Ceasefire Goes Up In Flames

palestiniansAn attempted ceasefire brokered by Egypt has literally gone up in flames. Right after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, which Israel accepted, was due to go into effect, Hamas and its co-jihadists gave their answer by firing multiple rockets from Gaza aimed at Israeli civilians. Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, declared that its attacks against Israel would “increase in ferocity and intensity.” That is one promise they have managed to keep.

Israel waited six hours after the truce was supposed to have gone into effect before resuming its narrowly targeted air campaign against Hamas’s infrastructure, rocket launching and storage facilities, and Hamas operatives. “Hamas has fired 47 rockets since we suspended our strikes in Gaza [this morning]. As a result, we have resumed our operation against Hamas,” an Israeli military statement said.  Scores more rockets were fired by Hamas following that statement, including in the direction of Tel Aviv. Hamas’s continued attacks claimed the first Israeli fatality. Shrapnel from a mortar shell is reported to have killed a rabbi.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after Hamas had rejected the Egyptian truce proposal, “Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision. When there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire.”

According to Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, Egypt’s proposal had called for high-level discussions in Cairo to begin within 48 hours, presumably mediated by Egypt in separate sessions with representatives from each party. The objective would have been to reinforce a temporary ceasefire with further confidence-building measures. After Egypt first advanced its proposal for a ceasefire and stepped forward to lead a mediation effort between Israel and Hamas, Secretary of State John Kerry was dispatched to Cairo to take part in the negotiations.  He was ordered to turn around and return to the U.S. before reaching his destination.  DEBKAfile has reported that, according to its sources in Washington, “the real reason the White House pulled Kerry out of another certain fiasco in the nick of time was incoming intelligence that Tehran had ordered its Palestinian pawn Jihad Islami to ignore the ceasefire and keep on shooting from Gaza. This left Hamas no option but to follow suit.”

Israel showed its willingness to halt its military actions to explore the possibility of negotiations. Hamas, under apparent pressure from its state sponsor Iran and other jihadist groups, summarily rejected the ceasefire proposal.

Past ceasefires, such as the one that brought a halt to hostilities between Hamas and Israel in November 2012, have proven to be short-lived. Indeed, Israel finds itself in this position every few years, and it follows the same formula: Hamas attacks, Israel responds militarily to defend itself and protect its civilians, the “international community” condemns Israel, and then a ceasefire is negotiated that solves nothing. Such ceasefires have only served to give Hamas more time and space to rebuild its arsenal with more sophisticated, longer-range rockets. And the international community has further complicated matters by legitimizing Hamas’s role as part of the “unity” Palestinian government.

Hamas and its allies claim that the only way they would agree to halt their rocket attacks this time is if all of their demands are first met, including that Israel unconditionally open all border crossings between Israel and Gaza, re-open Gaza’s sea port and release detained Hamas operative prisoners.  That is not going to happen anytime soon. Opening the borders and lifting the lawful sea blockade of Gaza while Hamas remains in charge of Gaza is tantamount to inviting unrestrained wholesale attacks against Israeli civilians from all directions.

Moreover, Hamas is in no position to insist on anything. Unlike 2012, when Egypt was ruled by the friendly Muslim Brotherhood-aligned government of former President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, considers the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Hamas as terrorist organizations. Thus, Egypt has closed its own border crossing with Gaza and destroyed Hamas’s cross-border smuggling tunnels. Moreover, Hamas, which governs Gaza, is very low on cash. Its Palestinian unity government partner, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to pay 50,000 Gaza government workers.

As for relying on Hamas’s rocket fire and the diplomatic initiatives of the Palestinian Authority to pressure Israel into accepting Hamas’s terms, Hamas is so far striking out. While Israeli civilians have been largely protected by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket campaign is backfiring – literally. Aside from Palestinian civilian casualties caused by Hamas’s deliberate use of its own civilians as human shields, one of Hamas’s rockets managed to knock out the primary electric lines in Israel that deliver electricity into parts of southern Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu is in no hurry to direct Israel’s electricity company to risk the lives of its workmen by going out to fix what Hamas destroyed. As a result, about 70,000 people have been without power in Gaza.

Diplomatically, Hamas’s intransigence is beginning to wear thin even on Abbas and other Palestinian Authority officials, although they have run interference for Hamas at the UN and are said to be seeking judicial remedies against Israel for alleged “war crimes.” Last Friday, even before Hamas’s rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, Abbas criticized Hamas on a Palestinian TV station for firing rockets at Israel. “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” he asked. “We prefer to fight with wisdom and politics.”  In an interview with a Lebanese television network, Abbas lamented that “We are the losing side.”

