"In Cairo, Egyptian go-betweens laid out Israel’s terms for a ceasefire deal to the Hamas team from Damascus as presented by defense minister Ehud Barak Monday, May 19, to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman at Sharm el-Sheik. Israel wants kidnapped soldier Gilead Shalit included in the ceasefire deal. It has offered to include 72 convicted murderers in the list of jailed terrorists for release. Hamas is demanding 350.
Prime minister Ehud Olmert and Barak, after opting for a truce in Gaza rather than an effective military operation against Hamas, are expected to compromise on this question too.
Olmert’s statement at the Sunday, May 18, government session in Jerusalem that the Gaza situation cannot go on and Israel “is very close to the point of a decision” on this issue, is seen by inside sources as an attempt to mislead the public which is demanding that the IDF give Hamas a real thrashing. He hopes the deal will go down more smoothly if Gilead Shalit is freed. " Debkafile
Yes. Yes. I know it is Debkafile. Remember – Evaluate the information and the source separately.
I have been babbling about the need for an Israeli-HAMAS truce for several years. Can it be that someone is listening?
Everyone in Palestine/Israel needs some "time off" from their mutual hatred and despair. I was there in March. The mentality of both sides has become awful, just awful. The Israelis are filled (mostly) with a great complacency and sense of their superiority. This verges on contempt for the Palestinian and Arab untermenschen. The Palestinians are filled with self pity and a resignation to their fate which does not become this branch of the human tree of life.
Olmert and Barak want a truce? For God’s sake give them one, and then when this one expires give them another one, and another!
You would rather have no loaf than half a loaf? Well then to hell with you all! pl