- At the moment, the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas is over
- The Israeli government and the Palestinian militant group resolved to sheath their swords on Thursday, May 20
- This development is the outcome of a ceasefire deal brokered by the Egyptian government
Israel and the Palestinian militant group known as Hamas on Thursday, 20 May resolved to accept a ceasefire deal after days of attacks and counter-attacks resulting in many deaths and large-scale destruction of properties on both sides.
According to a Hamas leader who spoke with CNN on Thursday, May 20, the terms of the latest agreement were brokered by the Egyptian government.
The Hamas members added that the truce will take effect in the early hours of Friday, 21 May, Reuters also reported.
Confirming this, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that during a security cabinet meeting in the evening of Thursday with the Chief of Staff, the heads of the Shin Bet, the Mossad and the National Security Council accepted to take Egypt's suggestion.
The Israeli leader said the Egyptian initiative is a call for a mutual unconditional ceasefire.
"The Security Cabinet convened this evening. And accepted unanimously the recommendation of all security elements -- the Chief of Staff, the head of the Shin Bet, the Head of the Mossad, and the head of the National Security Council -- to accept the Egyptian initiative for a mutual unconditional ceasefire that will go into effect at an hour to be agreed upon later."
As the letter was released on Monday, the president spoke out on the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine. Ramaphosa said South Africans know too well that intractable conflicts can only be solved through peaceful negotiation. He said, as quoted by The South African:
“It also demonstrates that unless the root causes of a conflict are addressed, in this case, the illegal occupation by Israel of Palestinian land and the denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, there will never be peace.”
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