Hamas official Ayman Taha told Reuters that “agreement for calm has been reached” between Israel and Gaza militants and that the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire would go into effect tonight.
There were obvious problems with the initial demands, and the agreement as reported wouldn’t really resolve them since it doesn’t refer to a long-term disarming of Hamas or an end to the Gaza blockade.
Without a way to implement a long-term calm, rockets and bombs will resume raining down on both sides once any watered-down truce is broken.
A source familiar with negotiations told Hala Gorani of CNN that one of Israel’s requests is for a 24-hour period of “calm” before agreeing to any deal.
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