Israel Tells BBC Its Ceasefire Terms

Paul Danahur, the BBC’s Middle East Bureau chief, tweets the short version of Israel’s ceasefire terms.

BBC in #Israeli told by officials  Israel wants the following conditions to be met for a #Gaza ceasefire:

1/ No hostile fire of any kind to come from Gaza into Israel including smalls arms fire at Israeli troops near the border.

2/ Hamas fighters must be stopped from travelling to the Sinai to carry out attacks against Israel at the Sinai/Israel border.

3/ Hamas mustnt be able to rearm. International & regional actors needed for this (“Egypt can play a key role in bringing about ceasefire”).

 4/ A ceasefire must not simple be a “time-out” for Hamas, it must be an extended period of quiet for Southern Israel.

No indication of what concessions, if any, Israel is willing to make in order to secure those demands – probably only that they’ll stop bombing and won’t launch a ground invasion.

Meanwhile, Danahur also tweets that Israel has again hit the Gaza media tower, striking with a missile that hit just above the entrance and trapped many inside as the building burst into flame – this time killing at least one person and injuring several others. Pour encourage les autres?

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • Reporting now saying that the person killed at the Shawa & Husari building was a PIJ commander. Other reporting saying that Israeli statements have started to play the Iran card. Look for targeted personalities from PIJ and the PRC.

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