While condemning Israel for alleged “crimes against humanity,” the Palestinian representative at the UN Human Rights Council Ibrahim Khreisheh was actually quoted as saying last week: “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel – each and every missiles (sic) constitutes a crime against humanity whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at a civilian targets.”

For its part, Hamas has lashed out at Abbas, calling him “a criminal” and “a Likud member,” according to the Jerusalem Post.  Hamas is managing to torpedo the fragile Palestinian unity government all by itself.

In order for there to be any possibility of a durable truce going forward, Israel is reportedly insisting first on the establishment of an effective internationally monitored mechanism to remove and destroy all of the rockets and mortar weapons found in Gaza as well as all production facilities for such weapons. Moreover, there must be strong security protections in place at all border crossings before they can be opened for anything other than pure humanitarian relief.

Secretary of State Kerry has reportedly offered to fly to Cairo if that could help advance the prospects for a ceasefire. At the same time, Kerry said that the Obama administration would be open to extending the July 20 deadline for a final nuclear accord with Iran. Both would be a mistake under present circumstances. Kerry would be wasting his time in Egypt. No durable ceasefire will be possible so long as Iran is effectively preventing any successful ceasefire negotiations by continuing to incite Hamas and other jihadists to carry out their war with Israel as proxies for Iran.  Moreover, Iran has no intention of ending its nuclear arms development program and is only using the negotiations as a stall tactic.

Israel tried in good faith to bring an end to the cycle of violence by accepting Egypt’s proposal for an immediate ceasefire. Even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged in a statement “Israel’s readiness to accept the ceasefire proposal.” Hamas, by contrast, relentlessly continued its dance with death. In the same statement, the Secretary General said that he “calls on Hamas to cooperate with the Egyptian initiative.”

It is up to Hamas and its cohorts to stop the rocket attacks immediately and accept the terms of the ceasefire proposal put forth by Egypt. Only then will the suffering that the Palestinian people are now being forced to endure because of the jihadists’ reckless actions have any chance of lessening.

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  • Elizabeth capecod

    To paraphrase PM Netanyahu –
    If anti-Israel militants stopped warring, there would be no more war.
    If Israel stopped warring, there would be no more Israel.

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  • Lanna

    Everybody get it through your heads and let it be embedded in your brains….Hamas and Islam does not want peace, they are liars who propose false peace agreements to regroup, rearm, and re-supply. They are demons of the Pit!

    • Sam197859

      All religions are like that. Stop making excuses. It is all about mind control. All religions wants wars for their own selfish issues. Get that through your head.

      • Almondrod

        This is not true. It is true of Muslims, What wars are the Buddhists known for? The Hindu’s The Jews, that are not DEFENSIVE? You merchandise in untruth.

        • Sam197859

          Actually, the main religions ( Christian, Islam and Jews) do this and the ones you just mention are spinoffs. Those religions, who spinoff from these main religions, learn to live with people without forcing their will on them.

          • Almondrod

            If you are talking of past history, yes. This is today, 2014. The muslims are war mongers, filled with hate and injustice, and terrorists. Where are the Christians fighting your war? In Africa? Egypt? The Middle East? OH! They are being murdered and massacred by the thousands. Synagogues are being burnt to the ground, while muslims are killing and maiming and taking the civilized world back to the dark ages. In the midst of all this, you accuse the Jew of starting a religious war with Judea and Sameria, on their own land? Let’s see……let me guess…………… you think that Israel is supplying the palestinians with rocket to shoot at Israeli citizens? How does this work for you Sam?

          • Sam197859

            If you have paid attention there is an on going battle in Africa involving Christians and Muslims involving converting people to follow each other competing idealogues. This has cause wars to break out. Did I ever say that Israel is supplying weapons to the Palestinians? Try this, who has a vested interest on keeping this going and will profit off of it? The main culprits are behind the curtains and are pulling the strings.

          • aspacia

            You cite zero valid sources for your claim. Sam, you are as dumb as a box of rocks. Oh, please spare me the insults as I am an academic.

          • Sam197859

            Ah,the superiority angle. I just love when a person tries to prove how smart they are by attacking someone else intelligence. Almost as worst as calling somneone a name but it is just as bad. You are really sad and I feel for you. People, like you, make me laugh when people, like you, spew this nonsense.

