It could be extended by two weeks immediately.
I admit that this article is time-sensitive and could make me look like an idiot in less than a day — a practice not recommended on Medium — but recently I made the apparently hopeless suggestion that the current Cease-Fire in Gaza could lead to a permanent peace.
Now it has legs: PM Netanyahu has agreed that Israel would be prepared to extend the truce in Gaza if more captives are released by Hamas. Egypt, Qatar and the United States are eagerly pushing for the same thing. The cease-fire would otherwise end today (Monday Nov 24).
The new offers would extend the cease-fire by at least two weeks.
I made the original suggestion based on the fact that it would appeal to selfish motives for both sides — always a safe bet. I thought that gave it legs.
Hamas has achieved all it could hope to achieve.
Israel has run into a dead end.
They both recognize that they are operating in an environment controlled the policies of the Israeli government. Granting a cease-fire would not change that reality. The Palestinian cause has few rights, and as a result of the uprising, even less territory than it had before.
But its importance is now acknowledged and recognized by both Israel and the international community. People now pay attention to Hamas’ complaints that in the period up to the October 7th uprising, Israel forces has killed some 240 Palestinians — many of them children — in the West Bank alone.
A surge of support for Palestine across the world has accomplished by views from the small-grain reporting flooding over the Internet, sent by people on-the-spot.
More than 14,854 Palestinians killed in Gaza since October 7. In Israel, the official death toll stands at 1,200…some of them killed by their own “friendly fire”.
Netanyahu has told Biden he would extend the truce by one day for each further 10 captives released. Thus far some 70 hostages have been released, out of a total of around 240, so with ten hostages released every day the cease-fire could last another 17 days.