Gershon Baskin, Israeli Activist, Explains Truce Plan Given To Ahmed Jabari Before Gaza War

11/18/2012 01:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 22, 2013

Gershon Baskin is the founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, an NGO and think tank established in 1988 to pursue a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gershon Baskin’s efforts as a negotiator led to the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas in Gaza from 2006 to 2011. Through this work, Baskin came into mediated contact with Ahmed Jabari, commander of Hamas’s military wing. According to Baskin, Jabari had just been presented with the draft of a long-term cease-fire proposal, another effort of Baskin’s, when Israel assassinated Jabari on Nov. 14. The Israeli government was aware of Baskin's attempts, he says, but "decided not to take that path."

The targeted killing and accompanying bombings broke off an informal truce, mediated by Egypt, that had seemed to signal an end to escalation. Baskin wrote in The Daily Beast: “Jaabari is dead, and so is the chance for a mutually beneficial long term cease-fire understanding.”

I spoke with Baskin by telephone. We began by discussing the start of the latest flare-up of violence. He mentioned an attack on Nov. 8, in which militants blew up a tunnel, dug from Gaza into Israel. Three IDF soldiers had also been wounded by a bombing near the border on Nov. 6. In that same area, an IDF company commander had lost his left hand in an explosion the previous month. Baskin did not mention the death of 13 year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa, who was fatally wounded when the IDF exchanged fire with the Popular Resistance Committees during an incursion into southeast Gaza on Nov. 8. Later that day, the tunnel detonation occurred, and Hamas cited Abu Daqqa’s death as the reason for it. Rocket fire from Gaza followed on Nov. 9, and an anti-tank missile struck an IDF jeep on Nov. 10, wounding four soldiers; the Israeli response killed four Palestinian civilians and wounded 25 others. More rockets ensued.

This last round of hostilities was different from most of the previous rounds, Baskin said, which began with Israeli strikes said to be launched to remove immediate threats. Baskin explained how this might be addressed:

Baskin: "Israel has usually taken pre-emptive actions against terrorist groups that, according to their intelligence, were planning attacks against Israel. Hamas says, 'It’s bullshit, it’s Israel’s imagination, and anyway resistance is legitimate because we’re occupied.' Israel says, “You get quiet for quiet. If Hamas does not take responsibility, as the governing body in Gaza, for making sure that there’s security for the people of Gaza, then Israel will act. If that means taking pre-emptive action, we do it.'"

"The cease-fire proposal I’ve been working on the past year was meant to address this very issue. The issue was not how to keep a cease-fire going, but how to prevent the next round of violence from starting. If it’s true what Hamas is claiming all the time, that they don’t want escalation, that they in fact now want to keep a cease-fire, then the only way of really validating that statement was by giving them a test. And this was the basic idea."

"If Israel has information about a cell planning or ready to attack, rather than taking pre-emptive action and killing those people, Israel would give the intelligence to the Egyptians, the Egyptians would give it to Hamas, and Hamas would have 24 or 48 hours to deal with it. And if they don’t take action, then Israel would have enough time to do their pre-emptive strike. But maybe if Hamas acted to prevent the attack against Israel, by whatever means — kill the people, arrest the people, convince them not to carry out the action — we would avoid the next round. And Hamas was telling me all along that they were ready to do it."

"You can say Baskin’s a naïve idiot, and maybe I am, but what I was saying is, I don’t believe Hamas: The only way to validate and verify what they’re saying is to test them. Not their words, their words don’t mean anything. I’ve always said that we don’t have to listen to what they say, we have to watch what they do. They are always going to speak their rhetoric against Israel, to say the things that are written in their covenant. What’s more important is the way they behave — if they’re controlling violence, maintaining a cease-fire, if they’re willing to prevent attacks against Israel. What matters to me is if they are willing to live in some sort of peaceful way alongside us — not if we can negotiate a treaty with them, we probably can’t. But we need to have some kind of modus vivendi where we’re not killing them and they’re not killing us."

