Mr. Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States. He makes excellent points in this video posted on July 3, 2014 explaining Israel’s positions on the war in Gaza, negotiations and Hamas, et al.
The current unanimous ceasefire demands of the various Palestinian factions — which have not honored any previous Gaza ceasefires — are summarized here.
The document detailing the Palestinian conditions, which was drafted by representatives of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian groups, called, among other things, for a cease-fire in return for an immediate Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.
The document calls for an end to Israeli “incursions, invasions, assassinations, house shelling and flights over the Gaza Strip,” the sources told the Palestinian news agency Safa.
Palestinian demands include lifting the siege, reopening the border crossings, and allowing construction material into the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians are also demanding free passage between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, freedom of fishing within 12 miles of the coast, reopening the Palestinian airport in the southern Gaza Strip, construction of a seaport and cancellation of buffer zones along the border with Israel.
The document calls for cancelling all measures taken by Israel following the abduction and killing of three Israeli youths in the West Bank in June, including the release of all former prisoners who were rounded up by the IDF since then.
The Palestinians are demanding that the Palestinian “national consensus” government, which was formed following the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas last April, embark on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip in cooperation with the United Nations. The document also calls for donor countries to hold an international conference to discuss providing financial aid for rebuilding the Gaza Strip.
If their demands were met, Hamas, et al
could would rearm and otherwise resupply, rebuild the tunnels into Israel that the IDF destroyed, construct new tunnels and generally prepare for further attacks on Israel at their convenience. As I observed in posting the quoted article at Warsclerotic, “They neglected to include a demand that Israel commit ritual suicide as well. That must have been an oversight.”