Ceasefire in Israel/Palestine slaughter – but for how long and to whose advantage?

Israeli bombs have been pounding Gaza back into the Stone Age (again). The attacks were expected to continue right up to the moment the ceasefire begins – and This Writer expects them to resume as soon as Israel’s government can find an excuse – and any excuse will do.

Did you greet this announcement with joy?

If you did, why?

Let’s discuss the deal. Here‘s Sky News (although I think they got it from Reuters):

Israel and Hamas have agreed a ceasefire after 11 days of fighting that have left more than 200 dead – the vast majority of them Palestinians.

At least 230 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, according to Gaza health officials, while 12 in Israel have died.

The Israeli cabinet announcement said the Egypt-brokered ceasefire had been agreed unanimously and that the campaign had made “great achievements” – some of them “unprecedented”.

It also appeared to leave the door open for a resumption of fighting if the ceasefire is not honoured.

Hamas’s Osama Hamdan said the group had obtained guarantees from the mediators that the attacks on Gaza would stop.

It also claimed to have “obtained guarantees” over the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the issues largely blamed for starting the fighting.

Gaza has suffered heavy damage and TV pictures have captured the destruction of several high-rise towers which Israel said housed military targets.

The fierce aerial bombardment means Palestinians now have limited or no access to water, according to the UN and aid agencies.

Officials said electricity was down to around three to four hours per day, with 16,800 housing units damaged.

So Palestinian losses were 19 times those of Israel, whose “great achievements” also include denying Gaza access to water and limiting its electricity to less than four hours per day, rendering 16,800 homes unsafe, and destroying the region’s defence against Covid-19 (a fact that, curiously, wasn’t mentioned in the report).

And what are the guarantees about Sheikh Jarrah and the Al Aqsa Mosque really worth? It was the Israeli government’s refusal to stop turfing Palestinians out of their homes, and invasion of the third most holy place in Islam that started the conflict in the first place.

Note that fighting could resume if the ceasefire is not honoured. Considering the Israeli government’s failure to accede to reasonable Palestinian demands for an end to the forced removal of people from their homes, who do you think is most likely to betray its terms?

Here are a few more pertinent comments, from the social media:

Judging by its recent record, This Writer expects the Israel government to resume hostilities as soon as it is expedient to do so – coupled with an unverifiable claim that it was Palestinians who reneged on the ceasefire.

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