Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

kerry-in-cairoSecretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes, schools and hospitals, which Hamas is using to hide its weapons and as bases from which to sneak its jihadists into Israel for the purpose of abducting or killing its citizens.

“The objective here is to get the fastest possible ceasefire. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to be fast, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but that’s the goal,” a senior US official travelling with Kerry was quoted by AFP as saying on condition of anonymity.

Kerry is even throwing in additional money for Gaza to help seal the deal. On top of the half a billion dollars that the Obama administration is continuing to send to the Palestinian “unity” government in which Hamas is a partner, Kerry has just offered a $47 million bribe in the form of so-called “humanitarian” aid for Gaza. Some of the $47 million would flow through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This is the very same agency which found at least twenty Hamas rockets in one of its schools and which is reported to have returned those rockets to the “local authorities.” In Gaza, the “local authorities” are presently the Hamas operatives who govern Gaza. Presumably, UNRWA will be sharing the Kerry-provided windfall with those same “local authorities.”

As usual, while the Obama administration is prepared to reward the Palestinians, it seeks to pressure Israel into agreeing to a short term peace that will simply buy Hamas more time to build up an even greater arsenal of deadly weapons. Before Kerry left on his latest jaunt to Cairo, he was heard on the open mike issuing a not-so-subtle warning to Israel not to try the Obama administration’s patience. “I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” apparently referring to the Obama administration’s rhetorical support for Israel’s right of self-defense. “That better be the warning to them.”

After arriving in Cairo, Kerry acknowledged Israel’s right to defend its citizens from Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks, but then added: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences.”

Those consequences are of Hamas’s own making. It is holding its own people hostage. It has rejected one ceasefire proposal after another, including a ceasefire proposed by Egypt last week that Israel had immediately accepted. Hamas also balked at extending the humanitarian pauses that the UN had brokered in order to enable relief to reach Palestinian civilians in need.  Hamas is insisting on entirely unacceptable conditions such as the end of the blockade and opening of border crossings by Israel and Egypt, as well as the release of Hamas operatives from Israeli prisons.

Indeed, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s top leader in Gaza, offered this chilling promise of more bloodshed: “Gaza has decided to end the blockade by its blood and by its courage.”

More accurately, Hamas and its cohorts have decided to spill the blood of Palestinian children and other civilians whom they regard as pawns in their jihad to destroy the Jewish state – a goal enshrined in its founding charter. Israel is going after the tunnels, rockets and rocket launchers used by Hamas to target Israeli civilians for death. Israel is not trying to kill Palestinian civilians. To the contrary, Israel has repeatedly warned Palestinian civilians for their own safety to leave the areas that Hamas has deliberately chosen to place the entrances to those tunnels as well as the rockets and rocket launchers.

As Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN said to the Security Council on July 22nd:

What other nation supplies millions of tons of humanitarian aid or sets up a field hospital to treat the wounded on the other side even as its enemy fires on it indiscriminately?

What other nation sends messages to warn exactly where it will strike – giving the enemy time to set booby-traps and deploy snipers?

Israel spent four days warning Palestinians in northern Gaza that the military would soon enter their neighborhoods to uproot Hamas. That gave Hamas four days to prepare an assault on our troops.

Every time we drop a leaflet or make a phone call or send a text message warning of an imminent attack, we are endangering our soldiers so that we may keep their children safe.

The Palestinian observer state representative Riyad Mansour did not even try to refute these incontrovertible points in his own statement to the Security Council. Instead, he pushed every emotional button he could, including reading off names and ages and holding up pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza in just the last few days. He neglected to mention that the blood of all of these children, shed since Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal last week, is on Hamas’s hands alone.

Yet President Obama is telling Israel that, since in his uniformed view Israel has done enough “significant damage” to Hamas’s military infrastructure, it’s time that Israel stop in its tracks for the sake of the civilians.

Hamas is also scoring a propaganda victory, thanks to the Obama administration’s decision to discourage travel by Americans to Israel.  Perhaps fearful of a repeat of the tragic downing of the Malaysian passenger plane over territory controlled by the armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine last week, the Federal Aviation Agency is also requiring all U.S. airlines to suspend their flights to Israel. This followed confirmation that at least one Hamas rocket landed near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. The FAA notice read:

Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport (LLBG) by US operators are prohibited until further advise.

