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Israel-Hamas Ceasefire: Egypt Announces Peace Deal To Take Effect At 9 P.M.

Israel-Hamas Ceasefire: Egypt Announces Peace Deal To Take Effect At 9 P.M.
By SARAH EL DEEB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH 11/21/12 02:01 PM ET EST

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.
The deal was brokered by the new Islamist government of Egypt, solidifying its role as a leader in the quickly shifting Middle East after two days of intense shuttle diplomacy that saw U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton race to the region. Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role in maintaining the peace.
Standing next to Clinton, Egypt’s foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, announced the breakthrough and said the deal was set to take effect at 9 p.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT), capping days of intense efforts that drew the world’s top diplomats into the fray.
The agreement will “improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel,” Clinton said at the news conference in Cairo.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he agreed to the cease-fire after consulting with President Barack Obama.
Israel launched the fierce Israeli offensive in Gaza on Nov. 14 to stop months of intensifying rocket attacks, subjecting t. Even after the deal was announced, air raid sirens continued to wail in southern Israel.
In the last-minute burst of fire, Palestinian militants fired several bursts of rockets, Israeli authorities said. One rocket hit a house in the southern city of Beersheba, police said. No injuries were reported.
Israel launched well over 1,500 airstrikes and other attacks on targets in Gaza, while more than 1,000 rockets pounded Israel. In all, more than 140 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, were killed, while five Israelis died in the fighting.
According to a copy of the agreement obtained by The Associated Press, Israel and all Palestinian militant groups agreed to halt “all hostilities.” For the Palestinians, that means an end to Israeli airstrikes and assassinations of wanted militants. For Israel, it brings a halt to rocket fire and attempts at cross-border incursions from Gaza.
Hamas officials said details on the new border arrangements would have to be negotiated.After a 24-hour cooling off period, it calls for “opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement.”
Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza after Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, seized control of the territory five years ago. It has gradually eased the closure, but continues to restrict the movement of certain goods through Israeli-controlled crossings. Among the restrictions: a near-complete ban on exports, limited movement of people leaving the territory, and limits on construction materials that Israel says could be used for military use.
The deal was vague on what limits Israel would lift, and whether Gaza’s southern passenger terminal on the Egyptian border would be expanded to allow cargo to pass through as well. The deal was also unclear about a key Israeli demand for an end to arms smuggling into Gaza in tunnels underneath the border with Egypt.
Under the agreement, Egypt will play a key role. It said “Egypt shall receive assurances from each party” that they are committed to the deal.
“Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would break this understanding,” it adds. “In case of any observations, Egypt – as the sponsor of this understanding – shall be informed to follow up.”
The deal marked a key victory for Egypt’s new Islamist government, which is caught in a balancing act between its allegiance to Hamas and its need to maintain good relations with Israel and the U.S. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
The agreement came after Clinton shuttled across the region to help broker an end to the violence. She ended her meetings in Cairo, where Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi mediated between Israel and Hamas. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon also flew across the region as part of the diplomatic cease-fire push.
Hours before the the deal was announced, a bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv near Israel’s military headquarters that wounded 27 people and led to fears of a breakdown in the shuttle diplomacy Clinton and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon were conducting in the region.
The blast, which left the bus charred and its windows blown out, was the first bombing in Tel Aviv since 2006. It appeared aimed at sparking Israeli fears of a return to the violence of the Palestinian uprising last decade, which killed more than 1,000 Israelis in bombings and shooting attacks and left more than 5,000 Palestinians dead as well.
The blast was from a device placed inside the bus by a man who then got off, said Yitzhak Aharonovich, Israel’s minister of internal security,
While Hamas did not take responsibility for the attack, it praised the bombing.
“We consider it a natural response to the occupation crimes and the ongoing massacres against civilians in the Gaza Strip,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told The Associated Press.
Bassem Ezbidi, a West Bank political analyst, said it was unlikely Hamas itself was behind the attack, since it would not want to risk losing any of the international support it gained in recent days.
“If Hamas wants to target civilians it would do so by firing rockets, but not by buses because such attacks left a negative record in the minds of people. Hamas doesn’t need this now,” he said.
The bombing came as 10,000 Palestinians sought shelter in 12 U.N.-run schools, after Israel dropped leaflets urging residents to vacate their homes in some areas of Gaza to avoid being hit by airstrikes, said Adnan Abu Hassna, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency spokesman.
The influx of displaced people came a day after the head of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, warned that the agency urgently needed $12 million to continue distributing food to the neediest Gazans. The agency runs schools, shelters and food programs for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza.
Huge clouds of black smoke rose above the Gaza City skyline Wednesday as airstrikes pounded a sports stadium, used as a launch site for rocket attacks on Israel in the past, and a high-rise office building housing Hamas-affiliated media offices, but also Agence France-Presse.
AFP reporters said they evacuated their fourth-floor office Tuesday, after an initial strike targeted sixth-floor offices linked to Hamas and other smaller factions.
A 4-year-old boy was killed in the second attack on the high-rise Wednesday, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said. The boy, Abdel-Rahman Naim, was in his family apartment in the building when he was struck by shrapnel and died on the way to Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, al-Kidra said.
Washington blames Hamas rocket fire for the outbreak of violence and has backed Israel’s right to defend itself, but has cautioned that an Israeli ground invasion could send casualties soaring.
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Daraghmeh contributed to this report from Cairo.
http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Israel-Hamas-Ceasefire-Eg-in-General_News-121121-474.html


