Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The word is "Tahdi'eh"

I couldn't find the right word to describe the Israel/Hamas negotiations. Helena Cobban furnished the word tahdi'eh. Arabic, I suppose.

Anyway, the story was mentioned in passing this morning on the radio. It strikes me as very important because it talks about negotiation instead of conflict, but even if negotiations lead to another stage of conflict resolution between Israel and Hamas it won't make many headlines. Peacemaking rarely does.


• The truce takes effect at 6 a.m. Thursday (11 p.m. EDT Wednesday).
• All Gaza-Israel violence stops. After three days, Israel eases its blockade on Gaza, allowing more vital supplies in.
• A week later, Israel further eases restrictions at cargo crossings.
• In the final stage, talks are conducted about opening the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt and a prisoner exchange to free Cpl. Gilad Schalit, held by Hamas-affiliated groups for two years.

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