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Hamas agrees to Gaza Ceasefire Proposal


Why is it in the news?

  • Hamas has announced its acceptance of a ceasefire proposal presented by Egypt and Qatar, suggesting a potential breakthrough in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza.

More about the news

  • The proposal outlines a three-stage truce, with each phase lasting 42 days.
  • It entails the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, the return of displaced Palestinians to their homes, and an exchange of Israeli captives and Palestinian prisoners.
About Hamas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Hamas is the largest Palestinian militant Islamist group and one of the two major political parties in the region.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It currently governs over two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The group was founded in the late 1980s, following the onset of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel鈥檚 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Hamas, as a whole, or in some instances its military wing, is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Israel-Palestine Conflict

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is a long-standing dispute between Israel and Palestine that commenced in the mid-twentieth century when Jews from various parts of the world were granted a homeland in present-day Israel by Britain.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is one of the world鈥檚 lengthiest conflicts, with Israel occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which the state of Palestine claims.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Several attempts have been made to resolve the conflict as part of the peace process by various groups of countries and the United Nations.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Over time, countries in the surrounding region have normalized ties with Israel through the Abraham Accord, Oslo Accord, etc.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 However, the deadlock still endures, and the global community persistently strives to achieve the two-state solution.

 

Current Conflict:

  • Hamas’s assault follows months of escalating violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with intensified Israeli raids, Palestinian street attacks, and assaults by Jewish settlers on Palestinian villages.
  • Israel regards the entirety of Jerusalem as its capital, not just a part of it. However, Palestinians disagree and instead seek it to be the capital of a future independent Palestine.

Way Forward:

  • A two-state solution, facilitated by international organizations, is essential for lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.
  • Israel’s rejection of the ceasefire proposal signals ongoing challenges, but it remains engaged in negotiations with Egypt to seek a resolution.

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