Some European countries are doing likewise.

This is a gift to Hamas, which is now able to brag that it has been able to bring a key portion of Israel’s economy to a virtual halt and effectively isolate Israel from the world air transportation system.

Nevertheless, Israel has little choice but to soldier on until Hamas’s tunnel network and military infrastructure are largely destroyed, whether it takes a week or two as currently estimated by former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Dr. Ephraim Sneh, or longer. In the meantime, the current blockade and securing of the border crossings against the flow of all but truly humanitarian aid must continue. They cannot be eased so that Kerry can go home with a premature ceasefire in his pocket.

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  • Terry

    Kerry has the intelligence of a brain damaged amoeaba.

    $47 billion borrowed dollars to build more tunnels, buy more missiles, kill more Jews, and feed those bulging numbered Swiss bank accounts. This man shouldn’t be put in charge of street sweeping, never mind US foreign policy.

    Why do all western politicians assume that when enough money is thrown at a problem, the problem will be solved? However many billion dollars aren’t going to change arabs, islamonazis and western leftofascists from waging a racist war on Jews. Money wouldn;t have stopped *itler, and it won’t stop his modern day brownshirts.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      They’re communists trying to pillage the greatest capitalist nation on earth. What else can we expect from them?

      • Johnny Paleswine

        Kerry knows that the Arab Muslims will use the money to create more blood and death. Kerry is the John Stewart of politics. Hates the fact that he descends from Jews and admires his Blue Blood Boston Brahmin side fo their slaughter of natives in Masschusetts as well as Assad.

        Problem is the people do not care because the hatred for Jews is greater than the fear of Islam.

        When the last Englishman is wearing an orange jump suit, about to be decapitated, he will curse the Jews.

        Things will only change when ISIS arrives in the US and Synagogues and Churches explode. Until then and even at that time do not expect the MSM to support the USA.

        Do not expect help from Latrino America because they are too busy trying to invade America.

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    • Larry S.

      That’s $47 million, Terry. $4.7 x 10^6.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Son of a be-otch. These MFers can’t get a single thing right. Crime really does pay in 0’Bama’s transformed world.

    • Lanna

      Well Said!

  • Moshe

    To the casual observer, it seems Baal Kerry is more concerned about saving the lives of Hamass and Palestinians than he is concerned about his ally, Israel. He wants a ceasefire at any cost, to benefit Hamass. Am I missing something?

    • gerry

      This has to be expected from a traitor.Once a traitor,always a traitor.

    • Bandido

      I protest you calling John Kerry Baal! He is Dagon, and don’t forget it.

    • Lightbringer

      No, you’re not missing anything. You seem to have it right.

  • StanleyT

    Two points:
    1) It’s amazing to be Hamas. Desperate for cash to pay their people, all they had to do was start a war. The US and EU come running with buckets full of money. Oh, never mind that some civilians get killed in the process. It all helps the fundraising effort.

    2) Now that Hamas has caused the shutdown of foreign flights, how can Israel pull out of Gaza while they still have a single missile capable of reaching beyond their front doors? Hamas has to be completely neutralized before their can be peace.

    • Lightbringer

      Both of your points are right, but the second one… well, I agree that Israel ought to stop this war when it’s won and the last cowardly sheep-shagging “palestinian” “warrior” is dead. But how much do you want to bet Israel will pull out due to pressure from the US and Europe? I sure hope they don’t, but this has been a pattern — let those dumb Jews fight a little to let off some steam and then stop them when they seem to be winning.

      • StanleyT

        I know, and I expect you to be proven correct. But at the very least, this latest escapade of Hamas’ has absolutely put the final nail in the coffin of the “two state solution”. There is absolutely no way Israel can allow the “Palestinians” to control the Jordan Valley or get anywhere nearer the airport than they are already.

  • Lanna

    Its so obvious from the Open Mike statement that Kerry and the Obama administration had to get right over to Israel to stop any success the IDF would have from pinpoint hits….Makes one want to Puke. Then they stop the air traffic to Ben Gurian, hopeing to destroy Israel’s economy…..The sinister motives of an evil administration are really transparent now!

    • Raymond_in_DC

      The operative principle since 1948 is that Israel is never allowed to win, and the Arabs are never allowed to lose.