          • SoCalMike

            Only one religion today wages war on the 4 corners of the earth in the name of their god.
            Your comment reflects the denial and dissimulation rampant among the mentally conformed masses and elite of today.

          • Sam197859

            Wrong. It is about converting people to conform to their belief system. All religions are guilty of doing this.

          • Almondrod

            This is liberalism you are describing. Liberalism, a mental disorder. Atheism in fact has killed more people and socialism than all religions put together.

          • Sam197859

            Conservatism is a actually the true mental disorder. Thinking is a disease to them. Liberalism actually care, maybe too much, but conservatism have no clue in dealing with a changing world. That is why they are scared. A thought is hazardous to them.

          • Lanna

            No all religions do not act like Islam, or treat their women the way Islam does, especially Isis, Other religions do NOT act like pagan barbarians….The Jews are continually attacked and goaded into fighting back and the Christians as well…They aren’t trying to force people into accepting a dying and pagan religion either, by force. Islam is the one that forces its religion on everyone…You are not fooling any of us!

        • Sam197859

          History says otherwise. There is no saints but opportunists, who are only interested on what they can get by, either converting or controlling people by any means possible.

      • JamesJ

        Tis better to not post and be thought a fool, than to post and remove all doubt.

        • Sam197859

          Then you just prove your own point about yourself. All approaches to human nature, use by man, is mind control. It is about gain and not about improving your life.

      • Lanna

        You are ridiculous….who else goes around cutting off heads, burning churches, and blowing up cities….Islam has a bad reputation and they will never be trusted!

    • Johnnie the Jew

      No, one group celebrates life the other death. Now I know you can join the dots up here for yourself. And regarding mendacity. Muslims have the monopoly here hands down. It’s enshrined in their “literature”. I also think you’ve missed the point completely about the nature of peace. It’s always conditional.

      • Lanna

        I have studied this religion and read the Koran for years…it isn’t even rational. Islam destroys all that is good, …they don’t care about their people, peace or prosperity all they care about is conquest and destruction! Its so obvious, that’s why they don’t get support from nations. Read Walid Shoebat’s book…”Why I left Jihad.” See how the former Ex-Muslim left Islam. He says: Hatred develops like a drug addiction. First, you throw a stone. Then you throw a Molotov cocktail. Then you toss a bomb on top of a bank…Hatred of the Jews was my education, what I was taught each day by teachers and parents and the entire community. As for stealing the land, I will show that the land now called Israel was either owned by Jews who had started purchasing it from Arabs in the 1800s, or was government-owned and given to them under the British mandate or retained and won after Arab attacks….you cannot shut out the truth, it is becoming more and more prominent and shining like a beacon!

        • Johnnie the Jew

          Hey Lanna,don’t get me wrong. I’m with you all the way regarding Islam. You’re preaching to the converted!
          I totally agree with your analysis of what happened after the English and French divided up the “spoils” after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The Jews got shafted basically. Yip, the truth is now starting to elbow its way to the surface more and more. Talking about the “plague” here. I’m promoting it everywhere I go, even in the workplace, which is very dangerous in a dumbed down, PC, multi-cultural, dimwitted western workplaceenvironment. Anti PC shock treatment is required, at 90 !.

          • Lanna

            I understand…I’m not preaching to those who understand the works of Islam…its been the same throughout the centuries.

  • Bamaguje

    Netanyahu is not consistent. He had earlier boasted that Israel would not heed international calls for ceasefire but would finish Hamas. Yet he accepted Egypt mediated ceasefire.
    He should have since sent in IDF troops to finish off Hamas and reannex Gaza… to ensure the strip is never again used as a rocket base against Israel.

    • Joe The Gentile

      Perfect consistency is stupid. Netanyahu is smart. He partook in ceasefire for only six hours, using little, and decisively proved the point that ceasefire is useless, thus delegitamizing the calls for it.

      • Elizabeth capecod

        And yet the world STILL condemns Israel.

        • Sam197859

          because they are not saints either. Both parties are guilty.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Playing the Moral Equivalence card?

            Al Qada, ISIS, Boko Haram, Hamass, Hezbullah, Islamic Jihad, Muslim Brotherhood are as guilty as Satan.

