By: Suhaib Webb
These days are hard. From Gaza, Ferguson and ISIS, it is difficult to have insight into where the world is today. That question is important. But of more importance is asking where it is now! After all, the answer to that question, is the answer to the first. However, there are times when the fog of the future blinds us from seeing the demands of today.
Israel and the Palestinian factions, including Gaza’s Hamas movement, have accepted an Egyptian proposal to cease fire from 0500 GMT on August 5 for at least three days.
Egypt also invited Israel and the Palestinians to attend high-level talks in Cairo aimed at securing a longer-term deal to end a war that has killed over 1,800 Palestinians as well as dozens of Israeli soldiers.
Three similar agreements have collapsed since the violence began. Israel had resumed air strikes on Gaza after a patchy and limited seven-hour humanitarian truce ended on Monday, one attack killing two people and wounding 16, according to officials.
“We hope this will secure a permanent ceasefire and restore stability,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Hamas and Israel agree to a temporary humanitarian pause in fighting in besieged Gaza Strip from 05:00 GMT on Saturday.
Israel and Hamas have agreed a 12-hour humanitarian truce to begin at 04:00 GMT on Saturday to pause hostilities in Gaza.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement, together with all armed groups in Gaza, had agreed to the temporary ceasefire which he said was mediated by the United Nations, the Reuters news agency reported.
The announcement came just hours after Israel’s cabinet rejected the terms of a ceasefire championed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry.