Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire

Obama on the phone to Netanyahu with key pledge

Obama on the phone to Netanyahu with key pledge

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, DEBKAfile reports. The conversation, which finally tipped the scales for a ceasefire, took place on a secure line Wednesday morning, just hours before it was announced in Cairo. The US and Israeli leaders spoke at around the time that a terrorist was blowing up a Tel Aviv bus, injuring 27 people.

Obama’s pledge addressed Israel’s most pressing demand in every negotiating forum on Gaza: Operation Pillar of Cloud’s main goal was a total stoppage of the flow of Iranian arms and missiles to the Gaza Strip. They were smuggled in from Sudan and Libya through southern Egypt and Sinai. Hostilities would continue, said the prime minister, until this object was achieved.

Earlier, US officials tried unsuccessfully to persuade Israel to accept Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s personal guarantee to start launching effective operations against the smugglers before the end of the month. The trio running Israel’s Gaza campaign, Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, were willing to take Morsi at his word, except that Israeli security and intelligence chiefs assured them that Egypt has nothing near the security and intelligence capabilities necessary for conducting such operations.


Confirming articles:

Netanyahu agreed to ceasefire after Obama promised US troops in Sinai next week?

Mistrust runs deep in Gaza after Israel breaches ceasefire agreement

All confirming articles at this time place their source as Debka

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9 years ago

I wish you would provide some links to this.

9 years ago
Reply to  DRenegade

Ahh, thanks.


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9 years ago

Sorry this is bogus information . The troops heading to the Sinai next week are part a continuous deployment of troops that has been ongoing since 1980 has nothing to do with this latest escalation or so called promises from President Obama