          • Habbgun

            Love the equivalence. You must really have fun when Jihadists engage in mass murder on civilians and you have to ramp up your game. We’ve heard it all before……blah…blah…blah…..You’re not a saint either. Maybe you have sins that you should come under fire for. Wouldn’t break my heart to see it. Wouldn’t take much brainpower for me to come up with moral equivalent phrases to justify it.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            ISIS beheading prisoners is an example of Sam197859… idiocy.

          • Sam197859

            You are so entertaining. I just love your humor. What do you do for an encore?

          • Drakken

            It is very simple and obviously being black you side with the very savages that want to kill you, you either side with western civilization or you side with the savages of islam, there is no middle ground any more.

          • Sam197859

            You are amusing, bring race into this. I will no comment any further because I do not have a conversation with an idiot. Keep being a low info, lazy racist.

          • Drakken

            The only thing amusing is less than useless idiots of the left as you are. I just call folks like you what you really are, future Darwin Award winners. I used to believe that folks like you could be educated and reasoned with, those days are gone.

          • Sam197859

            That would make you an idiot to think I am not educated. The Left and the Right are extremes describe stupid in either direction. One uses ignorance and the other uses fear. Future Darwin Award winners? You’re funny. I thought the dodo was extinct but you just prove that statement wrong.

          • Habbgun

            I actually don’t think he’s black. The Facts used to post as a black man on Stormfront. I think its just a ploy to get noticed. I don’t believe Mr. Uniteus is black either. They never show concern for black issues. They sound like typical Euro left apologists.

          • Sam197859

            Oh, you got me. I am not black but a American of African descent. Now that my secret, has been expose, now tell me something, where you drop on your head when you were born? You are a joke.

          • Sam197859

            Which black concerns? The ones promoted by Al Sharpton and/or Jesse Jackson or the ones that we have as well as other races experience daily? You do know that black people are not myopic in, thinking or are you confuse by that statement?

          • American Patriot

            What about the racist “concerns” promoted by Louis Farrakhan and/or Jeremiah Wright? Do you believe they are right or not?

          • Sam197859

            They are opportunists, just like, their non black brethrens. So, what is your point?

          • Johnnie the Jew

            Arh ha, the old “two wrongs don’t make a right” fallacy. dead end circular reasoning mate. A favorite of the left and islam apologists, hence why we are where we are. Dealing with islam requires two parties with something approaching a similar intellectual and moral bandwidth to enable reasoned engagement. Again, it’s a no brainer

        • Joe The Gentile

          Some of the world does and will. But Netanyahu still made gains with this six-hour cease-fire play. It was short enough to be no operational loss, long enough to prove cease-fire futile. You may be sure he knew that Hamas would not buy it.

          • Elizabeth capecod

            He is a smart guy, unlike the savages. I’m sure he used the cease fire to show what a farce it is to the savages, and hopefully the world noticed that too.

  • Fritz

    Here’s a condition that Israel could offer to Hamas and the international community in exchange for a cease of hostilities. Hamas must immediately resign from office, leave the Gaza strip entirely, and an election date must be set two months hence. As it is now they had one Palestinian election in 2005, and haven’t had one since, so both Hamas and the PLO are presiding over illegitimate governments, and in the case of Hamas is running the Gaza strip like an armed camp. Since it is highly unlikely that Hamas will agree to these terms the IDF should continue the counter offensive and cleanse the Gaza strip of these goons.

  • The March Hare

    Obama and Kerry are going to meddle in this making it worse or more difficult than it should be.

    • Sam197859

      Like this was not done by previous regimes. This country biggest problem is taking sides and the results were expected. Strange, that you are not surprise.

      • The March Hare

        It’s constantly been done. We should take sides and it should be to support Israel. It was they who were attacked and have every right to defend themselves. If they have no right to defend themselves, then no one does which means world anarchy. We seem to be drifting in that direction.

        • Sam197859

          Again, taking sides have got us in this mess, period. Israel is not a saint, in this disagreement, which has been going on since Israel became country back in 1948. Why would you side with a country that have spied on you in the past? Again, staying neutral would have not brought this country the backlash that this country have received.

          • The March Hare

            “Why would you side with a country that have spied on you in the past?”
            Same reason we spied on them in the past, we’ve spied on Germany in the past and even very recently. Keeping an eye on everything going on around you just makes you better prepared for the unknown and unexpected. It is what you do with your intelligence that counts and determines your rightness in this world, or any other world you may believe in.

