Saturday, January 17, 2009
The Israeli Cabinet has reportedly voted 9-1 and one abstention in favor of an Egyptian-backed, 10-day unilateral cease-fire in the war in Gaza. At least 1,200 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died over these past three weeks. The United Nations Security Council had called for a cease-fire one week ago, and the United Nations General Assembly held a two-day emergency meeting and adopted (by a vote of 142-4, with 8 abstentions) a resolution demanding an "immediate and durable and fully respected cease fire" in Gaza. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had also renewed his call for a cease fire. He was on a diplomatic mission this week that included meetings in Cairo, Amman, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Ankara.
The Israeli Defense Forces will reportedly stay in Gaza for the time being. If Hamas continues to attack southern Israel, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel would resume its attacks as well. Hamas said that it would continue its attacks as long as the IDF was in Gaza. Click here to read more from the Jerusalem Post.