Gaza Ceasefire: What Led Israel to Stop the Assault and What Comes Next? (Video)

After 1800+ Dead

Democracy Now*

HAVANA TIMES – After a nearly month-long assault that left at least 1,865 Palestinians dead, Israel has pulled its ground forces from the Gaza Strip under the 72-hour ceasefire that went into effect earlier today. Israeli and Palestinian factions have agreed to attend talks in Cairo on a longer-term agreement. Gaza officials say the vast majority of Palestinian victims were civilians in the Israeli offensive that began on July 8.

Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed. Palestinians are returning to homes and neighborhoods that have seen a massive amount of destruction. Nearly a quarter of Gaza’s 1.8 million resident were displaced during the fighting which destroyed more than 3,000 homes.

The ceasefire was reached after international outrage over Palestinian civilian deaths peaked, with even Israel’s chief backer, the United States, criticizing recent Israeli shellings of United Nations shelters that killed scores of displaced Palestinians. To discuss the lead-up to the ceasefire and what to expect from the talks in Cairo, we are joined by author and scholar Norman Finkelstein.


6 thoughts on “Gaza Ceasefire: What Led Israel to Stop the Assault and What Comes Next? (Video)

  • Hamas does this on purpose. Journalists who have left Gaza report missiles fir d from hospitals and schools and even firing them next to journalists reporting. Deal journalists aids their propaganda war. Their tunnels are for the purpose of killing civilians. Gaza can be a paradise once the people rid their land of Hamas and let Abbas govern. Hamas killed hundreds of children building tunnels, kills anyone with opposing viewpoints so there is no defense of these terrorists.

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