Not long ago, it was announced that a ceasefire agreement had been reached. A press conference was given by United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Standing next to Clinton was Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt played the primary role as mediator between Israel and Hamas.
The conflict has been a test for United States President Barack Obama. On November 6, Obama was re-elected the United States President beating out former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who was the chosen GOP nominee. The reignited Israel-Hamas battle is a foreign policy test of Obama's remainder of the first term and start of the second term.
Before the ceasefire, there was more casualties on Israel's side. The casualties were praised by Hamas. One event was a bus explosion in Tel Aviv. Then, there were rockets that successfully hit one of the houses.
In an Al-Jazeera news video, Palestinians took to the streets in joy with the ceasefire agreement. But, they understand that things could possibly change. Israel also praised the ceasefire agreement. But, some are curious about the terms.
With both the CNN and Al-Jazeera show that this will be a test for newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. As a result of the domino effect that the Arab Spring
(originating in Tunisia), former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown from office amidst the growing protests. The Arab Spring started on December 19, 2010 in Tunisia. This was when Mohamed Bouazizi
, a fruit vendor, immolated himself in protest of what police did to his vending cart. It sparked protests and it led to the overthrow of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali as the country's president.
In respects to the ceasefire agreement, seems to hold according
to a Huffington Post article. According to Hamas, the ceasefire agreement is considered a victory. This agreement comes days after Israeli airstrikes into Gaza and Hamas rocket attacks into Israel. Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, the PM of Gaza, the ceasefire truce is to be respected as long as Israel does the same. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is prepared to attack if the ceasefire is violated.
In a CNN article, Haniyeh said that the Arab Spring is the cause of the US “softening its stance
” with Egypt on Gaza.
While there's a ceasefire, it doesn't mean that the relationship will get sunny. Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Foreign Minister, noted concerns with Iran which is aligned with Hamas. Iran has vowed to destroy the state of Israel.
In a Washington Post article, Palestinians are saying that Hamas' leaders have stepped out stronger than they were before
With respects to the United States, both Jews and Arabs living in the country weighed in. CNN posted two articles with one coming from the viewpoint of American Jews and the other one coming from the viewpoint of Arab-Americans. In a CNN video clip taken from Piers Morgan, an Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman were interviewed at the same time on the ceasefire.
In the first CNN article
, it is pointed out the year Israel was founded which was 1948. After its founding, Israel has found itself in conflict with its Arab neighbors in the Middle East. With respects to the first article, the American Jews interviewed talked about how they have friends and family in Israeli who are dealing with it.
Many have given their skepticism and reservations about the recent ceasefire agreement. However, they do express hope that a true long-term solution will be reached that leads to little to no bloodshed on either side. One person wrote that Israel could work with the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority to deal with Hamas; but, the person said that Israel would have to really embrace that method.
In the second CNN article
, it points out the many Arab-Americans that have friends and family living in Gaza. One person interviewed said that each missile that hits closer to Gaza it becomes the worst reality TV that one could ever watch. He talks about how many relatives he has living in Gaza which includes his mother. Also, he said that Gaza's that type of place where everybody seems to be connected in one way or another.
According to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League, most Arabs centralize on Palestine. One person from the group said that peace won't be achieved until the Palestinians are able to exercise their basic human rights.
Before the ceasefire agreement, you had Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian protests igniting
across the world in many different countries. It shows that the conflict is very sensitive to most of the world. While the official ceasefire agreement has been reached, most of the world aren't holding their breath. Due to the number of Jews and Arabs living outside of the Middle East, this is a highly sensitive international topic.
Recently, there was the execution of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab
in India. Kasab was the lone surviving gunmen that was part of a group of Pakistani terrorists that took part in the 2008 Mumbai Massacre. During the bloody massacre, one of the places hit was a Jewish center. In response to Kasab's execution, the Pakistani Taliban threatened to attack India in response.
In a YouTube video, one person decided to give his view on the subject. He said that Israel, the US, Great Britain, and NATO, don't want peace. When speaking in the video, the person was very vocal. Be forewarned, this video does have some graphic language.
With respects to the United States, this will most likely become a foreign policy issue come the 2014 Elections to elect new US Senators and Representatives.