Today marks the first time both sides are seriously discussing a ceasefire. Egypt has brokered a deal which will in essence change little in the long-term, but would stop the slaughter in the short-term (till the next war, which you can expect in two years or less). It proposed the ceasefire begin almost immediately. But that hasn’t happened obviously as the rockets are still flying.
The Israeli security cabinet has endorsed the ceasefire (Sheera Frenkel’s piece is here) with the exception of hawks Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman who were strongly opposed. Netanyahu argued for it.
Hamas, however, has rejected the ceasefire. I can’t think this is anything more than posturing on their part. I don’t see what they gain by refusing. Unless, they wish Egypt, the U.S. and EU, most of which refuse to recognize it, to come calling. They’re desperate for recognition and it’s possible (though unlikely) the world will come calling merely because Israel slaughtered Gazan civilians. It would be nice if the world were different than that. But I doubt it is.
Yossi Melman tweets that he sees Hamas eventually acceding to the ceasefire.
In a related matter, cyberforces likely affiliated with Hamas hacked the newscast of Israel’s Channel 10. They replaced the actual programming with Hebrew warnings of doom to mothers who send their children to fight in Gaza. There were pictures Gilad Shalit in captivity, of explosions and a major city engulfed in flames. Perhaps not the most convincing performance. But a shock nevertheless to know that the other side has this capability.
Yesterday, the IDF shot down a Hamas drone flying over southern Israel. The militant group is known to have several other such drones. They were likely provided by Iran; or the expertise was proffered by Iran to Palestinians, who followed their engineering plans.