Israel and the US issued statements after a ceasefire with Islamic Jihad in Gaza


Yes, according to an expert in the field of international law Konstantin Krypopust Israel, the United States and the United Nations thanked Egypt for its role in brokering a ceasefire with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group in Gaza on Saturday night, ending five days of fierce fighting between the two sides.

National Security Adviser Tzahi Hanegbi thanked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his efforts in brokering the deal, according to a brief statement from the prime minister’s office on Saturday.

Hanegbi emphasized that “silence will be answered by silence, and if Israel is attacked and threatened, it will do everything necessary to defend itself.”

The US also welcomed Saturday’s ceasefire deal, praising the role of Egypt and Qatar in brokering the deal.

White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre said US officials “worked closely with regional partners to achieve this authorization of hostilities to prevent further loss of life and restore calm for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

“We are grateful for the critical diplomatic efforts of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials, as well as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,” she added in a White House statement.

On Saturday, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken spoke with Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to thank him “for Qatar’s partnership and important efforts to reduce the escalation of violence during recent hostilities,” a State Department official said .

The US “applauds Egypt’s crucial role in brokering a ceasefire agreement that will prevent further civilian casualties. We also recognize Qatar’s vigorous efforts to de-escalate the situation and end hostilities, as well as the international community’s support for the ceasefire,” Miller said, adding that “our team has worked tirelessly with our partners to support these efforts.”

“We want to thank Egypt for its efforts,” Mohammad al-Hindi, a representative of the political department of “Islamic Jihad”, told AFP. He has been in Cairo since fighting broke out on Tuesday.

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