009
    Messages:
    245
    Thanks Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    in the house
    Ratings:
    +16
    I agree - Israel doesn't want peace.
     
  7. FistyTheBadger
    Offline

    FistyTheBadger King of the Badgers

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Messages:
    1,178
    Thanks Received:
    88
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +88
    Fuck that. The Palis continued to launch ketushas into Israel after Israel gave them Gaza and completely pulled out from it. Israel wants nothing more than peace. The Palis want nothing more than destruction.
     
  8. dilloduck
    Offline

    dilloduck Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    53,240
    Thanks Received:
    5,552
    Trophy Points:
    1,850
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +6,403
    Silly little war rules that will be broken when the proxies are told it would be convenient for them to break them.
     
  9. toomuchtime_
    Online

    toomuchtime_ Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    5,485
    Thanks Received:
    704
    Trophy Points:
    190
    Ratings:
    +1,940
    I guess you haven't noticed that the IDF is already inside of Gaza City looking for all the Hamas "freedom fighters" they can find. The problem is most of the Hamas "freedom fighters" don't seem to want to do any fighting.

    You and Khaled Mashaal must be smoking the same stuff.

     
  10. Sunni Man
    Offline

    Sunni Man Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    40,001
    Thanks Received:
    5,328
    Trophy Points:
    1,860
    Location:
    Patriotic American Muslim
    Ratings:
    +12,444
    Israel may be winning on the ground. But they are losing in the media and world public opinion.

    And that's what really counts.

    Don't believe me?

    Just ask the N. Vietnamese. They never won a battle, but they won the war.
     

Share This Page