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Gaza: The ceasefire that Israel rejected

What follows is what the American Secretary of State John Kerry proposed and Israel rejected. It was rejected because the Jewish military state wants only total capitulation, refuses to end the siege and open the borders and get out of the way so that Gaza can prosper once again (as it did before 1948). Israel wants Gaza poor, isolated and subjugated.


Acknowledging the urgency of protecting civilian lives, ending the violence in Gaza and achieving a sustainable ceasefire and enduring resolution of the crisis, the Palestinian Authority, and Palestinian factions, and the State of Israel (“the Parties”), supported by Egypt, the United States, Turkey, Qatar, the United Nations, the Arab League and the European Union (“the International Partners”), make the following commitments:

a) Build on the Cairo ceasefire agreement of November 2012.
b) Convene within 48 hours to negotiate resolution of all issues necessary to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and enduring solution to the crisis in Gaza, including arrangements to secure the opening of border and non-border crossings, allow the entry of goods and people and ensure the social and economic livelihood of the Palestinian people living in Gaza, including fishing rights up to 12nm, transfer funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries for public employees, and address security issues.
c) Establish a humanitarian ceasefire, withdrawal of IDF from Gaza Strip, ending all hostilities in and from the Gaza Strip, beginning in 48 hours and lasting for a period of seven days.

During the period of humanitarian ceasefire, the parties will refrain from conducting any military or security targeting of each other, and shall permit the delivery of humanitarian aid, including, but not limited to, food, medicine and shelter, to the Palestinian citizens in Gaza.

The International Partners shall monitor the effective implementation of the humanitarian ceasefire and agreements reached between the Parties, in cooperation and coordination with the Parties.

The International Partners also commit to a major humanitarian assistance initiative to address the immediate humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including an initial commitment of $47 million from the United States [other commitments to be added].

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