Arab League urges Gaza no-fly zone
The Arab League Council called on the UN Security Council Sunday to consider an air embargo on Israeli military flights over Gaza, reports said.
The council’s appeal, submitted by Syria at a special meeting in Cairo, asks the Security Council to immediately convene to adopt a resolution enforcing a no-fly zone, the Syrian news agency SANA reported late Sunday.
The initiative is aimed at protecting unarmed civilians, ending the siege imposed on the Strip and stresses the Palestinian people’s right to resist the Israeli occupation, according to the news outlet.
The Arab League body condemned Israel’s “plotted barbaric aggression” on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip as part of a series of “frequent crimes” violating international legitimacy and laws, SANA said.
It also expressed astonishment at the international community’s “suspicious silence.”
In the region, meanwhile, both Israeli and Palestinian officials expressed support for a potential ceasefire, after days of rocket fire and Israeli air raids that have killed at least 18 people in Gaza.
Now, as Haaretz had reported recently…
Palestinian official: Israel, Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire
Although neither Israel nor the Palestinians confirmed the cease-fire, a significantly smaller number of rockets were fired from Gaza on Sunday and Palestinians reported no Israeli air strikes.
A Palestinian official close to United Nations and Egyptian-mediated negotiations told Reuters on Sunday that Israel and militant groups in Gaza had agreed a truce, as cross-border violence abated. [...]
Israel’s retaliatory air strikes have claimed the lives of 19 Palestinians, while militants have continued firing rockets from Gaza into Israel.
However, no Israeli air strikes were reported on Sunday. Israeli police and military officials said around 10 missiles had been fired from Gaza, a significant fall from the 130 of the previous two days.
“Palestinian factions have agreed to halt rocket fire and Israel agreed to cease attacks on the Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian official said.
There was no official confirmation from either side, but a senior Israeli official told Reuters: “We will judge the other side over the next few days. The extent to which Hamas controls the other militant groups will affect the way we choose to act.”
“What happens from here on is up to the other side,” the official told reporters in Tel Aviv, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It seems calmer now, but it is still not clear where this is going.”
Hamas’ official website said that the ceasefire had been in place since Sunday morning. The ten rockets that landed in Israel on Sunday Palestinians blamed on those who disagreed with the ceasefire.
Here’s some reports that highlight how fragile the ceasefire is…
After briefing on Sunday, cabinet decides to instruct IDF to continue to work against terror in Gaza in order to stop the rocket fire which continues to pound Israel’s southern region.
Israel should not settle for a truce with Hamas in Gaza, and should instead seek to topple the Islamist rulers of the coastal strip, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.
From Hamas and Gaza…
Hamas politburo member Salah Al-Bardawil said Sunday that Palestinian groups “will be committed to a truce as long as Israel is committed as well.”
Palestinian factions in Gaza “do not want to drag the Palestinians to war amidst the changes taking place in Arab countries without media outlets focusing on Gaza, so they accepted the truce,” he said.
However, “Palestinian resistance will not accept surrender,” his statement said.
He noted that “the Palestinian factions agreed previously on a unilateral truce entitled ‘committed as long as the enemy is’ but the [Israeli] occupation violated this truce by killing children and women, and the resistance responded in a limited way making the occupation hit back much more harshly in its aggression.”
Al-Bardawil said that Israel had apparently approved the truce with Palestinian factions.
I think this best sums it up… Gaza ceasefire unlikely to last: Israeli press…
Now, Haaretz featured two great Op-eds about their recent Wikileaks: Israel ‘File’
The first was penned by Yossi Sarid…
Politicians and the truth / The danger of doublespeak
Israel’s leaders know the truth about the political situation but are afraid to speak it, as if Israelis were children who must be shielded from the cruel reality.
It’s not clear what pushes VIPs to confess to Americans as if to a priest or psychologist. Maybe a psychological explanation is in order: At some point, people must have a chance to relieve themselves of the burden of lies. [...]
Like spouses who have been cheated on, Israelis are the last to know. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the settler leaders know the truth – they’re just afraid to say so.
They, too, understand what our fate will be in this land if it is not divided. But why should they tell us that the settlers would evacuate for proper compensation? For now, the head of the Yesha Council of settlements will only whisper it to the Americans, perhaps so they can start getting the money together.
They’re afraid to speak the truth as if Israelis were children who must be shielded from the cruel reality. They’re afraid they will be thrown out of office when the people realize they’ve been tricked. It turns out that Israel now wants a strong Hamas, a general said, without which the state of Gaza will be even more violent…
The second one penned by Alon Idan spared no one…
What WikiLeaks can tell us about Israel’s ‘leaders’
The WikiLeaks documents prove that the Israeli public likes to be governed aggressively by persons who tend to feed them lies.
A reading of the so-called Israel file found among the WikiLeaks documents reveals the stuff of which Israel’s “leadership” is made. To sum it up, an Israeli leader apparently carries two basic genes: one of aggression and one of charlatanism. In ideological terms, that means that such a leader has most likely been influenced by Machiavelli’s “The Prince” – based on the great assumption that said leader has actually read the book. If for a moment we switch things around and extrapolate, this also means the Israeli public likes to be governed aggressively by persons who tend to feed them lies.
According to the documents, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the king of charlatans. He is mostly preoccupied with tactics like enhancing visibility and marketing. [...]
In November 2009, during a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress, Netanyahu says jokingly: “What is the difference between on and off the record in Israel? Two weeks.” In other words, even his jokes deal with how to create two realities – one confidential, the other not – with a comic dimension attributed to the very short period during which the con is perpetrated.
“Netanyahu” is a marketing term which describes the way in which reality is presented in order to preserve power…
Could Bibi finally be seeing the light…?
The prime minister is considering this and a series of other measures to block the ‘diplomatic tsunami’ that may follow international recognition of Palestinian state at UN General Assembly in September.
I’m not holding my breath…!