Israel and Palestinian Resistance Reach 3-Stagedeal, detailsfor Gaza Calm

Israel and Palestinian resistance groups have reached a 3-stage agreement, brokered by Egypt, Qatar, and the US, involving a prisoner exchange, ceasefire, and reconstruction efforts. The deal aims to achieve calm in the Gaza Strip, with Hamas seeking clarifications on several points before accepting the proposal.

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Israel and Palestinian Resistance Reach 3-Stagedeal, detailsfor Gaza Calm

Israel and Palestinian Resistance Reach 3-Stagedeal, detailsfor Gaza Calm

Israel and Palestinian resistance groups have reached a significant 3-stage agreement aimed at achieving calm in the Gaza Strip. The deal, brokered by Egypt, Qatar, and the United States, involves a prisoner exchange, a ceasefire, and reconstruction efforts. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has increased pressure on Hamas to accept the proposed , urging, "No delays, no excuses. The time is now."

Why this matters: This deal has far-reaching implications for the Middle East peace process, as a lasting ceasefire in Gaza could pave the way for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. A successful implementation of this agreement could also set a precedent for conflict resolution in other regions, highlighting the importance of international cooperation and diplomacy.

The first stage of the deal, lasting 22 days, will see Israel withdraw its forces from densely populated areas in Gaza and relocate them near the separation fence. Hamas, in exchange, will release at least 33 captives, including all living Israeli captives. For every Israeli captive released, Israel will free 20 Palestinian children and women.

During the second stage, spanning 42 days, both sides will agree on necessary actions to reach and implement a sustainable . Arrangements will be made for the comprehensive reconstruction of housing units, civil facilities, and civilian infrastructure in Gaza.

The third and final stage, also lasting 42 days, will involve the exchange of bodies and remains of killed individuals on both sides. A 5-year reconstruction plan for the Gaza Strip will be implemented, focusing on building housing units and civilian facilities and infrastructure. During this period, the Palestinian side will refrain from rebuilding military installations and importing equipment or materials for military purposes.

However, Hamas is seeking clarifications on several points, including the usage of ambiguous words such as "calm" instead of "ceasefire," and guarantees that the ceasefire will be permanent. A Hamas source stated, "There's been an advancement in the Israeli reasoning and their approach to some of the issues – but not all of them." The group is also seeking a total suspension of military operations during the stages before a permanent ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza's Netzarim checkpoint.

The nearly seven-month war in Gaza has sparked a fire, state, crisis, ground, pushing northern Gaza to the brink of famine and driving around 80% of the population of 2.3 million from their homes. Israeli airstrikes have killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials, and wreaked vast destruction.

The aims to avert an Israeli offensive into the southern Gaza town of Rafah, where 1.4 million Palestinians are sheltering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to launch the operation "with or without a deal." A Hamas source warned, "If a military operation is forced on us, we'll have no choice but to face it. What awaits the Israelis in Rafah is a cemetery – not a picnic."

The success of the deal hinges on Hamas accepting the latest ceasefire proposal, which Blinken has called"extraordinarily generous"on Israel's part. The US, along with Egypt and Qatar, is pushing for the agreement to let continue relief and aid to Gaza's vulnerable population and ensure a lasting, sustainable peace in the region. As negotiationsstill, the international community remains hopeful that the proposed 3-stage deal will bring an end to the conflict and pave the way for a brighter future for the people of Gaza.

Key Takeaways

  • Israel and Palestinian groups reach 3-stage deal for Gaza calm.
  • Deal includes prisoner exchange, ceasefire, and reconstruction efforts.
  • Hamas seeks clarifications on "calm" vs. "ceasefire" and guarantees.
  • Deal aims to avert Israeli offensive into southern Gaza town of Rafah.
  • Success hinges on Hamas accepting latest ceasefire proposal.