Interviewer: "Russia Today posted an interview with you under the headline 'Long-term peace was within reach before Israeli attack.' That seems misleading."

Baskin: "No, that’s not what I said at all. I say very clearly, peace was not on the agenda. Hamas does not talk about peace. And Israel, quite frankly, is not prepared to make peace with Hamas either. We’re talking about a cease-fire and not more than that. When I did this Russia Today interview, I was listening to the reports that were on before I spoke, and I felt like getting up and leaving, because their reportage was so filled with lies. Even me as a leftist Israeli had trouble sitting there listening to their crap."

Interviewer: An essay in the American conservative journal Commentary claims 'the entire premise of Baskin’s ongoing efforts to try and broker agreements with Hamas serves the interests of the terrorist group, not that of Israel or of peace,' and that 'the status quo' you were 'helping Hamas preserve was an invitation to more terrorism, not a pathway to peace.'"

Baskin: "That’s very nice to say, from them writing in New York or Boston or wherever they are. I have a kid in the army and another one going into the army next year, and I lived through the Second Intifada in Jerusalem, with buses blowing up all over the place. I have seen friends and relatives killed. My wife’s first cousin was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 2005. And if we can have a year of quiet, where no one in Israel is getting killed and no one in Gaza is getting killed, then I’ll take that over anything else that they propose. They don’t have to lecture me on these moral issues."

"And I’m not working alone. Gershon Baskin doesn’t negotiate on behalf of Israel, there is a government, there are responsible people. All I can do is offer them options, and the Israeli government can only thank me. When I offered them in the past to negotiate the release of Gilad Shalit, it took them five years to answer me, and when they did, it was a matter of months before Shalit was home. It was a government decision, it was a decision of Netanyahu."

Interviewer: "On Democracy Now!, you described Jabari as a deeply religious Muslim devoted to the Hamas ideology, which includes a desire for the destruction of Israel — a man who viewed truces as time to rearm. Are these views held by the entire Hamas leadership? According to Haaretz, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has said that his government would accept a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders."

Baskin: Haniyeh is definitely in the camp that was developing in Hamas of a more pragmatic approach. I don’t use the word moderate, but I do use the word pragmatic. Haniyeh, Khaled Mashal, Mousa Abu Marzook, Razi Hamad, Ahmad Yusif and Jabari were all beginning to take more pragmatic approaches toward life in general, toward their rule, toward looking at other options. I don’t believe that any of these people, in their hearts, in their minds, in their prayers dropped the dream of eliminating Israel. They say that at the same time they demand the full right of return of all refugees, meaning that Israel would not be Israel.

"The words aren’t important to me at this point. What is important is that they are pragmatic. By not keeping a cease-fire, they’re being counterproductive to themselves, they’re hurting their own people. The point they made to me was that in every round of rocket fire, they would end up with 20 to 25 dead Palestinians in Gaza, and they wouldn’t kill any Israelis. What was the point of a strategy that made them the enemies of the world and didn’t bring any results to their people? "

Interviewer: "Mohammed Omer has said that Jabari, who was very careful about his personal safety, would not have been moving in Gaza City had there not been an informal truce. Is it possible that the decision to kill Jabari had already been made when the cease-fire began, that there was a kind of trap?"

Baskin: "The decision on targeted killing is made as close to the time of the operation as possible. The military option of doing this was probably on the desks of the prime minister and the defense minister for days, but the final decision was probably made at the very last minute. Maybe the option of killing him was there on Monday, when the cease-fire went into effect, maybe it wasn’t, I don’t know."

Interviewer: You’ve spoken of a key person in the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, someone who “is probably responsible for saving more lives in Israel and Gaza than anyone else in this region.”

