Maybe Prime Minister Netanyahu is finding his junk. Or maybe he's notsticking to his guns and has convinced his 'inner cabinet' to back him.
Israel’s diplomatic and security cabinet met on Wednesday to discuss the latest cease-fire initiatives with Hamas, as international leaders continued to press for an end to the hostilities in Gaza.Indeed. But the question is whether we will make them bleed to stop our bleeding, or whether we'll give up and just put on a band-aid.
The meeting came to an end with no apparent conclusion on the cease-fire arrangement.
The London-based Al Hayat newspaper, citing Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said Israel wanted a 90-day period to determine "good intentions" of the movement before discussing Gazan demands.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Clinton he wanted a "long-term" solution. Failing that, Netanyahu made clear, that he stood ready to step up the military campaign to silence Hamas' rockets.
"A band-aid solution will only cause another round of violence," said Ofir Gendelman, a Netanyahu spokesman.
And a short while later, a different answer comes in.
Egyptian television says a news conference is expected in a short time on Wednesday following talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Gaza truce.
According to a Palestinian official with knowledge fo talks, a ceasefire arrangement between Hamas and Israel has been agreed.
This is starting to remind me of the summer of 1982 in Lebanon. For those too young to remember, the IDF spent what seemed like weeks sitting in the hills overlooking Beirut, ready to invade, while the 'international community' negotiated a deal for Yasser Arafat to leave. The result was that Arafat lived to fight another day and eventually return as part of the Oslo Accords.
A deal for Hamas to leave Gaza? I'm afraid we're way past that stage. We may do something worse instead.
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