Obama’s Gaza Ceasefire Leaves Israel Unable to Control its Border

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Ceasefires, they’re great because they give one side a chance to reload and the other side a nervous count until the next attack happens, to be followed by another conflict and another ceasefire.

“Between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. there are hundreds and possibly thousands of people roaming near the fence, including uniformed Hamas men,” a soldier told Channel 2. His identity was disguised to avoid trouble from the IDF.

“They crossed the fence several times and went into our forces’ positions and destroyed IDF property. The forces cannot push them away from the fence because they may not even fire in the air.”

A female soldier who is stationed near the fence also spoke to the TV channel, with her voice distorted to prevent identification.

“Let us say that the communities in the area are not safe now,” she said. “If some armed madman decides to cross the fence he can cross it. It endangers our soldiers because they are exposed along the fence. At any given moment, if they want, they can now fire an antitank weapon at them and hit them easily.”

The ceasefire has actually made Israel’s position worse than before while improving Hamas’ position.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The borders are about as safe as those with the wild west, but with exponentially more lethal weaponry. Nevertheless, Israel's poohbahs insist otherwise, hewing to the prescribed talking points.

    Well, if thousands of Gazans are now allowed within spitting distance of the fence- per the 'cease/death fire' 'understandings' – then one must assume (if one is not comatose) that its underpinnings are NOT in Israel's favor. And if the standing orders are now to 'stand down', to hold their fire at all costs, then how exactly is this a good thing for Israel? Exactly.

    But, spineless leaders do what they do best – they cave! http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/23/spineless-lea

    And PM Netanyahu's sister-in-law, Daphne Netanyahu, analyzes what lies behind Israel's decision-making process -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/27/pm-netanyahus-sister-in-law-daphne-netanyahu-brilliantly-exposes-israels-own-tyranny-of-cliches-adina-kutnicki/, which directly led to the insane 'cease/death fire'.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/ Daryl Davis

    Israel has no obligation to maintain a ceasefire when under attack or the victim of property crime. Do we impose ceasefires upon their police too? But if it's politically necessary to avoid the use of firearms, perhaps bows and arrows or old fashioned rock slings would serve the same purpose — and hold to the ceasefire just as closely as the Gazans are doing so.
    http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/2

    • Ar'nun

      Israel is held to a different standard than anyone else who has ever been under a Cease-Fire agreement. If any Palestinian gets so much as a paper cut caused by any Israeli, they will be condemned globally.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Gee, maybe they could throw rocks if they train their children to do so in plain clothes?

  • riverboatbill

    If anyone wants to see Obama's views on border control in action, look at the SW border of the USA. This is what political corruption and appeasement bring.

  • Mary Sue

    Hey, Obama. Chamberlain and 1938 called. They want their foreign policy back.

  • http://twitter.com/Kenrick66 @Kenrick66

    Anyone who has read or is a fan of "The Walking Dead" comics or TV series will understand that Netanyahu has funamentally made a deal with the flesh and guts-eating zombies of Gaza and Hamas. That's really going to work. What was he thinking?

  • Arlie

    Maybe 0 intimated to Mr. Netanyahu that the UN vote is coming up and a….

    To me there is no way Israel should have backed down. The longer they wait the worse it gets. All of Israel should gather together like 2 Chronicles 20.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “They crossed the fence several times and went into our forces’ positions and destroyed IDF property. The forces cannot push them away from the fence because they may not even fire in the air.”

    Welcome to liberal land.