Gaza Daily, August 27: Gazans Celebrate Truce — But What Has Been Resolved?


Israel and Palestine have agreed a truce to end the Gaza War, after 50 days and more than 2,200 deaths.

The two sides accepted the Egyptian-brokered proposal on Tuesday evening.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank went onto the streets to celebrate the end of fighting, as Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas hailed the chance to “build a new nation and end the occupation”. Reaction in Israel was much more muted, with some criticism of the Netanyahu Government after it had promised to break the Gazan leadership of Hamas during the conflict.

Despite the celebrations in Gaza, Tuesday’s agreement appears to have resolved few of the long-term issues that contributed to the war. The agreement eases the 8-year Israeli blockade on Gaza, allowing in aid, medical supplies, and reconstruction materials through the two main crossings.

However, the agreement does not provide for a long-term removal of the blockade by both Israel and Egypt. A key Israeli demand — that any general movement of goods be supervised by West Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority, excluding Hamas — is not addressed.

Nor does the truce resolve Israel’s condition that any lifting of the blockade be linked to the full “demilitarization” — effectively stripping Gazan military units and security forces of all weapons — of the territory.

Restrictions on Gaza’s fishermen will be relaxed, with an immediate extension of the fishing zone to six nautical miles from the coast and the prospect of extension to 12 miles.

However, Hamas’ condition for a seaport and airport is deferred to further talks, as is the demand for the release of detainees from Israeli prisons.

At least 12 Gazans were killed in Israeli attacks just before the ceasefire, and two Israelis were killed near Eshkol by a Gazan mortar.

Gazan medical staff put the local death toll at 2,142 since the war began on July 8. Israel lost 64 troops in a ground invasion, while five civilians and a Thai worker were killed by cross-border attacks.

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  1. Hamas got nothing of significance so far. Rewarding Islamists can be a dangerous precedent. HA got nothing for the 2006 war, but a devastation of it’s entire Dahye neighborhood. That is the reason for the 8 years of absolute silence on the Leb-Isr border. HA is very careful now. Hamas will be very careful in the future.

    Muhammad PBUH was a very talented military strategist. If Gaza followed Muhammad’s advise, they wouldn’t have suffered the way they did. Hamas ignored two basic Muhamadian principals. (1) “Allah is with the patient”. (2) Never go to war with a party stronger than you. Make temporary agreements with your enemies until you grow stronger, and go to war only when you’re sure you can defeat them.

    Hamas has no patience. Hamas wants to “liberate Jerusalem” here and now.

    • The difference between Hamas/Gaza and Lebanon is that Lebanon is no longer occupied so there is no direct need for hostilities towards Israel. Gaza on the other hand is an open air prison with inhuman living conditions. That is why the North is nice an quite while in Gaza there are new hostilities every few years followed by a new Israeli massacre with no real success other than prolonging the occupation of Palestinian land.

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