Hamas predicts Mideast ceasefire is ‘imminent’ amid growing global pressure

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      JonLP
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      Jerusalem (CNN)A ceasefire in the bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be “imminent, possibly within 24 hours,” Hamas officials told CNN Wednesday, as world leaders dialed up pressure on both sides to end the fighting. Israel, however, has not commented on the possibility of a ceasefire deal.

      Concerns have been growing over the worsening humanitarian situation, as the conflict raged for a 10th day Wednesday, pushing the Palestinian death toll to more than 220 people — including more than 60 children — and 12 people in Israel, including two children.
      The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Tuesday that 11 children in Gaza between the ages of 5 and 15 had been participating in its trauma treatment program before Israeli airstrikes killed them in their homes.
      From left: Rula Mohammad al-Kawlak, 5, Tala Ayman Abu al-Auf, 13, Yara Mohammad al-Kawlak, 9, who were killed by Israeli airstrikes on May 16, in Gaza City, along with several other children who received trauma care from NRC.
      I think they or CNN TV is mentioning someone wants Putin involved in talks or cooperation with US & Russia involved with talks with Israel/Palestine but they are not sure if either country wants the  other side involved with talks.

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      I think they or CNN TV is mentioning someone wants Putin involved in talks or cooperation with US & Russia involved with talks with Israel/Palestine but they are not sure if either country wants the other side involved with talks.

      I have heard this about climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, etc., etc.  as I have heard it about Israel-Palestine.  While, it is easy to understand their participation in the former solutions, I have never really understood while they are uniquely qualified to participate in the latter.  Having said that, here are bits and pieces of the puzzle….consider how many Israelis are Russian emigres…I don’t know the number but the number must be significant.  Further, it was none other than Benjamin Netanyahu along with the President of Serbia who participated with Vladimir Putin as his guest at the 74th anniversary of VE Day in Moscow (2019)….Consider also that it it was the Soviets who first discovered/liberated the Nazi concentration camps.

      Within the much, much broader context, I am hoping the desires for more than just ‘western’ voices to participate in these kinds of discussions and solutions is more than just lip service…In the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union there was much talk of ‘western’ values and moral authority – in other words the triumphalism….(Huntington’s The Third Wave among other books from US scholars was typical of that kind of mindset)….But yesterday, I was an observer in a zoom MIT national security/international relations discussion about the ongoing crisis in Haiti…(not at all my strong suit but bare with me)…One of the discussants – in her ideal world – contrasted the desirability of a ‘core’ group to contribute to the solution of the problems in Haiti with that of the existing core group…In this discussants composition of desired members – she included a medical team from Cuba and some other kind of participation from Venezuela.  To this discussant, her desired core group participation was mutually exclusive from the current core group which consisted of the usual suspects from the pre-colonial western powers (i.e., the US, France, Germany, Spain, etc., etc.) and had no chance of offering meaningful solutions to Haiti’s crises.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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