Baskin: "Egyptian intelligence has been the main link between Israel and Egypt certainly since the fall of Mubarak, and with the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood even more so than before. The Muslim Brotherhood and their leader, Mohammad Morsi, have said they don’t want to have direct contact with Israel, but Egyptian General Intelligence has maintained contact."

"Any time there’s a flare-up they have stepped in, trying to negotiate a cease-fire. They are serving the interest of Egypt and the interest of all of us. I know these intelligence officers have a lot of respect for Israel, that there’s a very good relationship."

"Part of the problem with killing Jabari is that there are some people in Hamas who believe that Egyptian intelligence assisted in the killing. I’m not sure that the Israeli side considered well enough the fall out, both with regard to the status of Egyptian intelligence and in total the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. It could jeopardize the peace treaty and we’ve seen it, Morsi said it, they withdrew the ambassador and there could be other consequences if the military operation deepens and there are more casualties in Gaza. It’s going to be very difficult for the Egypt of 2012, where the voice of the people is hard in the squares of the city, for the Muslim Brotherhood to let this go on."

"Egypt was cooperating with Israel recently, in the past months, in taking control of Sinai, which was a huge weapons smuggling area, weapons from Libya coming from Sudan, and Al Qaeda groups and other jihadi groups have taken over a lot of that kind of trade. They infiltrated the Bedouins in Sinai and there was definitely a Salafi jihadi presence there. We have the incident where 16 Egyptian army officers were killed from within Sinai by an Al Qaeda cell. And one of the big worries of Israel over these last months is that if there’s an attack on Israel from Sinai, Israel doesn’t have the same freedom to just go into Egypt as they do in Gaza. That could end up leading to the withdrawal of the peace treaty. And there are forces in Egypt which would be very happy for that peace treaty to be ended. If there are terrorist attacks that take place from Sinai, Israel is in a very difficult position."

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.

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\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

For the first time in a over week the streets of #Gaza are busy at night with traffic and people.... and an awful lots of guns

\"bencnn\"

@ bencnn :

Amazing how quickly Gaza City has re-emerged. Cars, people, can hear horns, whistles and cheers.

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Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

D. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2: Implementation mechanisms:

A. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

B. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

C. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up. (Reporting by Marwa Awad; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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The Guardian's Chris McGreal reports from Gaza:

Within minutes of the ceasefire kicking in, gunmen emerged on the streets of Gaza City to celebrate with long bursts of gunfire, cheering and chanting of victory slogans. Despite a warning from Hamas controlled TV and radio not to go out on the streets until it is clear the ceasefire was holding, young men who had not dared venture on to the streets with their weapons in recent days once again emerged waving their guns. Some people fired fireworks from rooftops. Others drove through the city with their hands on their horns.

Read more here.

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BBC News reports that celebratory gunfire has been reported in Gaza City following the ceasefire agreement coming into place

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BBC News reports that celebratory gunfire has been reported in Gaza City following the ceasefire agreement coming into place
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\"erinmcunningham\"

@ erinmcunningham :

I'm in #Gaza City, and haven't heard a strike in 7-8ish minutes.

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\"MarquardtA\"

@ MarquardtA :

At 20:59, four rockets launched toward Beer Sheva.

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Mark Perry, a reporter with who focuses on the Middle East, tweets that a U.S. official has told him that Israel understand that the cease-fire might not hold up perfectly from the Gaza side. After all, Hamas is not the only group with rockets in the Gaza Strip, and it cannot guarantee that another militant faction will not try to disrupt the cease-fire with an attack. Instead, Perry writes, Israel is simply looking for signs of Hamas \"good faith\" in meeting the deal.

