Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip
a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air
including incursions and targeting of individuals.
All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against
Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border
Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of
goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting
residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with
after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.
Other matters as maybe requested shall be addressed.
Setting up of the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into
Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commit to what
was agreed upon.
Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this
understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt – as the sponsor of this
understanding – shall be informed to follow up.
For years, Israel was faced with waves of rockets fired at its citizens
from the Gaza Strip. Israel nevertheless demonstrated great restraint.
Israel invoked its right of self-defense and launched Operation Pillar
of Defense after Hamas and other terrorist organizations launched more than
1,300 rockets at Israel (from the end of January 2009). Israel recently turned
twice to the UN Security Council, yet the attacks continued.
The aims of Israel's campaign were to act against the terrorist
infrastructures operating from the Gaza Strip and to stop the firing of rockets
at Israel in order to bring about an improvement in the security reality and
allow a normal life for the residents of the State of Israel. These goals have
A ceasefire was reached (Nov. 21). The understandings led to the
cease-fire. Afterwards, it will be possible to discuss – not directly – other
issues raised by the sides.
Egypt shepherded the understandings not just with Hamas, but will all Palestinian
factions that fired rockets.
Israel dealt Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza,
including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a series of blows that have greatly
weakened them. Senior terrorists were targeted, thousands of rockets - including
long-range projectiles - were eliminated and the terrorist infrastructure was
Israel has reinforced and strengthened its deterrence capabilities.
Israel will respect the cease-fire, but reserves the right to react in
self-defense to its violation by the terrorist organizations.
The changes that have taken place in the region over the last two years
did not affect Israel's ability to act militarily and to defend its citizens.
Iran supplied, funded and trained Gaza's military machine, as was
admitted by Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iranian sources. Without
strong international pressure, Iran will continue to play a destabilizing role
in the area. Action must be taken to prevent the smuggling of weapons, primarily
Iranian arms, to Gaza.
Israel succeeded in consolidating a large and varied international
coalition in support of Israel and against the terror groups operating out of
There was wide international support and understanding for the necessary
use of force by Israel in order to stop the rockets. This international
legitimacy is important if the need arises in the future for Israel once again
to defend itself militarily.
Israel is grateful to the world leaders, in particular US President Obama,
who supported Israel's right to act in self-defense. An international coalition
opposed Hamas and its aggression against the people of Israel.
Egypt and US Secretary of State Clinton guided the international efforts
that led to the understandings. Other leaders supported these efforts,
including UN Secretary-General, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, as
well as the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France.
There is great importance to the cooperation with Egypt in the new
Israel will not tolerate rocket attacks on its citizens. No country
should be expected to endure terrorist activity against its civilian
population. The international community must support Israel in its attempts to
contain the terrorist threat emanating from Gaza and not wait for an Israeli
reaction to act.
The people of Israel remained strong in the face of constant
bombardment. Their discipline in following safety instructions and the
effectiveness of the Iron Dome missile defense system meant that there were few
Israel did its upmost to avoid, as far as possible, injury to civilians.
Israel regrets the loss of life of all civilians, Israeli and Palestinian, but
places responsibility squarely on Hamas, which used the residents of Gaza as
human shields. The world witnessed Hamas' unprovoked and relentless attacks on
Israel, and the double war crime it committed time and again: targeting Israeli
civilians while firing from among its own civilians.
The crisis was managed in a responsible and clear-headed manner, despite
the complicated reality and instability in the region. Israel successfully
combined diplomacy and limited military action to achieve its goals.