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Ceasefire Declared

by on November 21, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just announced the ceasefire to the rocket firing that has plagued Israel and Gaza for the past 8 days. To date at least 160 people have died, at least 150 Palestinians and 8 Israelis have been killed by these 7 days of battle.

A link to the copy of the Ceasefire Agreement was found on BBC.com and The Jerusalem Post (here) was reported as follows:

Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

1.

a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals

b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border.

c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the cease-fire.

d. Other matters as maybe requested shall be addressed

2. Implementation Mechanism;

a. Setting up the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into effect

b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon

c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt – as the sponsor of this understanding – shall be informed to follow-up.

This has been copied directly from the link above for ease of use.

With this cease-fire in effect, what are the motivations for each party involved to maintain and abide by the agreement and are these motivations enough?

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