\"markperrydc\"

@ markperrydc :

US gov't official: #Israel understands that implementation of #ceasefire \"might take some time\" -- #Hamas must show \"good faith\"

-- Joshua Hersh

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\"DerekStoffelCBC\"

@ DerekStoffelCBC :

I just came back from main hospital in #Gaza. Ambulance arrived minutes before ceasefire supposed to start. Two injured in Israeli airstrike

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\"olanan\"

@ olanan :

People in Gaza will use hashtag #ceasefireViolation to record any israeli explosion after 9:00 pm. Record explosion time & ur city. RT

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\"sharifkouddous\"

@ sharifkouddous :

With less than mintes to the implementation of the ceasefire the Israeli bombardment of Gaza City continues

\"bencnn\"

@ bencnn :

Another one slams into #Gaza city while PM Netanyahu speaks

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\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

As Netanyahu explains the ceasefire deal on israeli TV, iIDF rounds are still landing here in #Gaza

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\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

Live video: Israeli PM Netanyahu makes statement http://t.co/vyx1DHrV

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The cease-fire deal between Israel and Gaza appears to be a major diplomatic coup for the U.S. and for Egypt, Joshua Hersh writes for HuffPost.

For the U.S., the resolution, at least temporarily, of the conflict marks a signature achievement in the early moments of President Barack Obama's second term.

After appearing for several days to remain aloof from the crisis, pausing amid a tour of Asian nations only to offer words of support for Israel and its \"right to defend itself,\" Obama ended up devoting substantial time to numerous phone calls with both Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama later dispatched Clinton to the region, where she met with officials in Israel late Tuesday night before traveling to the West Bank and Cairo on Wednesday. Clinton had been traveling with Obama on the Asia tour, thought to be one of her last major foreign trips as secretary of state.

American officials consistently said they were seeking a \"de-escalation\" of the crisis, but in a briefing on Obama's final call with Netanyahu, they noted that Obama had \"recommended\" that Netanyahu accept the Egyptian proposal. The briefing offered the first open indication that the president had put pressure on his Israeli counterpart to accept a cease-fire.

Read the full story here.

-- Joshua Hersh

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This is reportedly a copy of the truce deal between Gaza and Israel, sent to the BBC.

\"JonDonnison\"

@ JonDonnison :

Copy of deal sent to bbc. #Gaza http://t.co/DpXzdbA9

If correct, the truce agreements stipulate:

1. Understanding Regarding Ceasefire In Gaza Strip

a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border.

c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

d. Other matters as maybe requested shall be addressed.

2. Implementation Mechanisms

a. Setting up of the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into effect.

b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any act that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt -- as the sponsor of this understand -- shall be informed to follow up.

-- Eline Gordts

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This is reportedly a copy of the truce deal between Gaza and Israel, sent to the BBC.

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\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

LIVE BLOG: Rocket fired from #Gaza hits home in Ashdod http://t.co/pVJbeVE1

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U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday for his efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to President Morsi today. The President thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal. President Morsi expressed appreciation for President Obama’s efforts in this regard.

President Obama and President Morsi agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza.

President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi's commitment to regional security.

-- Eline Gordts

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U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday for his efforts to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

According to the White House:

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Barack Obama that his government is prepared to give a truce with Gaza a chance.

\"(Netanyahu) spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian ceasefire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilise the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary,\" an Israeli statement said, according to Reuters.

-- Eline Gordts

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Barack Obama that his government is prepared to give a truce with Gaza a chance.

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\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

LIVE BLOG: Five grad rockets fired at Be'er Sheva http://t.co/pVJbeVE1

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ haaretzcom :\r\nLIVE BLOG: Five grad rockets fired at Be'er Sheva http://t.co/pVJbeVE1\r\nRead More"},{"id":"450","created":"21/11/2012 17:53 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Clinton Announces Cease-Fire","tweet_link":"450_photo-clinton-announces-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"clinton\"

In this image made from Egyptian State Television, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, give a joint news conference announcing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said the truce would take effect at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT.) He made the announcement alongside visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Photo by Egyptian State Television, AP

","short_text":"

In this image made from Egyptian State Television, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr, right, give a joint news conference announcing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Ca...Read More"},{"id":"449","created":"21/11/2012 17:51 GMT","title":"1.5 Hour Before The Cease-Fire","tweet_link":"449_15-hour-before-the-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"sheikhNB\"