          • Sam197859

            True. That is reality because you cannot truth anyone, 100%.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Why would you side with Muslims who are at War with people all over the World?

            Are Muslims living in peace with non-Jews/non-Zionists, with Bahais, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Zoroastrians and the wrong kind of Muslim?

            Is your brain in Neutral?

          • Sam197859

            Every religion have their fringe groups, who make the main party look bad. You do not define anything base on the actions of the few. That just stupid.

          • harald eigerson

            Great Britain tried that back when they still had an empire. Jewish soldiers fought, bled and died for an empire whose rulers consistently threw them under the bus while the British pandered to groups of arabs that had to be bribed in the first world war and in the second were all set to throw a party just as soon as Rommel’s tanks made it to Alexandria, Cairo and Baghdad. Post WWII the British actively sided with the arabs, pardoned (for war crimes) Haj Amin Al-Husseini and pretty much turned a blind eye to arab mobs attecking Jews. Look at the condition of Great Britain today. Now I ask you, do you doubt the promises that G-d made in Genisis 12: 3 and Genisis 17: 1-16?

          • Sam197859

            I do not follow any man made religion. I believe spirituality and not fantasy.

          • Drakken

            One sides with Israel since they are part of the west, the goddamn inbred savages of islam are anti-civilization. So with that in mind, I’ll side with Israel anyday and twice on Sunday before I ever stand with the inbred muslims.

          • American Patriot

            You mean like the way the Soviet Union/neo-Communist Russia sides with Islamist/Baathist regimes in the Middle East?

        • Sam197859

          This is a generational thing and will not be solve for a long time until BOTH SIDES, step back and solve their own problems, together, without this country meddling. The only reason that this country is there, like the rest of the world, is oil and bases, to keep an eye on each other. If it was not that, no countries would be involved

          • The March Hare

            The meddling I was referring to regarding Kerry is the usual leftists’ stance for Israel to just take it and not defend itself. Oil is an excuse. We have oil and we aren’t allowed to go get it. That is taking sides. That is enriching the side that is the aggressors and is fulfilling the agenda of a side right here in the U.S.

          • Sam197859

            No, FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!Since when they ever say not to defend themselves? What are they REALLY defending themselves from? “We have oil and we aren’t allow to get it” What????? Anything that extracted from the ground is sold on the open market, just like anything else. It is about making money and not for your own personal use. Who is really the aggressor? That is the question. There is not saints in that region but business people trying to make money off of this.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            It’s much more than a generational thing. Islam has been at War for 1,400 years – 70 generations.

          • Sam197859

            The question is, is why? No one really know except it is always about, what you have and what I want. It comes down to land, waterways and resources and religion is just a “front” to hide the obvious. Why is it easy to sell fantasy and not reality? It easy to sell a story if you are the victor.

          • SoCalMike

            Sammy Boy, you’re clueless.
            One thing I’ve learned listening to people like you.
            Rather than admit you don’t really know, you’ll pontificate on and on pretending you do.

          • Sam197859

            Which explain the fact about you. Do some research and learn. Knowledge is power. There is no saints out here but opportunists. Stop living in la la land and see the world for what it is. That explain what people like you are really about. If you cannot see the forest from the trees then you are lost.

          • Drakken

            This gets solved when one side or the other is annihilated, time to bring total war to those Islamic savages and make them howl.

          • Sam197859

            And what would that accomplish? Nothing. It is all about business and not religion.

          • Drakken

            What would it accomplish you ask? Peace for the Jewish people, business has nothing to do with a religious war being waged by muslims against the rest of us. You commi’s sure do make a lot of excuses don’t you?

          • Sam197859

            Business drives everything, always have and always will. Never about peace, not good for business, if you are in the arms business, if you have no conflict. Religion, like any other tools, is use to divide and conquer weak will people. Who are the players, in this game, that is pulling the strings on both parties? Try thinking about that before you comment.

          • Habbgun

            What do you see as being Israel’s problem. Too Jewish for you? Not running around hoping some avatar named Sam solves its straw man problems avatar Sam is assigning to it.

            You are SUCH a typical Leftist…..

