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Israel-Gaza Cease-Fire Reached
After seven days of cross-border volleys between Israel and Gaza, international mediation efforts reportedly have gained a cessation of the violence, expected to take effect after nightfall.
Hamas will now claim victory over the Hated Zionists™...
Palestinian officials in Gaza told reporters that Egypt brokered the deal in negotiations in Cairo. CNN is reporting that Israel denied a truce has been reached and says the deal remains in negotiation.

Israel had put a planned ground operation in Gaza "on hold" as diplomatic efforts swelled Tuesday to halt cross-border aerial strikes between Israel and Hamas militants, now in their seventh day. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left Cambodia for Israel Tuesday, where she will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She will also meet with Palestinian leaders and Egyptian officials on the trip, which the White House says will focus on U.S. interest in a peaceful outcome to the conflict.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes described Clinton's possible impact on the negotiations. "It's not a matter of leverage, it's a matter of what is in everybody's best interests," he said. "It is not in the interests of the Palestinians and the people of Gaza for there to be an escalation of this conflict. That would bring with it a huge cost."
Posted by:Au Auric

#4  You cease fire, we'll keep shooting. (Gaza)
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2012-11-21 18:49  

#3  update

7:27 P.M. (local 12:27 ESAT)
Egyptian FM: Israel-Gaza cease-fire to take effect at 9 P.M.

7:22 P.M. Israel has agreed to a truce in the Gaza Strip, but will not lift its blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli sources said. (Reuters)

7:09 P.M. Clinton to announce at 8 P.M. that Israel and Hamas agreed on principals for a cease-fire agreement, an Israeli diplomatic source said, noting that there will be no signed agreement, but solely an understanding between the two sides based on the principal of "quiet in exchange for quiet." Only in the second stage, negotiations via Egypt will take place regarding issues in the Gaza Strip.
Posted by: lord garth   2012-11-21 12:32  

#2  no cease fire as of 700 EST (1400 local)

Hillary has been in the region for 24 hours now and her statements have been almost realistic

She called the firing of rockets from Gaza as terrorist acts; she approved IDF self defense several times; she called for an enduring end to rocket fire.

However, if she has a clue about the real nature of Islam, she hasn't let it out yet.
Posted by: lord garth   2012-11-21 07:10  

Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2012-11-21 00:27