@ sheikhNB :

1.5hrs before #Gaza ceasefire, arnd 150 #Gaza'ns dead,incl. 37 children. At least 1000 wounded, incl 260 kids. 5 Israelis killed. v @reuters

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ sheikhNB :\r\n1.5hrs before #Gaza ceasefire, arnd 150 #Gaza'ns dead,incl. 37 children. At least 1000 wounded, incl 260 kids. 5 Isra...Read More"},{"id":"448","created":"21/11/2012 17:40 GMT","title":"Netanyahu, Lieberman, Barak Expected To Hold Press Conference","tweet_link":"448_netanyahu-lieberman-barak-expected-to-hold-press-conference","entry_text":"

\"DannyNis\"

@ DannyNis :

Barak, Netanyahu, Liberman to hold press conference in the coming hours- expected to discuss potential for ceasefire+successes of #Gaza op

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DannyNis :\r\nBarak, Netanyahu, Liberman to hold press conference in the coming hours- expected to discuss potential for ceasefire+...Read More"},{"id":"447","created":"21/11/2012 17:37 GMT","title":"Obama Spoke With Netanyahu","tweet_link":"447_obama-spoke-with-netanyahu","entry_text":"

U.S. President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security.

The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians.

The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.

The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.

The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.

The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs.

-- Eline Gordts

","short_text":"

U.S. President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone.

According to the White House:

President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s securit...Read More"},{"id":"446","created":"21/11/2012 17:35 GMT","title":"israeli Prime Minister Confirms Cease-Fire Deal","tweet_link":"446_israeli-prime-minister-confirms-ceasefire-deal","entry_text":"

\"AP\"

@ AP :

BREAKING: Israel prime minister confirms cease-fire deal.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP :\r\nBREAKING: Israel prime minister confirms cease-fire deal.\r\n"},{"id":"445","created":"21/11/2012 17:34 GMT","title":"Ceasefire To Start At 9 PM","tweet_link":"445_ceasefire-to-start-at-9-pm","entry_text":"

During a press conference in Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister, with Hillary Clinton by his side, says a ceasefire will begin at 9 PM Cairo time (2 PM ET). \"There is no substitute for a just and lasting peace,\" Clinton added.

- Melissa Jeltsen

","short_text":"

During a press conference in Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister, with Hillary Clinton by his side, says a ceasefire will begin at 9 PM Cairo time (2 PM ET). \"There is no substitute for a just and lasting peace,\" Clinton added.
\n
\n - M...Read More"},{"id":"443","created":"21/11/2012 17:26 GMT","title":"AP Has A Bit More On The Terms Of The Deal","tweet_link":"443_ap-has-a-bit-more-on-the-terms-of-the-deal","entry_text":"

\"joshledermanAP\"

@ joshledermanAP :

Ceasefire details exclusive to @AP: Military activity, rocket attacks to cease. After 24hours quiet, Israel to further open Gaza crossings

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ joshledermanAP :\r\nCeasefire details exclusive to @AP: Military activity, rocket ...Read More"},{"id":"442","created":"21/11/2012 17:24 GMT","title":"Paul Danahar: Truce To Come Into Effect 2100 Gaza Time","tweet_link":"442_paul-danahar-truce-to-come-into-effect-2100-gaza-time","entry_text":"

\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

A senior Hamas negotiator in #Cairo tells BBC in #Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached. Will come into effect 2100 Gaza time

\"pdanahar\"

@ pdanahar :

It will be announced in Cairo by President Morsi . Gunfire has just started in #Gaza

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ pdanahar :\r\nA senior Hamas negotiator in #Cairo tells BBC in #Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached. Will come into effect 2100 Ga...Read More"},{"id":"441","created":"21/11/2012 17:20 GMT","title":"More On The Ceasefire From Reuters","tweet_link":"441_more-on-the-ceasefire-from-reuters","entry_text":"

GAZA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a Gaza ceasefire deal, said a Palestinian official with knowledge of Egyptian mediation between the two sides.

