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Al Jazeera's Gregg Carlstrom reports on the situation in Jerusalem, just after the ceasefire is supposed to take hold

Last modified: 21 Nov 2012 23:00

Al Jazeera's Gregg Carlstrom reports on the situation in Jerusalem, just after the ceasefire is supposed to take hold:

It's after 9pm here in Israel and Palestine, which means the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has gone into effect - on paper, at least.

Both sides tried to get in a final barrage in the last hour or so. Dozens of rockets were fired at southern Israel; most landed in empty areas, or were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, though one did hit a house in Be'er Sheva. Nobody was hurt.

Contacts in Gaza reported a wave of Israeli airstrikes, with at least one Palestinian killed and three others injured.

It will likely be a few hours before we know whether the truce holds. A few rockets were fired from Gaza in the minutes immediately after 9pm.

How is news of the deal being received here in Israel? Not well. A snap poll from Channel 2 news found 70 per cent of the Israeli public opposed to the deal, with just 24 per cent in favour. 

That tracks with my own reporting from the past few days: Israelis have mixed feelings about a ground invasion of Gaza, but a strong majority of the people I've interviewed oppose a deal that doesn't include major concessions from Hamas.

But the deal agreed today in Cairo includes almost no significant promises from either side. Both agreed to "stop all aggression" - which is the definition of a ceasefire, not a concession - and Israel offered an extremely vague promise to loosen its border crossings with Gaza. That doesn't seem sufficient to satisfy the Israeli public.