We must really be winningcease fire.' That great friend of Israel (/sarc), Barack Hussein Obama, is also pressuring Prime Minister Netanyahu for a cease fire that will allow Hamas to live to fight another day. And the 'Palestinians' are disappointed that no one has called for a full withdrawal of Israeli forces. This is from the first link.
The UN Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Hamas to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable cease-fire.This is from the second link:
The statement expresses strong support for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance" in Gaza, where Israel's military offensive has entered its 21st day.
All 15 council members had agreed on the statement, diplomats said, and it would be formally adopted at a midnight meeting on Sunday.
The Security Council statement, drafted by Jordan, "urged all parties to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond" and "calls on parties to engage in efforts to achieve a durable and fully respected cease-fire, based on the Egyptian initiative."
The council commended the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who spent last week in the Middle East trying to help broker an end to the fighting.
An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel's assault on Hamas is a "clear strategic imperative" to Israel, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday.
'Clear strategic imperative'? What a load of crap.
Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire "that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority," the White House said, in a readout of the call to reporters.You mean the 'Palestinian Authority' that now includes Hamas? When are we going to deal with that? On the golf course?
For a permanent ceasefire to be agreed upon, Hamas is requiring an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, formed to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons to attack the Jewish state. Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel categorically rejects this condition, and indeed, Netanyahu's cabinet has unanimously voted against the measure as part of an end to the current crisis.And nearly all Israeli Jews agree with the government....
And finally from the third link:
Palestinian representative to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, expressed disappointment with the statement, saying it fell short of a formal resolution demanding that Israel withdraw its forces from the Gaza Strip.
"They should have adopted a resolution a long time ago to condemn this aggression and to call for this aggression to be stopped immediately," said Mansour following the meeting.
"We are disappointed in that sense," he said, adding that the Palestinians would continue pressing the Security Council to move toward a formal binding resolution.What could go wrong?