Palestinians say truce reached with Israel to end deadly violence


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited wounded soldiers at a hospital in southern Israel on Monday after a weekend of hostilities, where the Israeli leader said that the "rules of the game" have changed in the Gaza Strip.

Indeed, by the end of the weekend, the number of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza reached 690, according to the IDF.

Bezalel Smotrich, a member of Israel's United Right party, recently took to Twitter, saying that the "round in Gaza should have ended with 700 dead terrorists (one for every rocket) and with massive physical damage to Hamas - so it would take them years to recover".

Though most were intercepted by the country's defense "Iron Dome" defense system, at least four Israelis were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed in the attacks.

The fighting was the worst seen in Gaza for five years, and threatened to spill over into an all-out, protracted war as in 2014, which appeared to suit neither side. In a series of tweets Sunday, the president denounced rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic jihad against Israel.

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Brig. Gen. "D" also said that "What's special here is that we thwarted this threat under fire". It is an Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist organization that "seeks the destruction of Israel", according to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

The upsurge in violence came at a particularly sensitive time for both sides.

On Sunday, Hamas and Isreali leadership agreed to a ceasefire.

Israel said it responded with airstrikes against more than 320 military targets in Gaza.

The measures included extending Gaza's fishing zone, allowing worldwide and Arab investment and job creation projects, improving electricity supply and broadening the amount and variety of goods moved into the enclave through Israel.

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said a "return to calm" was possible if Israel committed to implementing the "understandings" that had been reached. "Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families".

"The Israeli occupation has to recognise that the Palestinian resistance will not accept leaving the Palestinians suffering forever". Short-range rockets targeting the Gaza periphery gave way to more powerful rockets aimed at Beer Sheva and Ashdod, some of the largest cities in southern Israel.

In Gaza, Israeli strikes toppled buildings as high as seven stories. "We have the ability to run away, but in Gaza they can't go anywhere".

Hamas has said it has also asked Israel to stop the use of live ammunition against the weekly demonstrations of Palestinian residents on the border fence with Israel. "Eurovision set the agenda and not us, the residents of the south", said Ofer Liberman, from Nir-am, a kibbutz - or agricultural village - near northern Gaza. "Israel has the absolute right to defend itself & the USA stands by our great ally Israel".

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