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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Negotiations for a truce and video: Former Middle East envoy George Mitchell on truce v. ground invasion

There are negotiations over a truce going on in Cairo and I will get to those in just a minute.

Here's an interview with former Obama special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell on whether we will have a truce or a ground invasion.

Let's go to the videotape.

There are negotiations in Cairo over a cease fire. Here's what Israel is demanding.
Some Hamas figures have declared that the ceasefire negotiations have failed, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cessation of rocket fire on Israel is a prerequisite for starting talks, but Palestinian sources who are familiar with Cairo's efforts to broker a truce said it was too soon to announce that the talks have collapsed.

According to reports in Cairo, these are the conditions for a ceasefire set forth by Israel:
  • 1. A lull for a period of more than 15 years.
  • 2. An immediate cessation of arms smuggling and the transfer of weapons to Gaza.
  • 3. Cessation of rocket fire on the part of all armed Palestinian factions and an end to attacks on soldiers near the Gaza border.
  • 4. Israel has the right to hunt down terrorists in the event of an attack or if it obtains information on an imminent attack.
  • 5. The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt will remain open, but the crossings on the Gaza-Israel border will remain closed.
  • 6. Egypt's politicians, headed by President Mohammed Morsi, will be the guarantors of any ceasefire agreement. Meaning, the agreement will be backed by Egypt's political echelon rather than by its security establishment.
This list of demands has not been confirmed by any other source.
Hamas' demands for a ceasefire include the lifting of the naval blockade of Gaza, international community guarantees for the cessation of targeted killings, an end to IDF cross-border raids and the cessation of attacks on fishermen off the coast.
According to Sha'ath, Israel has withdrawn a key demand that Hamas lay down its arms and make certain that the rocket fire on Israel is stopped entirely. The Palestinian official said the negotiations have entered a "very important" phase.
According to YNet, Israel has said that if there is no agreement on a truce in 48-72 hours, it will add a ground attack to the air and naval attacks and persist until Hamas is overthrown.

On the other hand, the fact that we are no longer demanding that Hamas lay down its arms strikes me as absurd. 

The one thing that's cute here is that under Islamic law, Hamas is forbidden to agree to a hudna (truce) for more than 10 years.


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At 4:11 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Complete nonsense. Hamas can't stop trying to kill Jews for 15 minutes let alone 15 years. And no one will ever enforce the least thing about this. Signing 'treaties' with Arabs is like calling your cell phone agreement a 'contract'. It's not a contract when one party can do whatever it likes and the other party is 100% captive to it.

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a word out of Mitchell about the Fajr missiles.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger P.R. said...

hmm. i have an idea. how about instead of doing the "truce" thing, israel just skips that and does the "persist until hamas is overthrown" thing. its just a much better idea.


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