- Official Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire details: Hamas failed to secure any core demands, accepted long-offered Egyptian terms
Hamas was forced to accept a ceasefire with Israel without securing any of its core demands - an end to import restrictions on the Gaza Strip, salaries for Hamas operatives, the release of captured terrorists, the construction of a sea port, and so on - despite the group having long insisted that it would not cease fighting until those conditions were met, according to details of the deal officially revealed on Wednesday. Rumors on Tuesday had already seemed to indicate as much, and soon afterward Israeli political correspondent Haviv Rettig Gur was able to print that quite literally "all reports of the ceasefire's stipulations" indicated that Hamas had not received its demands. Veteran Israeli military analyst Yossi Melman bluntly assessed that "Hamas was forced to accept Egyptian and Israeli dictates," noting that "the cease-fire is unlimited in time and Hamas was not promised anything except that which had been offered at the start of the military campaign." Melman estimated that the terror group had simply and straightforwardly "miscalculated," eventually costing it 80% of its rocket arsenal, its offensive tunnel network, and at least three of its top military commanders. Melman also suggested that Gazans, frustrated with the destruction triggered by Hamas's repeated gambits, may begin to turn on representatives of the group. The predictions of growing anger may prove tenable. A Hamas negotiator involved in the ceasefire talks reportedly had both of his legs broken over what seems to have been an internal dispute regarding the truce terms, a development that Israeli analyst Ehud Ya'ari contextualized by noting - per the Times of Israel - that 'despite Haniyeh’s confident remarks, Operation Protective Edge set back Hamas’s military infrastructure by 5-10 years.' Other reports indicated that Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was beaten when he tried to give a speech at Shifa Hospital, as women shouted at him that he was hiding in the building while their sons had been killed.
“The year Tarpupu” is a Hebrew phrase that means “a long, long time ago”. Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, its linguistic origins are shrouded in history but, according to researcher Ora (Rodrigue) Schwarzwald, it is most likely a corruption of the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) phrase, “Del tiempo de mi tatara-papa”, meaning “[in] the time of my great-grandfather”. So when Itai Gil got involved in collecting nostalgic items from modern Israel’s past, Tarpupu seemed the perfect name for what he terms “a collection that became a way of life“. Gil’s traveling exhibition of items from days gone by can be seen at various fairs around Israel, as well as on display as educational activities at schools, or rented out as props to film and theater sets. They are also for sale to those with a passion for the past. Last week, however, Tarpupu hit the big time with the first Israeli Nostalgia Festival at the perfect venue: Jerusalem’s newly refurbished First Train Station. The Tarpupu Festival presented all aspects of everyday life as it once was. Along with Gil’s gallery of memorabilia, there were actors in period costume playing out scenes that were once common and today have all but disappeared — the neighborhood laundress scrubbing vigorously over a tin tub, paperboys, bicycle repairmen, dressmakers — and, of course, the equipment that went with those professions. There were musical performances, as well as long-forgotten dishes and drinks (glass of gazoz, anyone?). Children were exposed to rotary dial phones, typewriters, phonographs and — from the pre-selfie era — the concept of getting your picture taken by a photographer. There was even a Susita on display, the first and only Israeli-made sedan automobile. The festival was an initiative of the Ministry for Senior Citizens, together with the Municipality of Jerusalem, for the purpose of strengthening inter-generational connections and promoting recreational activities for the elderly in Israel. Other partners included the Jerusalem Youth Authority, the National Library, the Council for the Advancement of Israeli Heritage Values, Nostalgia Online, Motke (an online portal for the age 50-plus community), the Jewish National Fund, and others. (via Israel21c)
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