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Apply Fourth Geneva Convention, “General Protection of Populations Against Certain Consequences of War,” to Palestinians

http://wh.gov/XPhF

We petition the Obama administration to:
Apply Fourth Geneva Convention, “General Protection of Populations Against Certain Consequences of War,” to Palestinians

President Obama has the power to pressure Israel to stop Israeli bombings and “collective punishment” of 1.7 million residents of Gaza, Palestine. He has endorsed Israel’s military attacks in Gaza. International law mandates that the residents of Gaza be granted safe leave from the war zone in Gaza. The borders of besieged Gaza must be opened and an exit corridor must be established and protected for residents of Gaza.

The US and Israel are co-signatories of the Fourth Geneva Convention with 192 other nations and are legally bound to its guarantees established for populations in war zones.

As Gaza is besieged by Israel for over 6 years, the residents of Gaza are forced to remain in the confines of the Gaza Strip to sustain Israel military strikes, a gross violation of international law
Created: Nov 18, 2012

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Message from SaLuSa on the Middle East – 16 Nov 2012

I am reblogging this from facebook as my connection keeps dropping wordpress. Please check out Multidimensional Ocean in the blogs I follow on the lower right side of the page to see the original and lots of other good stuff;-)
Message from SaLuSa on the Middle East – 16 Nov 2012:

SaLuSa: “Dear crew members, we are soon approaching 2013. The year is fast coming to an end. With that in mind, the cabal is racing to make the boat rock before Planetary Ascension and to lower Earth’s energies vibrations in anger, revenge, fear, hate, and mass murders. The cabal will try everything to rock the boat and prevent Earth’s Ascension.
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What we see now developing in the Middle East is a result of their resolve to lower the loving and peace vibrations, which have been travelling fast around the globe for the past couple of weeks.
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You must not allow the flow of negativity into your heart, you must observe the situation, but please do not allow your selves to have your emotions pulled into taking sides into this conflict.
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Remember that Ascension requires for you to have the ability to distance yourself from dramas unfolding and to be impartial. There is much karma to be resolved between both parties of the newly started conflict.
The people of these zones are being used by the cabal and are being manipulated into hatred of the portrayed hereditary enemy.
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What has been behind the conflict in Jerusalem, is far beyond the imaginable and pre-dates any officially recorded historical episodes.
The conflict is likely to escalade and spill to other nations, who also have hidden interests in Jerusalem and particularly in the Dome.
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Do not allow yourselves to go into fear mode. Know that your power is immense and the power of love is even greater. Although the situation looks at its worse right now from so many perspectives, know that this a created and planned situation by the cabal to ensure the spread of negative vibrations on Earth’s surface.
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In order to overcome the challenges ahead, in the remaining few weeks, the Earth’s population will need to unite and awaken from the slumber it has carefully been engineered.
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The pain and suffering of those in the war zone should not leave you indifferent, by all means. We do encourage you to send loving thought, prayers, and help any practical way end the war in the Middle East. However ensure that you are not taking sides and are not judging those who are the mere puppets of the cabal.
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We send our love and light to you all as usual, and wish to assure you that you have a very important part to play in Mother Earth’s final Ascension Chapter, dear ones. This remains to be discovered by many of you yet.
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I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and assure you that we keep monitoring the situation on your planet, as well as dealing with much of the loss taking place right now. Our part to play, as Ascended Masters, is to serve the divine. Although we understand that the divine’s way is often difficult to understand at times like these for many of incarnated souls.
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Thank you
SaLuSa
Channel: Laura / Multidimensional Ocean.


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White House.Gov Petition for Palestine

Please sign this petition and post it everywhere, share it with everyone you can.
It is an absolute travesty that my President who I voted for and worked to elect would continue the grotesque and ridiculous “Negroponte Doctrine” of supporting and blocking criticism of Israel’s actions at the UN no matter WHAT they do.
Are we Israeli’s or Americans? Why should we OBEY a foreign government at all much less when they are committing obvious and obscene human rights violations?
There was apparently a peace accord being worked on behind the scenes between the Palestinian Hamas leader who was murdered the other day and some faction of the Israeli government.
It is sick that the faction in power is more invested in power than in PEACE for ALL citizens there, Israeli and Palestinian. The PEOPLE are suffering on both sides, and it is up to US in the USA to stop the support that allows the nutjobs in power there to keep the suffering going. Without Obama’s backing Netanyahu cannot keep this up.
PLEASE sign this and share it widely!

http://wh.gov/XBvd

we petition the obama administration to:
Demand Israel end its attacks on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian territories
Israel is attack Gaza and killing innocent people everyday. This needs to end now. America we cannot stand for this!

Created: Nov 15, 2012

Signatures needed by December 15, 2012 to reach goal of 25,000
24,410
Total signatures on this petition
590
http://wh.gov/XBvd