The official declined to be named or to give further information.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the news, which came on the eighth day of intensive Israeli fire on the Gaza Strip and militant rocket attacks out of the Palestinian territory.

","short_text":"

GAZA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a Gaza ceasefire deal, said a Palestinian official with knowledge of Egyptian mediation between the two sides.

The official declined to be na...Read More"},{"id":"440","created":"21/11/2012 17:12 GMT","title":"AP: Cease-Fire Deal To Be Announced Within Hours","tweet_link":"440_ap-ceasefire-deal-to-be-announced-within-hours","entry_text":"

\"AP\"

@ AP :

BREAKING: Palestinian official: cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel to be announced within hours.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP :\r\nBREAKING: Palestinian official: cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel to be announced within hours.\r\n"},{"id":"439","created":"21/11/2012 17:04 GMT","title":"Reuters: Israel Has Reportedly Agreed To Truce","tweet_link":"439_reuters-israel-has-reportedly-agreed-to-truce","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

ISRAEL HAS AGREED TO TRUCE IN GAZA, BUT WILL NOT LIFT BLOCKADE - ISRAELI SOURCES

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nISRAEL HAS AGREED TO TRUCE IN GAZA, BUT WILL NOT LIFT BLOCKADE - ISRAELI SOURCES\r\n"},{"id":"438","created":"21/11/2012 17:01 GMT","title":"Reuters: Egyptian Official Reportedly Confirms Ceasefire","tweet_link":"438_reuters-egyptian-official-reportedly-confirms-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

EGYPTIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS TO REUTERS CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN PALESTINIANS, ISRAEL

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nEGYPTIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS TO REUTERS CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN PALESTINIANS, ISRAEL\r\n"},{"id":"437","created":"21/11/2012 16:58 GMT","title":"Reuters: According To Palestinian Source, Israel And Hamas Agree On Ceasefire","tweet_link":"437_reuters-according-to-palestinian-source-israel-and-hamas-agree-on-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

CEASEFIRE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL AGREED -PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL WITH KNOWLEDGE OF TALKS

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nCEASEFIRE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL AGREED -PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL WITH KNOWLEDGE OF TALKS\r\n"},{"id":"436","created":"21/11/2012 16:56 GMT","title":"Israel Mulls Declaring Unilateral Ceasefire","tweet_link":"436_israel-mulls-declaring-unilateral-ceasefire","entry_text":"

\"haaretzcom\"

@ haaretzcom :

#Israel mulls declaring unilateral cease-fire http://t.co/qJv7mbwd #Gaza #Hamas

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ haaretzcom :\r\n#Israel mulls declaring unilateral cease-fire http://t.co/qJv7mbwd #Gaza #Ha...Read More"},{"id":"435","created":"21/11/2012 16:53 GMT","title":"Iranian Missile Technology Reportedly Sent To Gaza","tweet_link":"435_iranian-missile-technology-reportedly-sent-to-gaza","entry_text":"

According to an Iranian news agency, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed his country gave Gaza fighters the ability to produce longer-range missiles.

From the AP:

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency, offer some of the clearest insights on Iran’s weapons support for Hamas, whose Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 missiles have struck near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during weeklong battles with Israel.

The report Wednesday quotes Jafari as saying Iran has supplied technology to Gaza for the missiles to be produced ‘‘quickly.’’

Up to now, Iran denied it directly supplied Hamas with the Fajr-5.

Iran also backs the anti-Israel faction Hezbollah in Lebanon, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong 2006 war.

--Adam Pourahmadi

","short_text":"

According to an Iranian news agency, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed his country gave Gaza fighters the ability to produce longer-range missiles.

