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With Ceasefire Set to Expire, Palestinians Aim to Lift the Siege While Israel Wants to Turn 'Gaza Into Ramallah'

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The Israeli Minister of Information Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday at a press conference in Jerusalem hours before the five-day ceasefire was announced their team intends to "make Gaza into Ramallah" through the discussions.


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. (0)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 8:11 pm
and 5 hours before the end of the ceasefire hamas was dropping more bombs. david had to spend hours in a safe place till the iron domb dealt with him. make you happy carrie?

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 8:19 pm
Since I wasn't there I don't know who started firing first. I'm sure not even David knows that. Both sides ~ as usual ~ are blaming one another. My feeling is that both were to blame. Sorry, but I do not believe it is to the benefit of Israel to continue 'negotiations' when they have no intention of lifting the blockade, ~ and Hamas and Palestinian fighters are not going to give up their weapons, so what happened? Israel mobilized its forces long before the cease fire was due to expire and I'm sure Hamas took that for what it was ~ aggressive action.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 2:31 am
The way I see it Carrie is that Israel doesn't negosiate,THEY DICTATE.They have also continuously broken the cease-fire by flying F-16 over Gaza every day.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:07 am
Carrie. Hamas has broken every cease fire including two they initiated themselves.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:07 am
Israel isn't the only part of the equation who doesn't want to negotiate. All the various factions are posturing for their own form of control. . .

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:43 am
carrie, how blinkered can you be? Hamas always breaks the ceasefire and these facts are reported by independent journalists in Israel. Can't be from those in Gaza as Hamas will not allow them to make such reports.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 3:58 am
Arid, if Israel don't negotiate then how did Gaza come into existence? How did Arafat get offered some 95% of his unreasonable demands at Camp David? Yet Arafat refused an incredibly generous offer, why?

And if the IDF did overfly Gaza daily to watch for terrorists acts, they certainly didn't fire on anyone. Slight difference.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 4:08 am
If I were in the Israeli government, I'd start to worry by now about being taken to the ICC in the Hague. The government is trying to close ranks to prevent this from happening and turning Gaza into Ramallah would also prevent the Palestinians from going to The Hague. This new Ramallah would not only demilitarize Gaza, but also silence its inhabitants.

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Wednesday August 20, 2014, 4:15 am

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 20, 2014, 12:50 pm
Darren, you're right. Political posturing is the name of the game, ~ a very dangerous game.
Stan, when Israel walked out on the negotiations and left Cairo their forces were already in position to start another attack. Palestinian officials took that as an end to the negotiations. More political posturing, ~ which admittedly Israel is much better at. They position the military, end negotiations, leave Cairo, and wait for Hamas to fire the first rocket, so Israel can say "we didn't break the ceasefire" ~ political posturing.
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