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Expected ceasefire should end war permanently in Gaza

The Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas has reportedly announced that it was sending a negotiating delegation to Egypt for the restoration of a ceasefire to may put an end to the Gaza conflict, release hostages and supply humanitarian aids to thousands of people in the enclave. However, this is not clear if the Zionist regime accepted whether it was willing to put a lasting end to the war unless the bloodthirsty Netanyahu reached its vicious desire of destroying Hamas the loyal Mujahidin of which are still resisting against the regime. The Islamic Movement (Hamas) has said that the delegation in Egypt would further talks on ceasefire talks, as a new sign of progress has been seen in attempts by international mediators to hammer out an agreement between the two warring sides to end the war in Gaza. According to reports, after months of stop-and-start negotiations, the ceasefire efforts appear to have reached a critical stage, with Egyptian and American mediators reporting signs of compromise in recent days. However, chances for the deal remain entangled with the key question of whether Israel will accept a permanent end to the still ongoing deadly conflict, without reaching its stated goal of destroying the Islamic movement. A new UN report has made it clear that (if possible) following the ceasefire negotiations if the Israel-Hamas war stops today, it will still take until 2040 to rebuild all the homes that have been destroyed by nearly seven months of the regime’s bombardment and ground offensives in Gaza and warned that the impact of the damage to the economy will set back development for generations and will only get worse with every month continuation of fighting between the two warring parties. The proposal that U.S. and Egyptian mediators have put to Hamas – apparently with Israel’s acceptance — sets out a threestage process that would bring an immediate six-week ceasefire and partial release of Israeli hostages, but also negotiations over a “permanent calm” that includes some sort of Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, according to an Egyptian official. Hamas is seeking guarantees for a full Israeli withdrawal and a complete end to the war. Hamas officials have sent mixed signals about the proposal in recent days. But on Thursday, its supreme leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said in a statement that he had spoken to Egypt’s intelligence chief and “stressed the positive spirit of the movement in studying the ceasefire proposal.” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Hamas a barrier to establishing a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages. During his meeting with senior Israeli officials, he assured that the United States would do everything possible to secure the release of the Israeli hostages from Hamas. After Jordan, the U.S. Secretary of State traveled to Israel and met with the president, the prime minister, the minister of defense, and other Israeli officials. The statement, according to the Associated Press (parts of which are excerpted to be published in The Kabul Times) said that the Hamas negotiators would travel to Cairo “to complete the ongoing discussions with the aim of working forward for an agreement.” Haniyeh said he had also spoken to the prime minister of Qatar, another key mediator in the process. The brokers are hopeful that the deal will bring an end to a conflict that has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials, caused widespread destruction and plunged the territory into a humanitarian crisis. They also hope a deal will avert an Israeli attack on Rafah, where more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have sought shelter after fleeing battle zones elsewhere in the territory. If Israel does agree to end the war in return for a full hostage release, it would be a major turnaround. Since the Hamas Resistance Movement’s Oct. 7 attack stunned Israel, its leaders have vowed not to stop their bombardment and ground offensives until the Hamas is destroyed. The regime also said that it must keep a military presence in Gaza and security control after the war to ensure Hamas doesn’t rebuild. Publicly at least, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to insist that is the only acceptable endgame. He has vowed that even if a ceasefire is reached, Israel will eventually attack Rafah, which he says is Hamas’ last stronghold in Gaza. He repeated his determination to do so in talks Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was in Israel on a regional tour to push the deal through. The agreement’s immediate fate hinges on whether Hamas will accept uncertainty over the final phases to bring the initial six-week pause in fighting — and at least postpone what it is feared would be a devastating assault on Rafah. Egypt has also been assuring Hamas that the deal will mean a total end to the war. But the Egyptian official said Hamas says the text’s language is too vague and wants it to specify a complete Israeli pullout from all of Gaza. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about the internal deliberations. On Wednesday evening, however, the news looked less positive as Osama Hamdan, a top Hamas official, expressed skepticism, saying their initial position was “negative.” Speaking to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, he said that talks were still ongoing but would stop if Israel invaded Rafah. This is while, Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State of America which is itself the key element of war in the Middle East, said the Islamic Resistance of Hamas was a barrier to establishing a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages. America is still backing and supporting the occupant regime and its deadly strikes in Gaza which left thousands of innocents dead. An Israeli airstrike, meanwhile, killed at least five people, including a child, in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. The bodies were seen and counted by Associated Press journalists at a hospital. The war broke out on Oct. 7 when the Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement broke into southern Israel and killed over 1,200 people, mostly Israelis, taking around 250 others hostage, some released during a ceasefire in November. The Israel-Hamas war was sparked by the Oct. 7 raid into southern Israel which killed around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and abducted around 250 hostages. Hamas is believed to still hold around 100 hostages and the remains of more than 30 others. Since then, Israel’s bombings in Gaza have wreaked vast destruction and brought a humanitarian disaster, with several hundred thousand Palestinians in northern Gaza facing imminent famine, according to the U.N. More than 80% of the population has been driven from their homes. The “productive basis of the economy has been destroyed” and poverty is rising sharply among Palestinians, according to the report released Thursday by the United Nations Development Program and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. It said that in 2024, the entire Palestinian economy — including both Gaza and the West Bank -– has so far contracted 25.8%. If the war continues, the loss will reach a “staggering” 29% by July, it said. The West Bank economy has been hit by Israel’s decision to cancel the work permits for tens of thousands of laborers who depended on jobs inside Israel. “These new figures warn that the suffering in Gaza will not end when the war does,” UNDP administrator Achim Steiner said. He warned of a “serious development crisis that jeopardizes the future of generations to come.” Earlier Faisal bin Farhan Ale Saud, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Riyadh, he insisted on a permanent solution to the tensions between Palestine and Israel and added that ending the tensions and conflicts between the two sides would benefit all regional countries. “It is in everybody’s interest in the region, our interest, the interest of the Palestinians, the interest of the Israelis, the interest of the global community of nations, that we find a pathway to resolve this issue once and for all, because that’s the only way we are going to avoid, first of all, a repeat, but also we’re going to avoid that the suffering that has happened on all sides happens in vain. This is just not an approach that is possible.” These statements come as since the beginning of the battles in Gaza, more than 34,000 Palestinians have died, and over 77,000 others have been injured. As a result of these battles, almost the entire population of 2.3 million in Gaza has become displaced. At the same time, the Islamic Republic of Iran once again declared its support for the Palestinian people. The Iranian Ambassador and Special Envoy for Afghanistan said: “Two phenomena in our region, west Asia, or commonly known as the Middle East, cause instability, insecurity, problems, challenges, wars, coups, and destruction: one is the existence of the occupying regime of Jerusalem, and the other is the unconditional support of America for this child-killing regime.” Hundreds of pro-Palestinian students have again demonstrated at several universities in America, demanding an end to the battles in Gaza, but police dispersed the protesters and recently arrested more than two hundred protesters. Parts of the Associate Press’s recent report about the ceasefire in Gaza have been excerpted and sent to be published in The Kabul Times, the only governmentrun English news agency. Abu Inam Hasehim

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