In talks late last week, a new peace agreement has been decided by the government’s of Palestine and Israel, which intends to cease the divergence for at least seventy-two hours. For many, this aims to bring a permanent resolution to the divergence. The peace agreement began on Sunday night at 10pm GMT and has held throughout. This shows constructive signs for the countries as previous agreements have been challenged in lasting their agreed terms.
The peace agreement allows humanitarian aid to reach those challenged by the divergence to provide medical attention; it also minimises and prevents further challenging situations such as these. Additionally, those who have been evacuated from their homes can return safely whilst the peace agreement holds.
Importantly, the peace agreement allows the governments of both Palestine and Israel to communicate. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, who has been influential in the campaign to agree peace for Gaza, has stated that the peace agreement will offer a ‘chance to agree on a durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations’. The truce has brought about an Israeli delegation that has met in Cairo to discuss and negotiate a coherent and lasting peace agreement for Gaza. A Palestinian delegation has also formed and has been in talks with Egyptian intelligence mediators who will work to communicate between the two countries.
The fact that the two countries share a mediator is a constructive sign for the developments of this situation, it may allow for a decrease in the divergence and for views and opinions to be aired freely and subsequently resolved whilst being discussed in a manner suitable for both parties. It might be said that the work of Egypt’s government may be celebrated in recognising the urgency of a lasting agreement for the civilians of both Palestine and Israel. Egypt’s government proposed the peace agreement, demonstrating constructive signs for their productive affect in the situation.
It appears that those in power are working tirelessly for the benefit of those residing in Gaza, for future generations and for the welfare of the world as a whole. In a recent statement, Egypt’s foreign ministry encouraged Palestine and Israel to continue the mediator assisted communications and ‘work towards a comprehensive and lasting ceasefire agreement’. The support of governments and humanitarian forces all over the world have also helped to urge the parties to reach this point and create lasting peace. This strong chorus of voices and action may aid the talks to develop momentum and head in a productive direction.
Another productive aspect of the situation is the abundant coverage of the developments. This has allowed for awareness to be brought about on social media, it also allows the correct information to reach those who might make a difference such as humanitarian institutions who have worked with governments and civilians to aid the challenge and additionally set up peace campaigns via email communications, peaceful protests and teams entering the districts to provide medical and communicative attention to those affected. The strategies employed in the Palestine and Israel divergence may provide an effective template to demonstrate how similar situations might be dealt with in the future, the globalisation of which may reach many.
It is often said that knowledge is power, this might be viewed through the situation in Gaza, the more citizens who are aware of the situation and the more institutions and governments who are informed might increase the amount of aid available. It may be viewed as productive to witness that each outside force contributing to the peace agreement has a joint aim: to bring the divergence to a close and create a peaceful, safe environment for both the governments and the citizens of Gaza, Israel and Palestine.
What are the productive aspects to the new agreement by Israel and Palestine?