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Israel, Hamas Agree On Ceasefire



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Yesterday, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed to a ceasefire, after 11 days of bloody conflict that left hundreds dead. Specifically, the truce will hold off all military activity, but will likely not do anything to resolve the issues between the two parties. 

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Israel Agrees to Ceasefire

By Thursday afternoon, the Israeli cabinet confirmed their decision to agree to a ceasefire. In a statement, the Jewish state said they agreed to an unconditional cessation of hostilities. “The Security Cabinet convened tonight. The Political Security Cabinet unanimously accepted the recommendation of all security officials, the chief of staff, the head of the Shin Bet [internal security agency], the head of the Mossad [foreign intelligence], and the head of the National Security Council, to accept the Egyptian initiative for a bilateral unconditional ceasefire, which will take effect at a later date,” the statement read. 

“The chief of staff, the military echelon, and the head of the GSS reviewed before the ministers Israel’s great achievements in the campaign, some of which were unprecedented,” the statement added. “The political echelon emphasizes that the reality on the ground will determine the continuation of the campaign,” it added. 

Hamas Agrees To Ceasefire

Meanwhile, Hamas, the militant group controlling Gaza, also said yes to the ceasefire. In a statement to Fox News, Hamas confirmed its participation. “We were informed by our brothers in Egypt that an agreement had been reached for a mutual and simultaneous ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, starting at 2 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021,” the group said. 

Hamas also said that Palestinian resistance will abide by this agreement as long as the other side similarly remains committed to the ceasefire. Already, a Hamas official claims that the ceasefire meant a victory for Palestinians. He said that “The ceasefire announced by Israel amounts to a ‘victory’ for the Palestinian people and a defeat for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Cessation of Hostilities

The ceasefire is a much welcome development after 11 days of sporadic clashes between the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas. At least 12 Israelis and 230 Palestinians died in back and forth attacks. Additionally, hundreds of more people received wounds from the fighting. Media outlets believe that the current unrest is the latest and worst outbreak of violence in the area since 2014.

During the 11-day skirmishes, Hamas fired more than 4,000 rockets into Israel. However, most of the rockets ended up blown up by the Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system. Consequently, Israel launched airstrikes into Gaza, targeting military installations and taking out suspected Hamas leaders. 

International Pressure

The ceasefire is a result of numerous attempts from the United Nations and many countries.  In the US, President Joe Biden attempted to convince Israel to agree to a ceasefire. Initially, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the calls for de-escalation. After hearing hi cabinet, however, the prime minister agreed to the ceasefire brokered by Egypt. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres added his voice to calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. “If there is a hell on Earth, it is the lives of children in Gaza today. Even wars have rules. First and foremost, civilians must be protected,” he said during a meeting. 

Netanyahu’s Critics Slam Decision

Meanwhile, right-wing Israeli officials warned Natenyahu from agreeing to a truce. New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar is among those disappointed by the Prime Minister’s actions. “The cessation of Israeli military activity without imposing any restrictions preventing the arming and strengthening of Hamas and without the return of the soldiers and civilians held in Gaza will be a political failure, the price of which will be paid, with interest, in the future,” said Sa’ar. 

Another Netanyahu critic noted that a ceasefire “would seriously harm Israeli deterrence” against terrorist organizations like Hamas. Yisrael Beytenu chair Avigdor Liberman laid the blame squarely on Netanyahu. “The one who nurtured Hamas and enabled it to get to where it is today is Netanyahu,” he said.

Watch the AFP News Agency reporting on celebrations in Gaza as Israel, Hamas ceasefire comes into force:

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Do you agree with the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?  Will the ceasefire amount to greater peace, or is it just a lull before new fighting breaks out? Let us know what you think about Israel and Hamas. Leave your comments below.

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  • TA Barnes says:

    No! Hamas must be stopped! The people Hamas attempts to use or uses to shield them, must stop Hamas before Hamas strikes again! Israel has every right to defend itself from terrorist invasion and attacks, without interference from any country, including the United States!!

  • janet says:

    Israel, don’t turn your back for a minute – stay prepared, stay alert – they’re not to be trusted nor believed, to do so will keep you in great peril.

  • Monty says:

    Two sides are needed for peace! Hamas and PA are not those sides : can’t teach children to hate and ever expect peace.

  • Homer Sipsome says:

    Adding to Janet’s comment-and don’t trust the U.S. right now. Biden is a narcissistic fool, surrounded himself with a crew of vultures that have a hatred for America and Israel.

  • Huapakechi says:

    Wash, rinse, repeat. There won’t be a real truce until the terrorists of hamas are eliminated.

  • Anonymous says:

    With the death count 10 to 1, Hamas had no choice. Israel show monitor Hamas as they will seek additional help next time. Obviously their rocket plan didn’t work.

  • David says:

    For hownlong? And why multi million dollars in arms salesnto Israel for what? I guess so hiden gets the money funneled to him. A 1 week war that will happen many, many, many more times. Until the end of time! I guess it’s whst the US does best, kill brown people all around the world for money.

  • Hatman1793 says:

    A brief respite before Hamas & Palestinian terrorists break the already flimsy ceasefire is an opportunity.
    Time for the IDF to re-arm, time to plan their next moves, time to solidify new targets, …. The Hamas & Palestinian terrorists have probably fired the majority of their rockets, they want to re-arm too. Time for the IDF to block all their rearming attempts.
    When these infidels feel confident enough to break the ceasefire & begin again, time to finally crush them.

  • Mary says:

    Sorry David..i was in agreement with you in some things till your last sentence. Come on now!!!! True AMERICAN’s see no color.. talk to the real enemies.. Harris and Obama are pretty much running our country and they are brown .. they are trying to destroy anyone and everyone that is not in agreement with their true agenda and they don’t care what color you are!! Welcome to communist China!! Don’t get side tracked with racism like they want us to..lets focus on coming together in standing up for our country.

  • Petar says:

    No. Hama must be destroyed. They will not keep the peace and no pease will be reached,

  • John Miller says:

    Good try Mary, but David will never get past blaming Americans and whites for all of the problems that occur in the world. People of color have no responsibility for what happens to them, it is always the fault of someone else. Oh, and lets not forget, only white people are racist in this world. Everyone else are kind and loving people. David is obviously a race baiter.

  • roger says:

    I don’t think anybody should interfere with the 2 of them. let them go at it until one or the other is wiped out. then the trouble will be over.

  • Jayna Dinnyes says:

    The Bible says that the Jewish people are “the apple of Yahweh The Creator’s eye.” Woe to them that come against them and the nation of Israel. This DOES include the government of the United States and the Christian Vatican.
    I post more about this publicly on “Me We.”
    HalleluYah! Hebrew: “Praise ye Yah!”

  • johnny says:

    palestinians , hamas , black lives matter , antifa , their all terrorists and who knows maybe the swamp !

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