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This will end with talking, so let’s have a ceasefire now

The Times

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Narrated by Sara Tor

Gaza needs a ceasefire now. The majority of our MPs couldn’t call for this in the vote last Wednesday, but I’m not afraid to say it: the conflict in the Middle East needs to stop immediately.

I’m aware that Israel may be hesitant; that in its eyes, downing weapons just gives Hamas a chance to relock and reload for further massacres. I get it. But have we all forgotten what a ceasefire actually is? It doesn’t mean guerrilla warfare on a Monday and then everyone back in the office, sending emails and downing coffee on a Tuesday as if weeks of death hadn’t just occurred. A ceasefire is cold, hard negotiation — negotiation that must include the release of hostages and the vow that both