            The Leftist argument goes like this:

            1) Religion causes mankind to fight each other… its bad
            2) Religion causes discrimination against gays … its bad
            3) Religion causes women to be held back …. its bad
            4) Religion just wants to rule everyone …. its bad

            Except when it comes to Islam

            1) Islam demands warriors for Islam … its good. These are regional conflicts and they are trying to solve it
            2) Islam kills homosexuals …. its good. Its a local practice and its about time we respected other cultures
            3) Islam puts women in burkhas … its good. These women are empowered by empowering restrictions from an authentic middle eastern culture.
            4 Islam’s goal is a Caliphate supported by force not faith…..its good —- Caliphate is not descended from dead white males…..

            Leftists are true schmucks.

          • Sam197859

            No, being a hypocrite. They are just as dirty too. There is no victim in this but people on both sides of the coin. Money, power and position is the rule here. Look at the “players” involved and not just Israel and Hamas.

          • Habbgun

            BS….on your behalf. You can be cynical about governments but you are no better. In fact you are far, far worse. You engage in moral equivalence just for a quick self satisfied thrill.

            I noticed you totally ignored what I said above. Tells me all I need to know about you. You are a rather worthless tool.

          • Sam197859

            You know nothing about me but keep on assuming. I am more complex than you will ever know. Please, keep me laughing because I am enjoying it. As far as government, they are all the same. It is about power, unconditional.

          • Sam197859

            Nope I did not ignore your BS. You just ignore my response.

          • Drakken

            So your a communist, how utopian of you.

          • Sam197859

            Nope, a realist.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Don’t take sides? Don’t fight national socialism, islamofascism?

        You are a tool.

        • Habbgun

          Typical “white” man first idiocy. With themselves as the aggrieved self pitying victim. Ever go to a site populated by

          Paulbots. They all talked that way. Now Rand Paul is the biggest leading light for amnesty. These clowns were used. They were used because the Pauls understood they were easily manipulated and abused. Time to abuse those suckers ourselves. Its all they are good for. Ask their leaders Ron and Rand. They saw stupid and they used ‘em hard and fast.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            I don’t trust anything Randy Paul says.

            Consider he is the son of MORON Paul.

        • Sam197859

          What???????? You have socialism in your capitalist system, along with fascism. Why do you think that is? Islam fascism? You listen to too much Rush Limbaugh.

          • American Patriot

            And you watch too much Michael Moore “documentaries”.

          • Sam197859

            Nope, it is called common sense. If you did not have these two elements in place then you will have abuses. Human nature is your enemy.

          • Sam197859

            Spin exist in all approaches. I take anything that anyone else says with a grain of salt. Consider their agenda.

    • Lanna

      Let John Kerry or Obama live in Israel while the rockets are coming in for just a few hours and they would see how utterly ridiculous their support of Hamas would be!

  • Hard Little Machine

    No conditions. Lay down or die fighting, those are the terms that need be put to Hamas.

  • Almondrod

    Yes! hamas is doing the dance of death! But Israel, STOP accepting her as a dancing partner! Gaza is a beachhead for all your enemies. You know those thousands of rockets and the drone, (which they claim to have many more), were not made in gaza, in someone’s back yard. Its a beachhead for Syria and every other enemy that desires to destroy you and, in their own words, “wipe Israel off the map”. By the by, have you looked at the maps your enemies have printed? They have already, in print, wiped off Israel. STOP this dance of death and wipe out the nest of godless vipers. How on earth can you make peace? Doesn’t it take two? They have made it manifestly clear, what they intend to do, and their action prove their words are true. Take Gaza back.

    • Habbgun

      All too true. The Israelis will never listen. Maybe the Jewish people that the Israelis forget they are will listen but not the Israelis as Israelis or their government. Something has to change and soon. This can’t go on. It is not healthy for Israel nor the world. Someone has to end the Jihad.

    • Evermyrtle

      When will we be able to have peace?

      2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of GOD, and our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
      This is the only source of peace and all know what Hamas thinks of GOD and HIS SON. Will there be peace.

      Do we hope for peace:
      Jeremiah 6:14, 8:11
      14. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people, Peace, peace; when there is no peace

      8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people, slightly, saying Peace, peace; when there is no peace

      Ezekiel 11:10a Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there shall be no peace. The only real peace is in living for the LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF THE CREATOR, GOD. No war nor the ownership of any country or any property, or wealth, will bring peace.

      • tagalog

        “Only the dead have seen an end to war.” George Santayana, sometimes attributed to Plato.

