Cease-fire: No Small Thing
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Israel Policy Forum
by M.J. Rosenberg - June 20, 2008 - 3:11pm

The cease-fire is still in effect, which is something of a surprise. After all, this is a cease-fire few like -- especially in Israel. Some of the same government officials who secured it wasted little time in saying that they did not expect it to last and that, when it did collapse, Israel would launch its long-deferred invasion of Gaza.

Reviving U.s. Leadership In The Middle East
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Middle East Progress
by Brian Katulis & Mara Rudman - (Commentary) June 20, 2008 - 3:10pm

The tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, negotiated by Egypt, that began this morning in Gaza represents a tentative step forward in managing and ultimately resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the period of calm is used to make progress on negotiations, implement obligations and improve the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, then the ceasefire can help lay the foundation for final resolution.

The Cease Fire In Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Boston Globe
(Editorial) June 20, 2008 - 3:08pm

IF IT HOLDS, the cease-fire that took effect yesterday between Israel and Hamas in Gaza will be a welcome boon for Israelis exposed to rockets fired from Gaza and for Palestinians liable to be caught in retaliatory attacks. But for the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to become something more than a temporary pause in a chronic conflict, both sides will have to enforce its terms rigorously. And Israel, Hamas, the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt, and the United States will have to make the cease-fire a stepping-stone to a durable two-state peace agreement. 

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