On 18 May, France, with Egypt and Jordan, announced the filing of a United Nations Security Council resolution for a ceasefire. Israeli security cabinet on Thursday unanimously adopted Egypt’s initiative for a bilateral unconditional ceasefire.
That Israeli forces and police agree to never again enter the al-Aqsa mosque, as they did earlier this month, and that Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in disputed East Jerusalem not be evicted by Jewish settlers from homes, their families have lived since the 1950s.
Which side Won: Israel or Palestine?
In Gaza, people come out onto the streets chanting Allahu Akbar and mosques claimed victory on their loudspeakers. In the Arab Israeli town of Um el-Fahm, a convoy of cars drove through the streets, honking their horns and waving Palestinian flags.
Why are people of Gaza celebrating?
The biggest reason for claiming victory could be that they managed to fend of an invasion.
Whereas for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will claim a political victory and it is — 12 days ago he was fighting for his political life with opposition politicians tasked with forming a government. Now, he’s back center stage, casting himself as the only person capable of being a defender of the nation. He’s held off his own demise for now.
Militarily, the Israelis can claim to have depleted Hamas’s ability to strike Israel. Eleven days of some of the heaviest bombing, the strip has ever seen has killed key Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad commanders and, they claim, destroyed 100km of underground tunnels.
World Reaction On Ceasefire
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine and called on all parties to observe it.
“I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel
after 11 days of deadly hostilities,” Guterres said. “I call on all sides to observe the ceasefire.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that he spoke with leaders from both Israel and Palestine and welcomed his confirmation that the parties had agreed to a ceasefire.
“I spoke with @IsraelMFA @Gabi_Ashkenazi today and
welcomed his confirmation that the parties had agreed to a
ceasefire, mediated by Egypt,” Blinken tweeted. “I will be
traveling to the region in the coming days and look forward
to meeting the Foreign Minister and other Israeli, Palestinian, and regional leaders,” he added.