After almost 2 weeks of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas and many lives lost an agreement has been reached…..
Israel on Thursday announced a cease-fire in the bruising 11-day war against Hamas militants that caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and brought life in much of Israel to a standstill, per the AP. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the cease-fire after a late-night meeting of his Security Cabinet. The statement said the timing of the cease-fire was still being worked out. One member of the Security Cabinet said it would take effect at 2am, roughly three hours after the announcement. A Hamas official, meanwhile, said the declaration of a truce was a defeat for Netanyahu and “a victory to the Palestinian people.”
Ali Barakeh, a member of Hamas’ Arab and Islamic relations bureau, said the militants will remain on alert until they hear from mediators. Once Hamas hears from mediators, the group’s leadership will hold discussions and make an announcement, he said. Since fighting broke out on May 10, Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes that it says have targeted Hamas’ infrastructure, including a vast tunnel network. Hamas and other militant groups embedded in residential areas have fired over 4,000 rockets at Israeli cities, with hundreds falling short and most of the rest intercepted. At least 230 Palestinians have been killed, according to Gaza health officials, while 12 people in Israel have died.
It is good for both sides of the conflict that there is a ceasefire…..and now is the time for Biden to step up where most presidents have not and help find a permanent solution to this conflict.
Did Biden start the process?
Biden stepped to the White House microphone to praise everyone involved and to offer assurances that he’s been pursuing diplomatic solutions all along. He said he’s talked to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu six times during the 11-day clash, and also to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, NBC reports. All told, per NPR, the White House counts 80 conversations between Biden, his secretary of state and other American officials and their counterparts in the Middle East, as well as to other world leaders. Administration officials call Biden’s approach “quiet diplomacy.”
A good start to the Summer, peace……at least in Gaza…..but ‘quiet diplomacy’?
Is that not what the US has been doing for 50 years…..’quiet diplomacy’ equates to do nothing and leave status quo in place.
This will do nothing to calm the chaos that has been created in the Middle East.
The US needs to step up and stop bowing to the almighty dollar and do what they preach in front of the cameras.
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