Israeli Media: Govt. Achieves Armistice With Hamas

An Israeli soldier sits on top of a tank at a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, May 21, 2021. A cease-fire took effect early Friday after 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers that was ignited by protests and clashes in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli soldier sits on top of a tank at a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip, southern Israel, Friday, May 21, 2021. A ceasefire took effect early Friday after 11 days of heavy fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers that was ignited by protests and clashes in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


The Israeli government agreed to halt its counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip following days of rocket strikes from Hamas against Israel.

According to the White House on Thursday, the Israeli cabinet negotiated a ceasefire with Hamas through Egyptian mediators with the sides “agreed in principle” to pause mutual hostilities after 11 straight days of fighting.

“Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours,” announced Ezzat el-Reshiq, a member of the Hamas Political Bureau. “The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza have also agreed.”

The ceasefire reportedly took effect in Israel at 2:00 a.m. local time. Under the terms of the agreement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it will resume the anti-terror operation if Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel.

In Gaza, however, a Hamas official warned the terrorist organization will keep its hands on the trigger while threatening to strike back and continue resistance efforts. In the meantime, the U.S. will continue working with Israel and Hamas leaders in an effort to reestablish peace in the Middle East.


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