Israel has taken the bold move of unilaterally declaring a ceasefire. It is the side that wants peace.
How dare this belligerent war-mongering UN resolution-breaking state paint itself in this way. But through an incredibly clever move, that is what it has just done.
Israel has killed 2000 and injured 6000, Hamas has killed 7 people (the rest were killed by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers). But today, Israel is the peacemaker. Forget the fact that it has been in breach of the UN resolution demanding a ceasefire for the past week.
But here is the stunner. Israel is not moving its occupation army in Gaza. The Palestinians have not got anything they want – aid is still being blocked, they are starving, and the wounded can’t leave the territory. Desperate Palestinians will still have to fight to save their lives – and that gives Israel the perfect excuse to fire back and say “ahhhh, look, these terrorists keep shooting even when we declare a ceasefire”.
Hamas is in an impossible situation. The Palestinians are being strangled, and Israel is looking like the peacemaker today.