Egypt Deal Brings Joy to Gaza as Israel Agrees to Historic Truce

[The truce seems to be lasting. Let’s pray we’ll see more ceasefires in the near future. -LW]

From AlJazeera- August 27, 2014

Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire had gone into effect at 1600 GMT.

He hailed the agreement as a chance to “build a new nation and end the occupation”, before thanking Egypt, Qatar and the US for their roles in brokering the agreement made during indirect talks in Cairo.

The Reuters and AP news agencies quoted Israeli officials as saying that the Israeli government had accepted the deal. Israeli media reported the same.

Hamas’s exiled deputy leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, said the agreement was a “victory for the resistance”.

Crowds took to the bombed-out streets of Gaza to celebrate the end of hostilities. Many used the v-sign to signify Palestinian victory over Israel.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Gaza, said that the deal agreed an immediate easing of Israel’s blockade of crossings into Gaza, and a gradual lifting of restrictions on fishing off the coast of the strip.

“The embargo will be lifted and the five border posts will see considerable changes, with the Rafah border crossing opening,” he said in reference to the crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from West Jerusalem, said discussions on the creation of a seaport and airport will take place in a month “when indirect talks betwen Israel and Palestinians are scheduled to resume”.

She noted that local leaders had urged civilians not to return to their homes yet. Local officials also announced that schools will not begin on the first day of September.

Ofir Gendelman, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman on the Arab world, said operations in Gaza were a victory for Israel.

“Hamas gave in and accepted the same Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire it rejected until now. The reason for the change … air strikes,” he said.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told Al Jazeera that the bloodshed could have been “avoided” if Hamas had accepted the July 15 ceasefire agreement.

Several senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders made rare public appearances after the truce took hold.

Senior Islamic Jihad official Mohammed al-Hindi gave a victory speech to thousands gathered in a square in the Rimal area of Gaza City.

“We’re going to build our port and our airport, and if they attack the port, they attack the port,” Zahar said.

“But anyone who attacks the airport will have their airport attacked again.”

The deal
* A multilateral ceasefire.
* Israel to open more of its Gaza crossings, Egypt to open Rafah.
* The Palestinian Authority to take over Gaza’s borders.
* The PA to lead rebuilding efforts.
* Israel to reduce security buffer inside Gaza, from 300m to 100m.
* Israel to extend fishing limit off Gaza’s coast from three to six miles, with the possibility of extending it further.

“We’re going to build our port and our airport, and if they attack the port, they attack the port,” Zahar said.
“But anyone who attacks the airport will have their airport attacked again.”

Raids end
Israeli air raids continued in the run up to the ceasefire on Tuesday, as jets attacked two Gaza City high-rise buildings, collapsing one and severely damaging the other.

One attack levelled the 15-storey Basha tower and severely damaged a 13-storey building known as the Italian complex, which was home to 70 families and dozens of shops and offices.

Palestinian health officials said 20 people were wounded in the Italian complex attack.

In Israel, one civilian was killed and two others seriously wounded by a mortar round fired from Gaza hit a kibbutz in the Eshkol regional council area.

A total of 2,142 people, most of them civilians including more than 490 children, have been killed in Gaza since war broke out on July 8. A total of 69 people have been killed on the Israeli side, nearly all of them soldiers.


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10 thoughts on “Egypt Deal Brings Joy to Gaza as Israel Agrees to Historic Truce

  1. Laura Legere says:

    I have galactic intel that says these leaders had a little visit from our star family and it was put to them that they either stop and make peace now or they will be removed. Many anomalies have been happening to their military equipment and troops that the cabal leaders are aware of and have been denial about. After this visit and demonstration the peace agreement came about. 🙂

  2. casandra says:

    no good enough. Israel had to stop as the public opinion including its own people were shocked at their cruelty. The fact that Palestinian are going to build an airport and port it means NOTHING…as Israel will be always in charge ! they can destroy it any time they want to.
    Is like giving a child a toy which it can be taken at any time.
    Give the Palestinians more AID AND ARMAMENT so they can defend themselves….ho no …this is not going to happen… So for me there is no merit in their acceptance for a provisional peace treaty while Israel has the atomic bomb and an arsenal of arms and no good intentions towards its neighbors.

  3. RamonK says:

    Whoa!! Amen. The interview by Lisa Harrison with Max Igan was interesting. He was saying Social Media played a big part.

  4. vendo4151 says:

    Speaking for myself, I am going to ignore all those who will begin to try to poke holes in this soon. This it seems is the best news we’re had in some time, ….. that is of the sort that is actually verifiable. .. They are taking responsibility rather than blaming, ultimately, even though the politicos on both sides claim victory of course. …. Let them have their bravado, most are not fooled I think.

  5. Earl Harper says:

    I hope and pray that it’s permanent…

  6. Terrific News!

    Jesus, thank you for sending the miracle of Love to by brothers in Egypt, Israel, and Palestine; help them live free and easy.

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