Israel: Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement underway

A barrage of rockets fired from Gaza to Israel are seen in the sky over Gaza City before the ceasefire agreement, May 13, 2023. An official in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement (PIJ) announced on Saturday that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement had been reached between the movement and Israel in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Saturday evening, expressing appreciation for Egypt’s efforts to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

“National Security Council (NSC) Director Tzachi Hanegbi, on instruction from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and expressed the appreciation of the State of Israel for Egypt’s intensive efforts to secure a ceasefire,” said the statement.

The NSC director made it clear that Israel’s acceptance of the Egyptian initiative means that “quiet will be met with quiet”, and that if Israel is attacked or threatened, it will continue to do everything it needs to defend itself, the statement added.

About two hours earlier, the PIJ said it had reached an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement to end the five-day bloody round of confrontations. ■

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