Israel and Hamas have agreed to a cease fire which will go into effect tomorrow. The cease fire agreement came about due to efforts of Egypt to serve in a mediating role between the combatants. According to terms of the agreement, all hostilities will cease as of Thursday and the cease fire will remain in effect for an initial six months. A Hamas spokesperson said: “Hamas accepted the truce offer proposed by Egypt which stipulates a reciprocal halt to all military operations.” President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority expressed his support of the agreement which he hopes will accelerate peace discussions between Israel and his government. Hamas leaders said they would seek meetings with Abbas and representatives of the European Union in order to get the Rafah border crossing open.
Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he was cautious and would watch to see if the cease fire is carried out. The White House declined to comment on an agreement between Israel and Hamas, a group which is on the American terrorist list.
The cease fire proves agreements can be made with “terrorist” groups and the road to peace is involving all concerned parties. Israel is also using the good offices of Turkey to negotiate with Syria, another nation on the terror list. Who knows, maybe America will make an attempt at serious negotiations with the other terror nation, Iran.