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The AP Claims Israel Welcomes Ceasefire

From an ever hopeful Associated Press:

Israeli soldier watch as trucks with humanitarian aid drive ...

Israeli soldier watch as trucks with humanitarian aid drive towards the Kerem Shalom border crossing on the Israel side of the border with Gaza Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

Israel conditionally welcomes cease-fire proposal

By Ibrahim Barzak And Matti Friedman, Associated Press Writers

GAZA CITY, Gaza – Israel ordered a three-hour pause in its Gaza offensive Wednesday to allow food and fuel to reach besieged Palestinians, and said it welcomed a cease-fire proposal as long as Hamas halts rockets and weapons smuggling.

Hamas said any deal must include an opening of Gaza’s borders. But the proposal still could mark the first sign of a possible break in 12 days of deadly fighting.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in Paris that both Israel and the moderate Palestinian leadership in charge of the West Bank had accepted the truce proposal, but Israeli officials did not confirm that…

Israel said it would support the proposal only if it halts "hostile fire" from Hamas in Gaza and includes measures to prevent the militant group from rearming, said government spokesman Mark Regev…

Hamas said Israel does not seem to be serious about reaching a cease-fire."Israel is still widening and escalating its aggression and is not giving any positive signals in response to these efforts," Ghazi Hammad said…

Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said the 1 to 4 p.m. "recess in offensive operations" was aimed at allowing in supplies and fuel. He said similar lulls in the coming days would be considered.

Lerner said that even during the pause, "For every attack against the army, there will be a response." The scale of fighting appeared to drop after the lull took effect, gaining in scope again when it expired

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said the initiative he proposed with Sarkozy calls for an immediate cease-fire by Israel and Palestinian factions for a limited period to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and an urgent meeting of Israel and the Palestinian side on arrangements to prevent any repetition of military action and to deal with the causes.

International Mideast envoy Tony Blair said Tuesday the key to any cease-fire will be an arrangement to stop weapons smuggling over the Gaza-Egypt border.

Turkey will be tasked with putting together an international force in Gaza, according to a Mideastern diplomat familiar with the country’s efforts to end the conflict. He said the responsibilities of the force were yet to be determined. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, and Turkish officials would not immediately comment.

An Israeli lieutenant-colonel near the Gaza border in southern Israel said soldiers overwhelmingly opposed a truce. "We went in and we have to finish it off," said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because military regulations forbid him from speaking to the press.

Hamas remained defiant. "This aggression must cease. The blockade must be lifted. The crossings must be unconditionally open. The oppression of our people must end. After that, we can talk," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said. He said Wednesday’s lull was an Israeli "ruse." ..

Of course the Israelis realize more than anyone that “ceasefire” is just Arabic for “regroup and rearm.”

Just as “withdraw” has come to be Arabic for “historic victory.”

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “The AP Claims Israel Welcomes Ceasefire”

  1. Confucius says:

    Does anyone else think the cease-fire might be nothing more than a timeout to let PeBo become PBo? You know, to see who He eventually sides with?

    Anyone else notice how the cease-fire came around the same time PeBo answered “present” when asked about the conflict?

    I can’t for January 20.

  2. GuppyNblue says:

    I really hope Israel doesn’t buy this nonsense, especially under Hamas’ conditions. This is a stand or fall situation and compromising with Hamas just means eventual death. No matter what they do the propagandist media will portray them as the bad guy so they should just ignore them. What’s the alternative?

    Israel comes to the negotiating table and states their objectives and what they’re willing to give. They want peace and will give land. Hamas’ objectives are death to Israel and they will give nothing. That’s the reality of this situation.

    Obama hasn’t commented on the conflict with the excuse that there is only one president at a time. But that’s inconsistent with his recent past and I don’t buy it. Now if he agreed with the administration’s position, why would it be a problem to express that? I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt and believe it’s because he won’t support Israel in this conflict. If his administration is going to stand against Israel then all nations will be standing against Israel. Sound familiar?

  3. pdsand says:

    The typical liberal response being that “if they would just stop the fighting, the killing, then they could talk to each other long enough to figure out that they’re not so different and learn to live together”. I’ve never understood that point of view.
    I used to stage “give war a chance” counter-protests when I was in college back in 2003 during the build up to the Iraq war. Some folks didn’t take that too well, but honestly, what’s the problem? I’ve never understood why some people consider the cessation of the current round of hostilities to be a goal worth pursuing in and of itself. Carter and Clinton really hung their hats on that idea, that they really did something by getting them to stop fighting for the time being. Everybody knew to give it a week or two and they would be back at it, so why waste so much time and effort trying to get both sides to stop fighting for the moment?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Homes for Hamas…..ettu Carter?

    • proreason says:

      How does it go “What is war good for”?

      Well, other than abolishing slavery, defeating facism, defeating communism, freeing the iraqi people, protecting the South Koreans from communist agression, freeing Kuwait, and keeping the Israeli people free…………not much.

  4. Diane says:

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong. I thought Israel had said at the beginning of this whole thing that they’d stop when Hamas (a) quit firing rockets into Israel and (b) quit stockpiling weapons. So how is this new?

    Clearly, I must be stupid. I know you’ll all laugh, but those conditions sound perfectly reasonable to me.

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