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Gaza truce ends as Cairo negotiations hit deadlock

A 3-day truce between Israel and Palestinian factions comes to an end after negotiating parties fail to reach a deal in Cairo ceasefire talks.

UPDATE: At about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, the Israeli Air Force began striking targets in the Gaza Strip, following rockets fired by Palestinian militants into Israel from the Strip. The rocket barrage brought to an end a 3-day truce that was set to expire early Friday morning.

Haaretz reported that there were disruptions to flights to and from at Ben-Gurion International Airport, following the resumption of rocket attacks from Gaza. Israeli airspace was shut for 30 minutes, from 7:30 a.m., leading to the delay of 19 flights.

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A 72-hour ceasefire agreed between Hamas and Israel came to an end at 8 a.m. Friday morning with reports of a rocket barrage fired from Gaza into Israel. The Iron Dome shot down two rockets over Ashkelon, as warning sirens sounded in Gaza border communities.

The decision not to extend the truce came as the Cairo talks between Israel and the Palestinians remain deadlocked, without an agreement reached.

At the time of publication it was not clear if the IDF had responded to the rocket barrage. A correspondent for the The National reporting from Gaza tweeted a photo of what looked to be smoke rising from an Israeli attack in Gaza, however it was not clear whether it came from an IDF strike or a Hamas rocket launch. The Time of Israel reports that military reporters in Israel say Israel is holding its fire for the moment as its leaders contemplate their response.

Israel had said it was ready to “indefinitely” extend the ceasefire, however Palestinian factions in Gaza had decided not to extend the truce.

Quoting a senior Palestinian official involved in the talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo, Haaretz said the negotiations stalled Thursday as Israel’s proposals to extend the ceasefire failed to meet Palestinian expectations. Just hours before the temporary ceasefire was scheduled to end, no agreement had been reached between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Cairo.

The primary points of contention continue to be the full lifting of the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Strip, the release of about 125 prisoners and Gaza’s demilitarization.

Just hours before the scheduled end of the truce, two mortar shells were reportedly fired into Israel territory, apparently from within the southern Gaza Strip. The shells hit open areas and no injuries were reported. Rocket alerts sounded in communities near the Gaza border. Hamas denied firing the mortars.

Related:
Gaza war: It’s about keeping the Palestinians under control
The time is ripe for a UN resolution on Gaza
What does Israeli ‘acceptance’ of ceasefire really mean?

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    1. Pedro X

      The ceasefire ended, because Hamas wanted it ended. Hamas wants to use terror while making Israel negotiate under fire. Israel will not accept these terms. The United States, until the Netanya suicide attack, made Israel negotiate under terrorists attacks. Israel has learnt its lesson, and will not negotiate under fire.

      Israel will hit targets in Gaza as it deems necessary.

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      • Goldmarx

        There was no negotiating under fire during the ceasefire, since the ceasefire was observed by both sides. Hamas fired rockets after 8 AM, so there was no violation.

        “Israel has learnt its lesson, and will not negotiate under fire.”

        –>As long as the US demands it, Israel will. Iron Dome is financed by the US, as is the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. If Israel pisses off the US just enough, say goodbye to all that foreign aid.

        “Israel will hit targets in Gaza as it deems necessary.”

        *Yawn*. So what else is new?

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        • Whiplash

          President Obama has said many times that there is an unbreakable bond between the people of Israel and the United States. That bond will not be broken because one really pisses off the other. For instance after Obama’s spokeswoman bitterly complained about Israel’s strike against a target in front of an UN school, Obama two days later signed a bill granting Israel another 225 million dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome program, on top of the others of hundreds of millions for this program and on top of the 3 billion per year for military purchases.

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          • Goldmarx

            Obama is a politician, and a nation’s self-interest is its highest priority. He has lied on many occasions and broken all sorts of promises, almost always to those on his left. (I voted for him in 2008 and have been subsequently disappointed).

            There is no such thing as an ‘unbreakable bond’ between nations.

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          • Pedro X

            So, Goldmarx, are you going to vote for Jed Bush, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio next time?

            You will not be disappointed in their support for Israel.

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          • JohnW

            “There is no such thing as an ‘unbreakable bond’ between nations.”

            Yes, I agree with that.

            That is why Israel has only on itself to rely on and it should not listen to the attempted dictates of anybody who tells Israel what to do in exchange for verbal or even written promises.

            Those promises are not worth the paper they are written on. Israel needs to aim to be strong enough on it’s own to be able to deter outside threats without anyone’s help. At the end of the day, nothing is new under the sun, if we want to survive as a people,we must rely only on ourselves to ensure that.

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    2. Kolumn8

      Hamas insists that it is not going to accept a ceasefire until it is allowed to bring in more rockets and weapons via the sea directly into Gaza so that it is stronger for the next round of violence against Israel. It is perfectly willing to sacrifice another thousand Palestinian children if that grants it the firepower to kill Israeli children in the future.

      Israel agreed to extend the ceasefire. The ceasefire ended because Hamas shot rockets at Israel. Whatever happens next is entirely Hamas’ fault. It is really that simple.

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    3. JohnW

      All these complaints about the deaths of innocents in Gaza and how it is Israel’s fault.

      So what happens? Israel is willing to have a cease fire but Hamas is the one that doesn’t agree to a cease fire. So what could that possibly mean?

      1. The suffering is exaggerated? I doubt that.

      Or

      2. Hamas wield the suffering of their own people as a weapon. I think that nails it right on the head.

      And what does Hamas want to achieve with that? It wants the world to apply pressure on Israel not to respond to Hamas’s rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

      That’s when stooges in publications like this come into the picture. They do their bit to oblige Hamas and apply pressure on Israel.

      No matter. Neither Hamas, nor their stooges will prevail.

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    4. Average American

      Of course Israel will do what it wants. USA can’t tell them what to do. This is what alot of people predicted, that once Israel became a regional superpower it would become arrogant and self-centered and race-oriented.

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      • JohnW

        What? We are a regional super power?

        That’s good.

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