July 15, 2014
On Monday, Egypt proposed a ceasefire to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. While Israel agreed to the ceasefire, The Times of Israel reports, Hamas did not:
Israel accepted the Egyptian ceasefire agreement because it would restore the status quo that preceded Operation Protective Edge but leave Hamas severely weakened, the official said.
“Hamas didn’t achieve what it had planned to achieve: not in the military campaign itself, where it was dealt a severe blow with more than 1,700 attacks, not in its efforts to harm Israeli civilians, not in its desire to carry out strategic terror attacks from the sea, the air and the ground — which were attempted but thwarted — and not in its ability to recruit the Arab world and Judea and Samaria,” the official said, referring to Palestinians in the West Bank.
Hamas also failed to accomplish anything with the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, which does not include any preconditions and does not mention Hamas’s demands for the payment of salaries for its men in Gaza and the release of prisoners, the official said.
Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said the Palestinian group rejected the proposal.
We continue to pray for the safety of the Israeli people and the brave men and women of the IDF who are defending them, as well as for peace in Israel.