Olmert states that the release of abducted Israeli soldier is inseparable to the deal
June 19- Israel officially confirmed on Wednesday that the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal between the Israeli government and Hamas would go into effect at 6 a.m. on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stressed that the agreement, which was only agreed to for a duration of six months, may only amount to a period of calm. Hamas confirmed its acceptance of the deal yesterday, and Islamic Jihad did so today.
Dawub Shihab, Islamic Jihad spokesman commented: “We will not be an obstacle in the way of implementing this deal for a calm, despite our reservations on many of the conditions included in the text of the deal.”
Israel has agreed to ease the blockade of Gaza next week if the fighting stops on Thursday. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated that the release of abducted Israeli Corporal Gilad Shalit was an inseparable part of the deal. Israeli defense officials speaking under condition of anonymity stated that Israel would consider opening up the Rafah border, the main gateway into Egypt, as a final phase of the deal.
Besieged Gazans hope peace will prevail – 19 Jun 08
The new peace deal between Israel and Hamas is one that could change the lives of around one and a half million people trapped in this strip of Palestinian territory, struggling to get supplies of food, oil and medicine. Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports from teh Gaza Strip.
Peace brings mixed feelings in Israel – 18 Jun 08
About 40 Palestinian rockets fell on southern Israel in the last few hours before the Hamas-Israel truce came into force. Al Jazeera’s David Chater reports from Sderot, one of the towns hit by the rockets, showing the reaction to the ceasefire there.