Whether the new ceasefire is truly sustainable, only time will tell, but it is great to see images of happy people among the desolation in Gaza. The people of Gaza though will need time to rebuild and recover. The humanitarian need is great after such bloody violence, high death toll and destruction, but celebrations are underway.
Tuesday the NY Times reports:
Israel has once again accepted an Egyptian proposal for a complete cease-fire,” a senior Israeli official said on the condition of anonymity. “This cease-fire is unlimited in time.”Shouts of “God is great” rang out from mosque loudspeakers across Gaza City, as people fired gunshots into the air to celebrate.
That may be but there have been many losers in Gaza. Children whose family members have been obliterated; business destroyed; hospitals severely damaged; a nation on the brink of disaster.
A Hamas official reportedly claimed Tuesday "the deal calls for an "open-ended" ceasefire and an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow aid supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory" - The Independent. Israel has yet to comment but some media sources are reporting the deal offers little by way of change.
As always though, the leaders of both factions will try to spin the ceasefire deal into a win. Just like politicians after an election; a defeat or a win is in some ways immaterial as it will be spun to suit.
This Gaza Israel conflict has been perhaps the most deadly in a long-line of battles. Protesters in London, England, Northern Ireland, the USA, Spain and many other countries have taken to the streets to demand the killing stop.
Tuesday the people of Gaza take time to draw a breath, take stock and begin to live again - long may that situation continues.