SDEROT, Israel -- Raz Elraz, for the first time, will be able to take his 14-month-old son to a playground in this rocket-scarred Israeli town. A few miles away in Gaza, Palestinian teenagers ride their bicycles, and Hamas guards play pingpong.
The six-month truce that took effect Thursday was welcomed by both sides, although the Palestinian economy is still being held in check by a closed border.
The cease-fire is meant to end Palestinian rocket barrages and Israeli reprisals in Gaza that have killed more than 400 Palestinians -- many of them civilians -- and seven Israelis in fighting since the Islamic Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip a year ago. - Associated Press
Non-violence is a great thing!