  • steve b

    IT IS TIME FOR ISRAEL TO SEND THEIR MILITARY ACROSS THE GAZA BORDER AND KILL EVERY LIVING THING FOR AT LEAST 20 MILES INTO GAZA. THEN THEY SHOULD ANNOUNCE THAT THIS WAS JUST A WARNING AND THEY WILL REALLY GET TOUGH THE NEXT TIME A ROCKET IS FIRED INTO ISRAEL FROM GAZA.
    EVERY COUNTRY IS ALLOWED TO DEFEND ITSELF. THIS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN WE DID WITH THE ATOMIC BOMBS IN JAPAN AND THE FIRE BOMBING OF JAPANESE AND GERMAN CITIES IN WWII. WHEN THEY GET TIRED OF BEING KILLED, THEY WILL STOP.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      NO WAY.

      Gazastan is booby trapped. Just keep bombing the rocket sites and command and control centers in Gazastan.

      Any “civilian” who doesn’t take heed, suffers the consequences.

      I hope “progressives” put their regressive progressives azz on the line to be Human Shields for the Hamass Death Cult.

    • Drakken

      Why invade a jihadist infested zone when God invented artillery to really give them a taste of Carthage and make them howl. It will be a lesson to the rest of the savages.

  • Gee

    The military solution (which has never been even attempted) is the only answer.

    Terrorists cannot be allowed to have any land or sanctuary

    • Sam197859

      What do you think creates terrorism? Military solutions only creates more violence.

      • Habbgun

        Left wing solutions create poverty, misery and endless propaganda to hide the failures. You are a waste.

        • Sam197859

          Poverty was here before left winged solutions. Nice try

      • Drakken

        No dumber words have ever been uttered, Violence when properly applied, ends violence, when your enemy is dead, terrorism ends dumbazz.

        • Sam197859

          No, my lost in the head friend. Terrorism is an action, in response, to an action. This country was created due to terrorism against an entity who subjugated its subjects against their will. Taxation without representation is not a good thing to impose on people and controlling a country, using religion, is a bad thing to do, also. It is an never ending event. Any questions?

  • StanleyT

    Not so sure about the electricity situation. I read yesterday that Israel electric IS repairing the downed lines, even while under fire:

    http://abuyehuda.com/2014/07/israel-chalks-up-another-first-in-the-history-of-warfare/

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Israel should send a seriews of high voltage spikes into the Gazastan power grid.

      All Gazastans electronics will be fried.

      • Johnnie the Jew

        Just cut the water and electricity supplies off. Simple as that. Forget the ground invasion. But, your idea has a certain appeal, nevertheless !

    • Joseph Klein

      If true, that’s a big mistake. Hamas caused the problem in the first place by their misfired rocket and should have to defend it to the Gazans they govern.

  • Joe The Gentile

    The article has come very close to behaving as if it had bought enemy leftist propaganda, in saying “the international community has further complicated matters by legitimizing Hamas’s role…”.

    The phrase ‘international community’ in such contexts is a fictitious entity that Leftists in general, and anti-Israelis in particular, promote as agreeing with them, authorising and legitimizing their views. It is a modern variant of the old trick of Leftists co-opting the presumed ‘will of the people’.

    Better to always use it in scare quotes in these contexts, or to say, ‘the so-called international community’, or even, ‘what Israel-haters call the international community’. Right now there is thankfully not a ‘THE international community’ that is siding with Hamas against Israel. The closest thing to ‘AN international community’ (not THE international community) in this context is the Organization of Islamic Co-operation.

    • Joseph Klein

      International community is in quotes earlier in the same paragraph. Sadly, the majority of the UN General Assembly – the closest thing to an “international community” as twisted as it often is – would side with the Palestinians including Hamas.

      • Joe The Gentile

        I did see the first quotes in the article. The second use of the phrase had capitulated to the enemy POV. Part of my point Joseph is that the UN General Assembly is not even close to being ‘THE international community’. There is no such thing, and nothing close to ‘THE international community’ that supports Hamas versus Israel.

      • tagalog

        I think you’re right. However, that likelihood at least provides some evidence that the United States truly is an exceptional nation.

        • Sam197859

          Based on what?

          • tagalog

            Our resistance to international condemnation of Israel and our support for Middle Eastern democracy. You couldn’t see that?

          • Sam197859

            That does not make you exceptional but a controlled entity. You do know that you have a very strong Jewish lobby ,that operates in this country. Big money talks and people listens.

      • Kruton

        There,s a ceasefire,damn I missed it!

