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Until we meet again: What the press is saying about the Gaza ceasefire

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21.05.2021

1. Is it safe? And just as quickly as it began, the war was over, a ceasefire ending 11 days of rocket fire and airstrikes, death and destruction.

  • There are no iconic pictures of soldiers smooching their gals (or guys) or flag waving victory celebrations (at least among Israelis) in the mainstream press though. Rather, the media is ready at the helm with a healthy dose of skepticism regarding the tenability of the ceasefire, what was accomplished over the 11 days of fighting, and when Israel and Gaza will be at each others’ throats again.
  • Both the Yedioth Ahronoth and Israel Hayom tabloids run “the ceasefire test,” as their top front page headlines, underlining the deep lack of trust that the sides are ready to stop fighting beyond the immediate term.
  • “Hamas, one assumes, will be a good kid for the time being,” writes Yoav Limor in Israel Hayom, noting that the group has an interest in giving Gazans a breather and taking advantage of whatever international goodwill it’s accrued thanks to being on the blunt end of Israel’s bombs. “But if Israel sticks to its stances in negotiations, eventually Hamas will lose patience and try to challenge Israel again, either directly or via a side channel.”
  • Describing the zeitgeist among communities closest to Gaza Friday morning, Eshkol Regional Council head Gadi Yarkoni tells Army Radio that “there are a ton of questions, we need to be very alert to what may happen. Where is this going? Is this really quiet?”
  • The problem is one of expectations, writes Amos Harel in Haaretz. “Once every few years, Israel initiates a new operation in the Gaza Strip or finds itself involved in one. The disparity between the limited goals that the army wants to achieve, and the crushing victory that the majority of the public wants to see, will remain large,” he writes. “ Israel waged a campaign of........

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