Talks are taking place again today in Egypt as attempts are made to broker a deal between the country of Israel and the State of the Gaza strip. A ceasefire will be the main aim. One that can last will be the ideal but even one that offers breathing space will benefit the people of both regions.
The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, has arrived in Egypt in order to try and facilitate a ceasefire. Talks have already taken place between Egyptian officials and an Israeli envoy and the Hamas leader-in-exile, Khaled Mashaal. Further talks are planned between Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and the Arab League chief Nabil al Arabi. Both will carry some influence in Gaza.
Yesterday the death toll in Gaza reached 111 with 32 of the deaths happening in that one day, Monday. A bloody day. Both sides have launched what fire power they have at the other. Israel's Iron Dome protection intercepted some of those aimed at its lands. Overnight the bombarment has continued as Israel launched around 100 missiles at Gaza. As morning breaks Israel still has a huge military presence close to its border with Gaza.
Each side tells a different story about those killed. Israeli officals detail the bombing of tunnels which they claim are used to transport weapons and a bank where Hamas officials are paid. Representatives of the Palestinians contnue to show and detail a tragic loss of civilian life. "A father and his two sons - thought to be two and four - were killed overnight, Hamas health ministry officials said."
According to Israeli officials Hillary Clinton will be in that country tomorrow on an official visit to PM Benjamin Netanyahou.Will all of these high powered talks achieve an end to the bloodshed? We can only hope that the answer is yes.
PM Benjamin Netanyahou faces an election on Januiary 22, 2013. That could be a signifcant factor of why the conflict has erupted now. Hamas has launched rockets on Isreal over the year. An end to this is long overdue. The question now is how far will Israel go to stop these attacks.
Russia, the EU and the US have all voiced appeals for an end to the violence.