A Cease-fire in Gaza by Sunday?
There is hope that a still-working proposal to bring about a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be completed and instituted by Sunday. United States(US) Secretary of State John Kerry has been making the rounds in the Middle East providing the much needed US input into the peace process. With involvement from Turkey and Qatar and hosted by Egypt, it is hoped that the peace would take the form of a five-day humanitarian truce to begin on Sunday. During this period, parties to the conflict would convene to discuss new border arrangements. Hamas, according to some sources, would agree to such a truce should there be international guarantees that blockades of Gaza be lifted. Israel wants to keep its soldiers in Gaza during the cease-fire. Israel's security council will meet later today to either endorse a truce proposal or to widen the conflict.
After yesterday's attack by Israel on a United Nations run school in Gaza that killed 15, including children and women and wounded some 200 evacuees seeking protected shelter from the conflict, both parties to the widening conflict should now accept and abide by a cease-fire. The death toll in Gaza has top 808, more then 3,600 have been wounded and 140,000 have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Israel has seen 32 soldiers, two civilians and a Thai worker killed. That yesterday's attack upon the UN school in Gaza occurred after UN officials cautioned that both conflict parties might have committed war crimes, the need for a review and scrutiny of the conduction of the conflict should emerge now. Too many civilians, including children, have died in this conflict. The recent harsh criticism of Israeli actions in Gaza from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan underscores the need for a full international review into the deaths of so many children of Gaza.