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AP Cheers: Cease-fire Takes Effect To End [Sic] Gaza War

From an oblivious to history Associated Press:

Cease-fire takes effect to end Gaza war

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV | August 5, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israel-Hamas cease-fire, meant to last three days, went into effect on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip, setting the stage for talks in Cairo aimed at reaching a broader deal on a sustainable truce and the rebuilding of the battered coastal territory.

What a crazy headline. There will be no end to the Gaza War as long as Hamas is in Gaza.

The temporary truce, agreed to by both sides, started at 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) and halted almost a month of fighting.

And it’s already last over eight hours. Which must be some kind of a record.

Israeli ground troops withdrew from the strip’s border areas, the shelling stopped and in Gaza City, where streets had been deserted during the war, traffic picked up and shops started opening doors.

If the calm holds, Egypt plans to start shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo to work out new arrangements for Gaza. The territory has been virtually cut off from the world since a violent Hamas takeover in 2007 prompted a closure of the territory’s borders by Egypt and Israel…

If you don’t count their elaborate highway system of tunnels.

Israel is reluctant to open Gaza’s borders unless the Islamic militants are disarmed…

Why can’t Israel embrace the concept of open borders like the US has?

The fighting has claimed nearly 1,900 Palestinian lives — most of them civilians. The war has also left 67 dead on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers…

So it’s obvious that Israel is at fault.

As part of the cease-fire, the Israeli military said it was withdrawing all ground troops from Gaza…

(Sigh.) Rinse and repeat.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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