Rescue teams are endangered. Bomb explode near them. Two paramedics were wounded. Some emergency centers and clinics sustained heavy damage.
During Cast Lead, Israel targeted hospitals, ambulances, and medical workers. Apparently it's happening again. World leaders give Israel carte blanche to commit murder with impunity. As NATO members, they have plenty of blood on their own hands.
On November 18, WND.com Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein headlined "Claim: Israeli Official to Cairo for Truce Talks," saying:
An unnamed Egyptian official said a senior Israeli military figure is in Cairo for truce talks. Hamas' Political Bureau Chairman Khaled Mashal and Deputy Political Bureau head Mousa Abu Marzook are involved.
They want Israel's land and and sea blockade ended "as a precondition for any truce." Short of it, ceasefire terms are meaningless.
Israel can halt current attacks and resume them anytime. Gazans suffer horrendously under siege. It's lawless. Ending it is essential. Israel, of course, won't agree. World leaders should demand it, but don't.
Hamas also wants "an internationally-backed guarantee against further Israeli strikes"."
Israel guarantees nothing. It doesn't negotiate. It demands. Its pledges aren't worth the paper they're written on. What follows remains to be seen. Expect nothing positive for beleaguered Gazans.
Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) said "daylong bargaining (occurred) Saturday among Washington, Jerusalem, Cairo and Gaza."
Talks failed to reach ceasefire terms. According to an unnamed Western source, more time is needed to determine possibilities.
DF said Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is involved. It's hard imagining he's not. He's Palestine's democratically elected leader.
Israel and Washington "insist that a ceasefire be signed (by America), Egypt, Turkey and Israel, and exclude Hamas, which would be bound by a separate agreement with Cairo."
Netanyahu officials want Washington "to act as guarantor for a ceasefire." Erdogan invited Vladimir Putin to be party to what's ongoing.
Hamas "rejected all of Israel's terms." Like all Israeli deals, they're one-sided and meaningless. Palestinians never had a legitimate peace partner. Decades of futility prove why.
At the same time, Israel denied reports about its negotiator heading for Cairo. A possible ground operation is delayed. Netanyahu promised Obama he'll hold off unless Hamas escalates strikes or causes significant casualties.
As more information becomes available, follow-up reports will discuss it. Hamas won't agree to one-sided terms. Israel murdered Qassam Brigades head Ahmed Jabari to avoid peace.