November 21, 2012
Following a week in which hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza and just hours after a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus left nearly 30 people injured, Israel and Hamas are expected to hold their fire later on Wednesday and bring and end to the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense, which began with targeted the killing of top Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari.
The ceasefire agreement is thought to be almost identical to that which ended Operation Cast Lead some fours years ago: Israel will apparently unilaterally declare an end to the fighting, afterwhich Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine will hold their fire as well.
However, it appears that Israeli agreements with Egypt and the US regarding ways to stop the smuggling of weapons from Sinai to Gaza will be put on paper. Israel will also agree to ease the naval blockade after the cessation of violence.
Officials estimated that if the IDF holds its fire, Hamas and other Palestinian groups in Gaza will face heavy pressure to do so as well.
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