This is from antiwar.com.
As this article notes, as long as the fighting continues accepting the ceasefire in principle means very little. Israel also accepted it in principle but now after many delays is sending someone to listen. With the pending Israeli election there seems to be a race to see who can claim to be the hardest liner of all! Olmert seems to be out in front!
Hamas Accepts Cairo Ceasefire Proposal ‘In Principle’
Israel to Send Official to Cairo Tomorrow to "Listen"
Posted January 14, 2009
The struggling Egyptian ceasefire effort for the Gaza Strip seems to have finally made some meaningful progress after a week of backdoor wrangling, as Hamas has accepted the deal “in principle,” though they said they had reservations about some of the terms and were waiting for Israel to respond.
Israeli officials too seem to be warming to the idea of ending their attacks, with the notable exception of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Tomorrow the Israeli government will finally send Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad to Cairo, after days of delay. Olmert’s office says Gilad will “primarily listen” on the visit, but will likely reiterate Israel’s demands.
Still, one mustn’t forget that Israel too agreed to the Cairo initiative “in principle” a week ago and has killed hundreds of people since then, making such agreements virtually meaningless until they actually translate into a halt in the attacks. International sentiment may be for a halt to the attacks, but it has been for weeks now and has netted little in the way of results.
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