so we have another seized fire ? i seriously doubt it will last or move the core issues underlying the hostilities one inch.
if anything the truce reveals israel's increasing impotence.
all despite their using high tech air force, fancy anti-missile defenses, drones, threats of land invasion by one of world's most powerful armoured forces etc ...all this against essentially several bands of desperate street fighters representing 1.7 million unarmed, ratcheted, living under a blockade civilians.
think about it !
1) israel agreed to the shaky conditions mediated by a side (egypt) whose new muslim brotherhood president refuses the very word 'israel', a country egypt negotiated with.
2) the dozens (if not hundreds) of long range fajr-5 rockets that sent millions of israelis into bomb shelter are still in hamas' possession.
3) these crude, militarily worthless but a pr-potent rockets could only be smuggled through egypt - the main mediator and the guarantor
of the latest truce
4) and finally, the true winner of the gaza escalation - iran - emerged unharmed and unhindered in its ability to extend hamas' rocket ranges and accuracy and, most importantly, to divert attention from its struggling ally - syria.
that israel and its main backer (the us) agreed to these new middle east realities speaks volumes of their impotence in the face of increasing religious extremism they claim to fight but more likely feed/sustain and are responsible for.