Clinton, who is expted to step down and who has been cited as an upcoming Presidential candidate for 2016 has helped bring Egypt, Israel and the Gaza together for a cease-fire although there are some indications that all are not so peaceful.
The agreement was also brokered by the new Egypt President Mohammed Morsi, who in an effort to distance himself from the Arab extremists as per FoxNews, “refuses to talk to Israelis or even say the country's name mediated for it and finally turned himself into Israel's de facto protector.”
"I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who met Morsi Thursday, said at a Cairo press conference with Egypt's foreign minister announcing the accord.
"This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt's new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace," she said.
After Israel launched its assault on Gaza a week ago, aimed at stopping militant rocket fire, Morsi's palace in a Cairo suburb became the Middle East's diplomacy central.
So, why did Israel agree to the cease-fire?
According to the Israeli military, the Islamist Hamas forces are cracked if not broken and that their air strikes and naval naval artillery as "the fighting in the south", it said the offensive launched on November 14 had "accomplished its pre-determined objectives". ...
However, even if broken, the Gazan military offense is not dead
In fact, according to Reuters, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched 12 rockets into Israel during the hour after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Islamist militants on WednesdaySpokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the 12 rockets landed in open areas and caused no damage or casualties. ...
Whether a true ceasefire does occur remains to be seen. Some Middle East watchers wonder if the Obama administration, without Clinton, will be able to put the necessary pressure on all parties to begin talks to help create a true and lasting peace.
The brief but bloody Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas marks a clear wake-up call to both sides, and their supporters, on the indispensable need to start serious talks beyond the new cease-fire.
This development must be seized upon to convert the recent crisis into an opportunity after years of inaction. A desperate injection of diplomatic energy is required. The alternative is renouncing responsibility and initiative to continuous unpredictability,
And, if the parties do sincerely start talking peace, perhaps peace were to come between warring parties, perhaps the Egyption President will begin to say the word Israel, even if he and his followers do not even want to acknowledge the country’s existence.
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