August 10, 2014
WHEN TWO SIDES SIT DOWN, ONE HAS ALREADY LOST:
New Gaza truce comes into effect (Al Jazeera, 10 Aug 2014)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2014 7:38 PMAl Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from West Jerusalem, said that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, had come under intense pressure internationally and domestically."Internally, people are frustrated especially those who live in the south who had evacuated their homes along the border with Gaza for a month and then were told to return home during the ceasefire only to find out fighting has resumed," she said."He [Netanyahu] is also under pressure from the international community to return to Cairo for talks." [...]Meanwhile, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal told AFP news agency on Sunday that a lasting truce must lead to the lifting of Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.Meshaal said the latest ceasefire deal "is one of the ways or tactics to ensure successful negotiations or to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza".The final "goal we insist on is having the demands of Palestinians met and the Gaza Strip exist without a blockade".