In breaking news, a long-term truce has been agreed to by both Israel and Gaza alike, bringing what many claim sounds like a real end (for the time being) to the War against Gaza. The truce has been agreed upon by Israel, as well as Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, who leads the Fatah party from the West Bank.
The ceasefire was announced by Egypt and went into effect at 16:00 GMT.
“We have responded to the Egyptian proposal for a complete and comprehensive cease-fire, which starts at 19:00 Cairo time,” Fatah President, Mahmoud Abbas, said. “There will be a complete stop in fighting.”
Comments from Hamas as of yet are unclear, however, the truce comes as Israel conceded to all of the demands being made by Hamas.
Israeli official confirmed to Reuters that Israel had in fact accepted the Egyptian proposal, which includes the ten Hamas demands, for a “for a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire” Gaza ceasefire.
“Israel accepted already the Egyptian proposal on July 15. Israel has always supported an unconditional, open-ended ceasefire,” the official told Reuters.
A Palestinian official also told the AFP that all parties “agreed a permanent cease-fire, a [deal to] end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza’s demands and needs will be met.”
In spite of all of this, however, shortly after the ceasefire was scheduled to take effect, sirens went off in southern Israel. No rocket attacks were reported, however, the sirens indicated they had in fact been lanuched. So it remains to be seen whether this agreement will in fact last.
About the author: M.B. David is the author of several scholarly works on Middle Eastern politics, history and religion, such as People of the Book: What the Religions Named in the Qur’an Can Tell Us About the Earliest Understanding of “Islam” as well as the recently published Sci-Fi novel Sleeper Cell 2240: Memoires of the 21st Century Interplanetary Revolution. He is currently working on his doctorate, writing a dissertation focused on the non-profit Hashlamah Project Foundation and associated global study circles.