  • Ian Greenwood

    THE JEW’S ALONE

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/ronn-torossian/israel-in-1968-2014-the-jews-are-alone/?utm_source=FrontPage+Magazine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7692890219-Mailchimp_FrontPageMag&utm_term=0_57e32c1dad-7692890219-156637081

    Hoffer said in a later interview that

    A world that did not lift a finger when Hitler was wiping out six million Jewish men, women, and children is now saying that the Jewish state of Israel will not survive if it does not come to terms
    with the Arabs.

    No one in this universe has the right and the competence to tell Israel what it has to do in order to survive. On the contrary, it is Israel that can tell us what to do. It can tell us that we shall not survive if we do not cultivate and celebrate courage, if we coddle traitors and deserters, bargain with terrorists, court enemies, and scorn friends.

    President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should heed these words – and stop kowtowing to terrorists.

    They’d also do well to leave Israel alone –Israel remains the only country in the world that suffers universal criticism and condemnation.

    There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people died in Vietnam or when two Blacks were executed in Rhodesia. But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one demonstrated against him. The Swedes, who were ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we did in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troops in Norway. The Jews are alone in the
    world.

    Indeed, in February 2014, in Central Africa, 800,000 Muslims have fled
    their homes, and an entire nation’s Muslims are endangered. It’s not news
    – yet every time the Jews lift a finger to protect themselves, the world goes
    nuts. As it was in 1968 when Hoffer wrote this article it is in the year
    2014, when the world endlessly condemns and criticizes Israel – the Jews are
    alone in the world.

  • Shmalkandik

    Israel is fortunate to have such divided and delusional enemies.

    Moreover, it has successfully incapacitated all the former Arab State armies.
    Israel had well over 1000 military deaths in its 1973 war, and about 100 in its Lebanon war of 1982. So far, in this current Hamas war, it has lost one.
    Israel does not pursue peace because it does not need it.
    Once Hamastan is neutralized, Israel can focus its efforts on Iran.
    That will not require troops, but technology.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    mecca & medina need to be turned into glass

    • 95Theses

      Hmmmm. Crystal Mecca-dome.
      A new drug with a one time “fix”?

  • Hank Rearden

    Israel should make an issue of it that the cease-fire brigades only seem to show up when Israel is on the move. Hamas has been shelling Israel for months. Where were the calls for a cease fire from the UN or from ourselves or from the EU when that was happening?

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  • Pericles

    “Israel showed its willingness to halt its military actions to explore
    the possibility of negotiations. Hamas, under apparent pressure from its
    state sponsor Iran and other jihadist groups, summarily rejected the
    ceasefire proposal.”

    How long can this Dance of Death continue? Another generation? Maybe 2 or 3?

    Israel will always be considered anathema to the Arabs in Gaza and every other Arab country. Mohammed guaranteed this perpetual hatred and animosity in the Koran and the Hadiths.

    Maybe Israelis still think that they are God’s Chosen People and that he will come to their aid like He did to David’s? I don’t know how else to understand their failure to recognize that the threat they are under is existential and that the ultimate resolution of their conflict with surrounding Arab states will not be a PERMANENT PEACE. In the end only Israel OR Palestine will exist and the Israelis need to act accordingly or they will experience another Holocaust. Except this time if will be FINAL!

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    • Habbgun

      You stupid Occupiers will believe anything.

  • Sam197859

    True and your point is, what? How do explain the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust? .

    • Drakken

      Because the Catholics had nothing to do with it dumbazz, you commi atheist killed more than what the west ever has.

      • Sam197859

        Yes, they were. The information is out there on neutral sites.

        • American Patriot

          No they weren’t, fool. Meanwhile, explain the role of the Soviet Union in the Holocaust: http://www.sovietstory.com

          • Sam197859

            You might include American elite involvement too. Money was made on both sides by these people. There are on neutrals sites. You just too lazy to look.

    • Almondrod

      Why not explain the role of Hitler? Why not explain the role of the Third Reich? Why not explain the role of NATIONAL SOCIALISM which is at the root?

  • Lanna

    Hamas cannot even maintain a 5 hour cease fire for its citizens…what does that say about their insanity of hatred? They will never be taken seriously after this!

  • I_M_Forman

    Hey, Hamas is asking for it so Israel should just do what it has to – push them into the sea! Don’t stop until you nail every one of them. We know Israel has no interest in hurting civilians, but what so you expect from a group who brags “We love Death like the Jews love Life.” Just give them what they love.

  • Kruton

    What ceasefire!