Israel Declares Cease Fire

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They say that they’ve achieved their goals, but with nearly 1,200 Palestinians dead and the cease fire not actually involving Hamas, I can’t help but think that this is a tenuous peace at best.

From BBC:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel had achieved its goals and Hamas – which has been firing rockets at Israel – had been defeated.

But he said troops would remain in Gaza for now. Hamas said it would not accept one Israeli soldier in Gaza. […]

The US has welcomed the ceasefire, saying it “expects that all parties will cease attacks and hostile actions immediately”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed relief, saying the ceasefire should be “the first step leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza”.

All told, 13 Israelis have died in Hamas’ rockets attacks during the same time period. This is obviously great news, but does anybody think that this will make the Palestinians in Gaza less sympathetic to Hamas? Because that seems to me to be the most important part of this. They voted Hamas into power and while I understand that Israel was trying to show them that Hamas can’t protect them, it’s highly doubtful that this will sway any opinions.

More as it develops…