I pray this is still stands by the time this posts...
Israel and Hamas Agree to a Cease-Fire, After a U.S.-Egypt Push
Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and JODI RUDOREN
Published: November 21, 2012 1285 CommentsCAIRO — Under intense Egyptian and American pressure, Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas halted eight days of bloody conflict on Wednesday, averting a full-scale Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip without resolving the underlying disputes.
Although the memorandum of understanding did not clarify how Gaza’s borders might be opened, Egyptians, Israelis and Americans briefed on the talks said that Egypt had broached the possibility of expanding the traffic of people and goods at Rafah. Egypt has historically resisted a broader opening of the crossing, and Israel enforces its embargo on the other sides of Gaza, fearing that it would face an influx of refugees or end up with responsibility for the impoverished enclave.
Israel also fears that an open border crossing would become a conduit for weapons.
Dan Balilty/Associated PressIt seemed to be the fighting's first direct reach into Tel Aviv's streets.
I hope that we have truly been an ally to Israel in this and that her security is at least temporarily enhanced. I hope we have not help back Israel into a corner. I pray we haven't shown terrorists and/or extremists that we have a "tell" or a tendency to retreat. Time will tell. But some of the same folks that applaud every defeat of Israel and hardly any more friendly about success for the United States. Hopefully, by the time you read this peace will still be in effect. I pray that ... you know I don't even know what to pray for.