- The Egyptians have promised a series of measures to ease restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip in return for a long term ceasefire.
- The resumption of protests at the Gaza wall are to be a sign of resistance of the Gazan people.
- Israel continues its attacks from the air on Iranian targets in Syria.
After a three week lull, demonstrations will resume on Friday at the Gaza Border fence. The High National Committee for the March of Return announced the organization of demonstrations at the border Friday. The decision to resume the weekly border protests came as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad leaders continued their discussions in Cairo with senior Egyptian intelligence officials about reaching a long term ceasefire with Israel. The Hamas delegation is headed by Ismail Haniyeh, while Islamic Jihad is headed by their secretary general.
The Egyptians have promised a series of measures to ease restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip in return for a long term ceasefire. Earlier this week the daily Al-Quds claimed that the Egyptian proposal includes a five year ceasefire agreement between Gaza-based groups and Israel. Hamas leaders seem to be divided on this issue and published in a Hezbollah newspaper that halting resistance against the enemy has not changed. Only forms of resistance may change, but Hamas will not stop resisting the enemy.
The resumption of protests at the Gaza wall are to be a sign of resistance of the Gazan people. No truce will tie the hands of the resistance, and certainly will not stop it from responding to any Israel aggression. The senior Hamas official, Khalil al-Hayya, has stated that Hamas has enough rockets to fire at Israel for several months. He also denied that there is any agreement between Israel and Hamas on prisoner exchange.
Israel continues its attacks from the air on Iranian targets in Syria. There was a recent attack on an Iranian base on the border of Syria and Iraq. IDF officials say that neither the destruction of tunnels from Lebanon into Israel built by Hezbollah or the recent domestic turmoil within Lebanon are stopping preparation of Hezbollah for war with Israel. The strategy of Hezbollah is to entrench their forces around the border of Israel planning to attack.
The first confrontation with Hezbollah a few months back ended with Israel staging a phony demonstration of some of their soldiers being injured, after being targeted by Hezbollah rockets. As a result, Israel did not retaliate, and the confrontation ended without a war. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called this attack revenge for his soldiers being killed in an air attack in Syria. He emphasized that there will be another attack on Israel by Hezbollah as revenge for two Israeli drones aimed at Hezbollah security offices, which were downed in Beirut. Many people claim that Hezbollah is using the chaotic civil situation in Lebanon to take hold of the government of the country, and give them a full hand in another war with Israel. Israel is preparing for another eventual future conflict.