Respite in Gaza: For God’s Sake, Don’t Miss this Opportunity

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After 50 days of fighting, the declaration of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is indeed a good news. It has brought immediate relief to people in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Egypt brokered the truce, after more than 2,200 lives were lost, mostly Palestinians. The fact of the matter is that both the Gazan and Israeli civilians desire peace, and are tired of the conflict. Some of Gaza’s border crossings will open, and the much-needed aid and building material will finally make an entry.

Israel’s call for demilitarisation of the Strip, as well as Hamas’s demands for a port and an airport in Gaza and the release of prisoners will commence a month later in Cairo.

With its top military leadership decimated and 3,00,000 Gazans reportedly rendered homeless, Hamas had no option but to finally agree. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, despite strong criticism from rightwing members of his cabinet, accepted the deal.

The process of Gaza’s reconstruction must begin withour further delay. As far as governance is concerned, Hamas track record leaves a lot to be desired. It is, therefore, incumbent upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that they leverage this moment to begin a serious dialogue, so that a durable peace is achieved, which people on both sides of the border deserve.

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