Hamas Says Ceasefire In Place, Israel Denies
Just a day after Hamas dared Israel to send a ground attack into the Gaza Strip, Hamas has said that Egypt had put together a ceasefire deal set to declare at 9:00 p.m. Israel time. Hamas has been hurt militarily by the ongoing Israeli targeted attacks on Hamas targets; hence their sudden eagerness for a ceasefire.
But Israel denied that a ceasefire had been put into place. “We’re not there yet,” said Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The ball’s still in play.”
With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region, Hamas and Egypt have a strong incentive to unilaterally declare a ceasefire for public consumption, even as Hamas re-arms for their next prospective attacks on Israel. Thus Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi has stated that “the farce of Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip will end on Tuesday,” saving face while attempting to stop backlash against Egyptian support for Hamas.