A leader of Hamas’s political wing said: “It is true that the battle is over today, but Netanyahu and the whole world must know that our hands are on the trigger and that we will continue to expand the capabilities of this resistance.” . Both sides declared that they were ready to respond to any breach of the new ceasefire.
Egypt has already announced sending two delegations to oversee the ceasefire, with the Middle East mediating the talks. The United States also participated in the diplomatic effort. The head of US diplomacy, Blinkin, announced that he would visit the region in person in the coming days. He said on Twitter that he was looking forward to meeting with Jewish Foreign Minister Gabim Ashkenazi and “other Israeli, Palestinian and regional leaders.”
Hamas is demanding demands
Blinken’s British counterpart Dominic Raab also commented on the development. He called on all parties to work for a permanent ceasefire. However, statements by Israel and Hamas indicate contradictions in approaches to the new ceasefire. Netanyahu’s office spoke of merely exchanging “peace for peace” without other conditions.
But the movement’s officials are calling for the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and East Jerusalem. Clashes between Palestinians and the Jewish state police at the mosque were one of the triggers for the wave of Hamas rocket attacks.
Biden praised Netanyahu and the Egyptian president
After the ceasefire was announced on Thursday, US President Joe Biden praised the actions of both Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. According to the president of the White House, there is now a “real opportunity” for progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Biden gave a short speech after phone calls with Sisi and Netanyahu. “The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and other groups in Gaza have agreed as well,” he said. He also said that he has spoken to the Israeli prime minister six times since the outbreak of the mutual attacks. During the last interview, he was allegedly praised for his decision to end the fighting and asserted that the United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself.
Speaking at the White House, the US President also highlighted the work of President El-Sisi and the Egyptian officials “who played such a major role in this diplomacy.” “I believe that Palestinians and Israelis on an equal footing deserve to live in security and security and enjoy freedom, prosperity or democracy. I believe we have a real opportunity to make progress.”
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