'Imminent' end to Israel's Gaza offensive

2012-11-20 18:48

Jerusalem - Egypt's president predicted on Tuesday that Israel's nearly week long offensive in the Gaza Strip would end within hours, and Israel's prime minister said his country would be a "willing partner" to a ceasefire with Hamas aimed at ending relentless Israeli airstrikes and Palestinian rocket attacks.

As indications grew of an imminent end to the fighting, international diplomats raced across the region to cement a deal. President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Mideast from Cambodia, where she had accompanied him on a visit.

Mohammed Morsi, perhaps the most important interlocutor between the militant Hamas group that rules the Palestinian territory and the Israelis, gave no explanation for his statement, saying only that the negotiations between the two sides will yield "positive results" during the coming hours.

In Brussels, a senior official of the European Union's foreign service said a ceasefire would include an end of Israeli airstrikes and targeted killings in Gaza, the opening of Gaza crossing points and an end to rocket attacks on Israel.

"If a long-term solution can be put in place through diplomatic means, then Israel would be a willing partner to such a solution.

But if stronger military action proves necessary to stop the constant barrage of rockets, Israel wouldn't hesitate to do what is necessary to defend our people," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a joint press conference in Jerusalem with visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Ban condemned Palestinian rocket attacks, but urged Israel to show "maximum restraint."

"Further escalation benefits no one," he said.

Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets on several Gaza neighbourhoods asking residents to evacuate and head toward the centre of Gaza City along specific roads.

"The army is not targeting any of you, and doesn't want to harm you or your families," it said.

Palestinian militants urged residents to ignore the warnings, calling them "psychological warfare".

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-20 18:58

    . Well done , President Morsi !!

      bob.paige.7 - 2012-11-20 20:33

      Jack, are you too ignorant to understand that there are Christians and Muslims who serve in Israeli army and Parliament not just the Jews like you make it out to seem

  • watchman.smith - 2012-11-20 19:18

    Hammas, Hesbolah and the enemies of Israel don't honor what they say. The Bible says they'll be talking Peace and Safety, which is exactly what is happening and then sudden destruction comes upon them. These Arabs only talk with forked tongues! - 2012-11-20 19:50

      u talk about the bible i like to ask you if u really follow the lifestyle of jesus? u dont have to answer, dont disgrace yourself

      lario.borges - 2012-11-20 20:27

      Arab identity is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam.... FUNNY BOY!!! Jesus was an arab!

      jack.russel.14268769 - 2012-11-20 23:05

      Jesus was a decendent of David through the house of Ephram and Joseph (mothers side) so er.. he was a Jew

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-20 19:38

    Hamas started this war, Israel has ended it. Thank you Israel for trusting Egypt, I know I wouldn't.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-20 19:59

      I am no victim... You are, of your own hatred. I have been to Israel 4 times for work, and Israel has Jewish Muslim and Christian citizens and they ALL told me one thing, they want peace. I read Hamas charter and their crazy goal. Hamas is to blame for this. Hamas chose violence and Palestinians are paying the ultimate price.

      bob.paige.7 - 2012-11-20 20:37

      Alan, have you ever visited Israel? I assume not because if you've been to Israel you would have known that many Muslims and Christians serve happily in the Israel defense forces. It doesn't matter whether your a Jew, Christian, or Muslim Arab, all people in Israel have a democratic vote, Christians and Arabs within Israel own successful businesses and happily pay taxed. People of all religions in Israel are given rights and have responsibilities! Which you can't really say for any other Middle East country aside from contentious Egypt. Go educate yourself by reading a book on Israeli history and then come back with an attempted argument

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-11-20 19:53

    Once again the doomsayers on N24 have reason to hang their heads in shame. On 15 November 2012 there appeared under the name of LionLamb on MyNews24 the following article: The World At War and Jesus' Words Ring True The current conflict we now hear coming to an end by ceasefire at midnight of course marshalled the opinions of the religiots in the article and the comments section. The end is here, or almost here, some of them soothsayed. And of course they rationalized the predictions to make them appear to have some value. Now we see a ceasefire has been agreed to. Epic fail on their part. We saw the same cockiness from the same quarters when the millenium approached. The same disappointment for the same zealots this time around. I wish to ask a very pertinent question again - by now with the same expectation that the loud mouths will not attempt a reply. What is the use of signs of the end times in the bible if they serve no purpose at all? Why would the inspirator of the bible include such prophecies and signs if they are eventually simply ignored after so many failures? I hope some of those commentators on the mentioned thread read this comment. I suspect they will as they will be eagerly following developments in the news section in their eager state to see the world blown up into many little pieces. How it will influence the formation of clouds would be interesting. Clouds are supposed to serve as the logistics and landing craft come the great confrontation.

  • bob.paige.7 - 2012-11-20 20:31

    I applaud a ceasefire, however I believe that if Hamas or any other Islamic group fires 1 missile into Israeli territory, there should be a ground invasion. Its enough playing nice guy with these terrorists. - 2012-11-20 21:27

      does the killing of over 130 Palestinians justify the killing of just 3 Israelis? Many of the killed Palestinians were children. If yes, it shows that yourl regard the blood of Israelis as being more precious than the Palestinians. Therefore dont give me your nonsense of "People of all religions in Israel are given rights and have responsibilities" From the facts coming out of Gaza it shows that Israel has no regard for the lives of children.

      cleve.fletcher - 2012-11-20 21:38; Has it occurred to you that perhaps the Israelis aren't using civilians as cannon fodder to score sympathy from idiots? Seems to me that the Israelis place a much higher price on lives than do the Palestinians.

      kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-11-20 22:10

      If killing over 100 people is playing nice guy, then what is playing hard - genocide?

      cleve.fletcher - 2012-11-20 22:41

      Dunno, go ask the Germans....

  • simon.morris.14203 - 2012-11-20 22:13

    Hello everybody, I am new to this sort of debate and thus I am unsure why my thread about who are the people to blame for this conflict and who I believe are the biggest terris on Earth? Does the truth hurt?

  • simon.morris.14203 - 2012-11-20 22:36

    Why or for what reason was my thread or ideas removed from this topic, where is the term FREE SPEECH? Why have this sort of service if a comment is disliked by certain people, does the truth hurt.?

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