From the AP:

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, quoted...Read More"},{"id":"434","created":"21/11/2012 16:49 GMT","title":"Egypt Confiscates Warheads From Libya","tweet_link":"434_egypt-confiscates-warheads-from-libya","entry_text":"

Egyptian authorities confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya, security officials said on Wednesday.

Smuggled weapons often fall into the hands of Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip, the site of fierce fighting over the past week between Hamas militants and Israeli forces.

--Adam Pourahmadi

","short_text":"

Egyptian authorities confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled from Libya, security officials sai...Read More"},{"id":"432","created":"21/11/2012 16:34 GMT","title":"Hamas Praises Bus Bombing, Does Not Take Responsibility","tweet_link":"432_hamas-praises-bus-bombing-does-not-take-responsibility","entry_text":"

\"BBCBreaking\"

@ BBCBreaking :

Update: #Hamas \"has praised\" Tel Aviv bus bombing but not taken responsibility. Latest LIVE http://t.co/urALQ4Db

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BBCBreaking :\r\nUpdate: #Hamas \"has praised\" Tel Aviv bus bombing but not taken responsibility. Latest LIVE Read More"},{"id":"431","created":"21/11/2012 16:25 GMT","title":"Ban On Ceasefire: Many Details To Work Out","tweet_link":"431_ban-on-ceasefire-many-details-to-work-out","entry_text":"

Speaking from Cairo, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about the spiral of violence in Gaza an Israel.

Reuters reports:

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday there were \"many details to work out\" before a ceasefire could be reached to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

\"I am particularly concerned about the spiral of violence at the time of intense efforts to reach a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel,\" Ban said.

Speaking after a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, whose country is trying to forge a truce, he said: \"We all know there are many details to work out. But while that happens civilians continue to die.\"

","short_text":"

Speaking from Cairo, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concerns about the spiral of violence in Gaza an Israel.

Reu...Read More"},{"id":"430","created":"21/11/2012 16:09 GMT","title":"PHOTO: What's Left Of The Abu Khadra Interior Ministry Compound","tweet_link":"430_photo-whats-left-of-the-abu-khadra-interior-ministry-compound","entry_text":"

\"erinmcunningham\"

@ erinmcunningham :

The smoldering Abu Khadra interior ministry compound, hit by 7-8 missiles last night in #Gaza City. http://t.co/VDVWNkQB

\"The

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ erinmcunningham :\r\nThe smoldering Abu Khadra interior ministry compound, hit by 7-8 missiles last night in #Gaza Ci...Read More"},{"id":"429","created":"21/11/2012 16:02 GMT","title":"152 Reportedly Killed Since Last Wednesday","tweet_link":"429_152-reportedly-killed-since-last-wednesday","entry_text":"

\"JonDonnison\"

@ JonDonnison :

Health ministry figures latest; 152 killed since last Wed. At least 40 children. At least 13 people killed today in #Gaza

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JonDonnison :\r\nHealth ministry figures latest; 152 killed since last Wed. At least 40 children. At least 13 people killed t...Read More"},{"id":"428","created":"21/11/2012 15:53 GMT","title":"Targets Bombed in Gaza","tweet_link":"428_targets-bombed-in-gaza","entry_text":"

Israel has attacked 1,450 targets in Gaza since Nov. 14, Reuters reports. The news service compiled a partial list of the targets hit so far, which you can see here.

Air strikes have hit rocket stores, launchpads and suspected Hamas command posts, government buildings and apartment blocks in an eight-day-old assault that has killed 139 Gazans, most of them civilians, including 34 children. Israel says 56 militants have been killed.

-- Eamon Murphy

","short_text":"

Israel has attacked 1,450 targets in Gaza since Nov. 14, Reuters reports. The news service compiled a partial list of the targets hit so far, which you can see Read More"},{"id":"427","created":"21/11/2012 15:30 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Aftermath Of Gaza Airstrike","tweet_link":"427_photo-aftermath-of-gaza-airstrike","entry_text":"

\"israel

A Palestinian man reacts after an Israeli air strike near smuggling tunnels between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, on November 21, 2012 in Rafah.

