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For Real: Israel and Palestinians ceasefire

Ceasefire in Gaza
Ceasefire in Gaza

Mary Casey reports for Foreign Policy that “Israel and Palestinians” support a long term ceasefire with Israel. There is a not so subtle change in the wording here. It does not say that Israel and Hamas agree, substitute “Palestinians.”

The Egyptian government proved to be most valuable in brokering the deal. That may add credence to the viability of the new Egyptian government.

The big leap from Gaza and Hamas to a deal with Palestinians is nontrivial and this story doesn’t shed much light on that aspect.

In a different account by Long Island News, the emphasis is on Egypt as the broker. In addition, the deal is described as being between Israel and Hamas. Presumably, the ceasefire will result in two things:

  1. Hamas will disarm
  2. Israel will lift the blockade

These things must happen in that order.

Questions remain about which umbrella Gaza people belong:

  1. Hamas
  2. Fatah
  3. Palestinians
  4. Israel's neighbors

Long Island News reported that Representative Peter King had to duck for cover when a Hamas rocket was intercepted by the Iron dome. How is that not a breach of the ceasefire?

“Rep. Peter King, who is currently in Israel, told News 12 Long Island by phone Tuesday that he was touring a damaged home in the town of Ashkelon when he heard warning sirens go off. He was able to see Israel's famous Iron Dome defense system intercept a rocket fired by Hamas in Gaza.”

While the Egyptians are stepping up in this situation, Senator John McCain didn’t help matters by saying that the U.S. has no credibility in Egypt. This is a good example of how Senators can get crosswise on foreign policy by not being coordinated with the State Department and the White House.

“McCain: U.S. has ‘no credibility’ in Egypt
Posted by CNN's Ashley Killough

(CNN) – It’s high time for the United States to cut off its $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt as the military regime cracks down violently on protesters, Sen. John McCain argued Sunday.

The Arizona Republican added the U.S. has lost its credibility in the region after failing to follow its own law that requires suspending aid to states overtaken by a military coup–though the U.S. has not officially described the recent regime change in Egypt as a coup.

"We have no credibility. We do have influence, but when you don't use that influence, then you do not have that influence,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.””

“Egypt brokers cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas
Published: August 26, 2014 6:04 PM

The cease- fire includes an agreement by Israelis to ease its blockade of Gaza. (8/26/14)

WOODBURY - A cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt has been struck between Israel and Hamas.
The deal puts an end to a 7-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians. The cease-fire includes an agreement by Israelis to ease its blockade of Gaza and allow relief supplies and construction materials into the area.

Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift their blockades throughout the conflict, saying they prevent economic growth in the region. Israel, meanwhile, has demanded that the militant group disarm.”

Israel and Palestinians Agree to Long-Term Cease-Fire
AUGUST 27, 2014

An indefinite cease-fire went into effect Tuesday evening between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The truce held Wednesday after seven weeks of fighting that killed an estimated 2,139 Palestinians, mostly civilians, as well as 64 Israeli soldiers and six civilians. The Egyptian brokered deal calls for a cessation of hostilities as well as the easing of restrictions on Gaza's border crossings and fishing zones. Israeli and Palestinian delegates will hold further indirect talks in a month in Cairo on more contentious issues, such as the construction of a seaport and airport in Gaza and the release of prisoners as well as Israel's demand for the demilitarization of Gaza.”

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