The fighting has not stopped and both sides are trying to edge out each other on negotiations while still firing missiles and rockets into each other territory. Both Israel and Hamas leaders must know that the Middle East region is changing and the new sense of democratic and diplomatic moves must be adhered to in negotiations. No nation or group today can bomb its way into enemies submission, probably Iraq and Afghanistan has shown that to be evident to the world we live in. Both parties have to work out the best options which will provide adequate peace that would be nurtured for a reasonable period of time before they can sit and talk of a prosperous future where they would live side by side.
The question now is if any ceasefire is reached, for how long will the ceasefire be ad-heard to between the two parties. The foreign minister of Israel Lieberman, says he expects the ceasefire to last for between 5 and 6 years. Making those in the Middle East to wonder why both Hamas and Israel would have to re-arm themselves for the next couple of seasons. But analyst believe any slightest mistake from the other side of the divide might cause another round of conflict even while they both observe the cease fire. Many analyst believe the ceasefire can not hold effectively until Israel recognizes the fact that its right to exist in the Palestinian land depends on how it treats the Palestinians. The Palestinians have to be treated equally before there can be any improvement in the cessation of hostilities and that Israel must stops its policy of land grabbing.