Is truce between Israel and Palestine possible?

Is truce between Israel and Palestine possible?

Tel Aviv : Israel | Nov 18, 2012 at 3:11 AM PST
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Amid frantic efforts to end the five days of violence, a glimmer of hope seems to be on the cards in Middle East. According to a Palestinian official, a deal could be reached “today or tomorrow.”

The possibilities of a peace deal were also confirmed by Egyptian sources as well. According to reports, the Egyptian leadership is very much entrenched in communication with all parties and heading for a truce at the earliest.

In the words of an Egyptian official, as reported by Agence France-Presse: "We have reached important understandings but we still have a little way to go in order to complete the truce agreement in order to achieve security and stability and... ensure it doesn't happen again."

Reports mention that the series of meeting are being held in Cairo which involves Khaled Meshaal, the chief of Hamas politburo, and leaders from the Islamic Jihad.

Apparently, a unanimous decision has been reached to end the Israeli seize and attack on Gaza, in return for preventing any attacks on Israel. The negotiations for truce intensified after the direct involvement of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi between the two warring factions.

According to latest reports, more that 50 people have been killed and 450 wounded in Gaza due to Israel’s relentless bombardment. On the other hand, retaliatory attacks by militant armed groups in Gaza killed at least three people and injured 18 others.

Morsi, along with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodogan, mentioned in a press conference on Saturday that "there are indications of an imminent cessation of combat between Israel and the Palestinians."

On the other side Israeli sources confirmed the involvement of Morsi in Cairo to bring about a cease-fire but stressed upon the fact that a definite outline for the cease-fire is not yet visible. The statement is significant as it is still not clear whether a lull in attacks has bee achieved or not.

The Israeli objectives are different and the IDF has more goals to achieve in its operation against the Gaza militants. For now the IDF has plans to expand its operations against terror targets in Gaza, and their main goal seems to be end the onslaught of rocket fire on the south.

With the initiation of the Operation Pillar of Defense on Wednesday, the IDF hit 950 terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip, 300 of which were hit on Saturday. On the other hand, 760 rockets landed in Israel, 29 of which hit the urban areas. At least 267 rockets were intercepted.


The involvement of the Egyptian leadership and the efforts of the Arab League have brought in a light at the end of the tunnel of conflict involving the Hamas leadership and the Israeli Defense. But the relentless attack by Israel on Gaza brings in a sense of "deja vu all over again" of the worst kind.

Hamas rocket will likely kill a few civilians and manage to terrorize hundreds of civilians in the south of Israel. However, retaliatory attacks would achieve little beyond inviting a hardened Israeli carnage in Gaza. The scale of destruction in Gaza, of course, cannot be measured by statistics alone.

Death, destruction and hopelessness continues amid frantic efforts at yet another truce; then the whole process of blame and attacks will begin once again. Is there an end to this crisis? Is the world listening?

Perhaps there is a need to weed out the root cause behind all these madness. Almost every politically-aware leader has toyed with the idea of the two-state solution. And it is an obvious fact that Israelis will do nothing to make concessions for a two-state solution.

The disproportionate military reaction in the endless chain of violence that initiated from the times when the first West Bank settlement was established will only cause the cycle of violence to gyrate more vigorously.

The root cause of all this deadly and dehumanizing violence is one simple truth: All the manifestations of hatred between Israel and Palestine are the direct result of the inability to put the Oslo fiasco out of its misery.

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