BREAKING NEWS: Cease-fire Reached in Gaza

BREAKING NEWS: Cease-fire Reached in Gaza

Have you been following the fighting this week on the Gaza strip? Finally, Hamas and Israel have agreed to cease fire effective 2 p.m. EST today. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in the Middle East, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who has been mediating the talks.

It was looking very grim for days, with over 100 deaths -- most of them civilians, including children and journalists, culminating in a bus bombing Wednesday morning, injuring 27 people.

Nov. 21, 2012 - Ramallah, West Bank, Palestinian Territory - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) walks with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat (R) before her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 21, 2012. Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops (Credit Image: © Issam Rimawi/APA Images/ZUMAPRESS.com)

With all this fighting taking place during the lull between the Presidential elections and the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, perhaps you haven’t been following the events. Here are some helpful primers on the ongoing conflict:

The Washington Post has answers to 9 Questions about Israel-Gaza that you were too embarrassed to ask.

PBS Newshour has an explanation from the Council on Foreign Relations on What is Hamas?

And Salon and Global Post explain How did it come to this?

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the violence in the Middle East. As Americans head into the season of Thanksgiving and hoping for peace on earth, how do you feel about the latest conflict on the Gaza strip? Do you think the cease-fire will lead to any lasting solutions?

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

Related Posts

Hillary Clinton's New Website: Sure Looks Presidential

Is she? Or isn't she? Hillary Clinton's new website, HillaryClintonOffice.com sure looks Presidential. The site, which was created on January 31 -- the day before she stepped down as Secretary of State -- doesn't mention "campaign", "2016" or "President", but look at the stately portrait of former First Lady and diplomat, and what comes to your mind? Image Credit: HillaryClintonOffice.com   Read more >

President Obama in Israel: How to Follow Online

President Obama is in the midst of his first ever diplomatic visit to Israel since taking office in 2009. It's being considered a long overdue public relations move, more to win the hearts and minds of the people of the Middle East, than to negotiate any policy details. And both the White House and the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres are taking their messages directly to the Internet.   Read more >

Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Cookstoves, Cookies, Diplomacy and Dancing

Let’s start with cook stoves. Shortly after she became Secretary of State, Hillary decided to tackle a decidedly unglamorous problem. The toxic effects on women and children from billions of polluting cook stoves. The smoke from dirty stoves and fires kills nearly 2 million people a year, more than twice as many as malaria. They’re also an environmental menace and expose women in conflict-ridden areas to danger when they’re out gathering wood. Still, in the world of diplomacy, this was hardly a sexy issue like solving the Israel-Palestinian problem. (Can you imagine a male Secretary of State caring a whit about cook stoves?)   Read more >

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.