After a deadly 8-day conflict the fighting between Israel and Gaza is over, at least for now. Israel pounded Gaza throughout the day. The death toll in Gaza is now at least 157. Israel authorities continue to maintain that they targeted Hamas officials and their buildings. Whether they did or did not Palestinian civilians were killed.
Hillary Clinton acted as peacemaker today as leaders in Israel and Palestine continued to appear militant. Diplomats were working hard attempting to broker a deal which would allow a ceasefire to work. Until the final minutes Israel was pounding Gaza with rockets and Gaza was launching missiles. A bus explosion in Tel Aviv today was a reminder of the past. It was six years since the last such attack and a sign of things which could follow.
The ceasefire came into place November 21, 2012. The BBC reported that:
Under the deal, Israel has agreed to end all hostilities and targeted killings, while Hamas will stop attacks against Israel and along the border. Both sides continued to fire on each other as the 21:00 (19:00 GMT) ceasefire deadline approached, but no major breaches have been reported.
Both sides, that is Israel and Gaza, have claimed victory. On the streets of Gaza celebratory gunfire has been heard. After numerous ceasefires can this one hold? That will be down to the people on both sides. They will need to have the will to make it work. The latest ceasfire has strings attached that may give it a chance of survival.
Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, said "Israel wanted Hamas not to rearm, and not to fire over the border. Hamas wanted Israel to stop assassinations and to stop the blockade of Gaza" Time will tell if either side can play ball.
You can read the full ceasefire agreement here at the Telegraph