Photo by Said Khatib, AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"

A Palestinian man reacts after an Israeli air strike near smuggling tunnels between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, on November 21, 2012 in Rafah.
\nPhoto by Said Khatib, AFP/Getty Images

"},{"id":"426","created":"21/11/2012 15:19 GMT","title":"NYT Reporter: Steady Gaza Shelling From The Sea","tweet_link":"426_nyt-reporter-steady-gaza-shelling-from-the-sea","entry_text":"

\"rudoren\"

@ rudoren :

Steady shelling from the sea in #Gaza City, not as close to our hotel as previous rounds, but still not my fave soundtrack

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ rudoren :\r\nSteady shelling from the sea in #Gaza City, not as close to our hotel as previous rounds, but still not my fave soundtra...Read More"},{"id":"425","created":"21/11/2012 14:48 GMT","title":"Latest On Ceasefire From Reuters","tweet_link":"425_latest-on-ceasefire-from-reuters","entry_text":"

Israel's best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said an emerging outline of a ceasefire agreement called for Egypt to announce a 72-hour ceasefire followed by further talks on long-term understandings.

Under the proposed document, which the newspaper said neither party would be required to sign, Israel would hold its fire, end attacks against top militants and promise to examine ways to ease its blockade of Gaza, controlled by Hamas Islamists who do not recognise the Jewish state's right to exist.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

Israel's best-selling Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said an emerging outline of a ceasefire agreement called for Egypt to announce a 72-hour ceasefire followed by further talks on long-term understandings.

Under the proposed document, wh...Read More"},{"id":"424","created":"21/11/2012 14:36 GMT","title":"Thousands Of Gazans Seek Shelter In U.N. Schools","tweet_link":"424_thousands-of-gazans-seek-shelter-in-un-schools","entry_text":"

From the AP:

A U.N. aid agency says some 10,000 Gazans have sought shelter in U.N.-run schools after the Israeli military dropped leaflets on the territory warning residents of certain areas to evacuate their homes.

","short_text":"

From the Read More"},{"id":"423","created":"21/11/2012 13:56 GMT","title":"Life Goes On In Gaza","tweet_link":"423_life-goes-on-in-gaza","entry_text":"

\"DerekStoffelCBC\"

@ DerekStoffelCBC :

Life goes on amid Israeli attacks in Gaza. Shoppers in a market in #Gaza City. Airstrike heard minutes after pic taken. http://t.co/QuMrBvbz

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DerekStoffelCBC :\r\nLife goes on amid Israeli attacks in Gaza. Shoppers in a market in #Gaza City. Airstrike heard m...Read More"},{"id":"422","created":"21/11/2012 13:52 GMT","title":"PHOTO: Clinton Meets Morsi","tweet_link":"422_photo-clinton-meets-morsi","entry_text":"

\"hillary

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with US Secretary Hilary Clinton at the presidential palace in Cairo on November 21, 2012.

Photo by Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"


\nEgyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with US Secretary Hilary Clinton at the presidential palace in Cairo on November 21, 2012.
\nPhoto by Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images
\n

"},{"id":"421","created":"21/11/2012 13:49 GMT","title":"Hillary Clinton Condemns Bus Attack","tweet_link":"421_hillary-clinton-condemns-bus-attack","entry_text":"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Wednesday's attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

The United States strongly condemns this terrorist attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of Israel.

As I arrive in Cairo, I am closely monitoring reports from Tel Aviv, and we will stay in close contact with Prime Minister Netanyahu's team. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance that Israel requires.

-- Eline Gordts

","short_text":"

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Wednesday's attack on a bus in Tel Aviv.

The United States strongly condemns this terrorist attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the people of Israel.

As...Read More"}]

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