Obama’s Hamas Ceasefire Leads to Increased Weapons Smuggling

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 with terrorist groups are great… for terrorist groups. Not so much for those trying to fight them. The “ceasefire” that Obama pressured Israel into has meant easing up controls on weapons smuggling into Gaza. And that’s great news for… terrorists. (Jihad Watch)

The truce is to lead to a new border deal for Gaza, with Egypt hosting indirect talks between Israel and Hamas. Israel has shunned Hamas as a terrorist group and refuses to negotiate with it directly.

Israeli demands that Hamas halt weapons smuggling into Gaza, while Hamas seeks free movement for people and goods in and out of Gaza.

After the Hamas takeover in 2007, Israel and then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sealed Gaza to isolate the Islamic militants and make it harder for them to govern.

The restrictions have since been eased because of international pressure on Israel and because of regime change in Egypt. Both Hamas and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, elected earlier this year, are members of the region-wide Muslim Brotherhood movement.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Sounds like a familiar agreement, Islamists start war and in the midst of having their heads
    handed to them their enablers scream for ceasefire and the result is a weaker Israeli
    defense, less security and a bad rap from the UN, World Press and other paid off parties.
    Another chance to cleans the Israeli border and correct a noxious mistake riding the
    political banana peel of disorientation to a long term vulnurability. Clinton and Morsi,
    two people that do not have Israel's interest at heart have grandstanded and come up
    with further delay and obfuscation of security, Israel did not need anyone to tell it how
    to clear out the terrorists, why is it delay is seen as advancement?…………….William

  • PaulRevereNow

    What did Hilary Clinton threaten Israel with; such that Israel agreed to a ceasefire? Only a matter of time before the rockets start landing in Israel again.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Hill likely threatened to hammer and tong Israel via the UN, and via Israel's plans for Iran. In other words, it is not for nothing that the highest commander in the US military intoned, Washington will not be 'complicit' in any Israeli pre-emption. In other words, having 'Israel's back' takes on new and sinister meaning.

      As to the weapons smuggling, no one believes it will cease, lest of all the Islamist-in-Chief. And the fact that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Prez 'promised' to help stop the smuggling, is a bigger lie than all the rest.

      However, if the plan is to strangle Israel by a thousand cuts, then of course the POTUS & Morsi are in sync. After all, who in their right, center or left mind believes the POTUS wants a good outcome for Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/12/the-islamist-

      And this is quite revealing too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/12/egypts-brothe

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

  • Mary Sue

    These ceasefires are so freaking pointless (practically speaking, in terms of long-term "peace" they are 100% useless).

    Increased weapons smuggling…gee, I wonder why?