It doesn't appear to be working out exactly the way Obama wanted. First, Israel did not cooperate by pulling back attacks when the Administration requested it to do so. Netanyahu told the Obama Administration to never second guess him as to Hamas. The Administration responded with a statement from Shadow President Valerie Jarrett condemning Israel for an alleged attack on a U.N. operated school. (Hamas has been hiding rockets in the U.N. schools, suggesting that the U.N. has been conspiring with Hamas, but that is a different story). Now Hamas has agreed to a cease fire--with negotiations to be conducted in Cairo. Nevertheless, according to the article:
Hamas is seeking a full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory, the release of Hamas prisoners held by Israel and international assistance in the reconstruction of Gaza.In other words, Hamas wants free reign to conduct terrorist attacks in Israel (and probably Egypt, as well), and wants the U.S. to pay for their weapons. Now the Administration is trying to play nice with Israel, probably so it can have greater influence over the terms of any "peace" deal.