      Israel is alone when under threat, but the defenders of Israel’s enemies spring to life when the latter are getting beaten, with calls for ceasefires, a return to the status quo ante, and the surrender of any Israeli gains. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

      • Lightbringer

        How I wish you were wrong, but you’re not. I am old enough to know it. Very few US administrations have been friends of Israel, but this one is the worst.

        • Judahlevi

          I agree that Obama has been the worst president in regards to how he treats Israel.

          The FAA shutdown of Ben Gurion in the middle of the summer is the kind of game he and Kerry would play. It is purely political and has nothing to do with air safety.

          • Lightbringer

            Well, it has as much to do with air safety as the national park closings had to do with lack of money to pay the staff… these men and the woman who runs them (ValJar) and whoever pulls her strings are mean-spirited, petty, vindictive, and childish. They have corrupted a G-d-blessed, great nation and are working hard to turn it into the kind of third-world s**thole that they would like to rule over.

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    As the Bible said in the End Times, Israel will stand alone before the Lord returns !!

  • drthomasedavis

    Bribery has NEVER solved a thing. The recipirnts simplykeep oncommitting the same heinous crimes. Kerry and Obama are seeking the approbation of Muslims and theNobel Peace Prize committee. Stolen valor is Kerry’s tour de force. He talks the talk but is, like Madame Clinton,unable towalk the walk. Poiticians NEVER learn, Diplomats might just learn. despicable fools like Obama, Clinton and Kerry are simply self-serving traitors deserving of the gallows.
    Dr. Thomas E. Davis,Colonel, USA (ret)

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  • Gee

    There is only one solution – Hamas must be treated as all other war criminals, especially the Nazis.

    Hunt them down to the very last one and kill them.

    Nothing less will do

  • Thor’s Hammer

    Obama and his minions are frantic that Israel is defending itself against the barbarian hordes. The mere thought of terrorists getting their just deserts shakes the cowards to their core. Kerry ought to talk about what he knows. Nothing.

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    How do you deal with an incompetent and ignorant US President and Secretary of State who time and again want to interfere in the conflict they understand nothing about?

    You demonstrate what they should know about the Middle East and don’t. You let them take the Kerry Quiz!

    A mini 5 + 1 question quiz for Secretary Kerry

    But part of the error is ours for we never ever pointed out where the hate Hamas has towards the Jews is coming from . Had we been less politically correct we would have known that Hamas could never become moderate, and neither would the PA.

    Political correctness as euphemism for political cowardice

  • Bandido

    Kerry is clearly suffering from a mental disease. His sick obsession with a ceasefire reveals a cowardice that was evident 40+ years ago. I met him once in Saigon, and can tell you he is more slimy in person than the snake you read about and see on TV. He is an authentic American villain of the first order.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    I wish Netanyahu would speak to Kerry on behalf of all civilized nations and people of the world and say, “With all due respect to your position and that of your boss in the White House, when it comes to the Gaza situation and your interests in it, we have only one thing to say, ‘fuck off’.”

  • Habbgun

    More money to Hamas. This is what Israel gets for trying to fight a style of war that the Europeans might like but never do. Operation Protective Edge. It sounds more like the name of an electric shaver than a military operation. Who are they protecting? Seems like its really everyone but their own citizens.

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  • tumors

    Someone should tell Lurch to go back home

  • Paul Golden

    I bet that Kerry knew that the mic was open. But then again Kerry also suffers from foot in mouth disease. Remember that he gets his marching orders from Oy Vey Bama

  • Anamah

    No doubt this one is one of our more obtuse guys, testing grows of the American Progressive Petri dish.

  • joshuasweet

    our tax dollars going to terrorist groups to be used to buy weapons to be used against our only true ally in the Middle East, yep that is the Obama agenda advance the Muslim Brotherhoods agenda at our expense.

  • Pericles

    “He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find
    and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes,
    schools and hospitals…”

    July 2014 is almost over. A little over 3 months remain before the 2014 elections. The Obama regime wants all international and domestic crises to be suspended or ignored in order to not harm Democrats. That’s why the nuclear disarmament negotiations with Iran have been extended, why Putin is getting a pass after murdering almost 300 people, and why illegal aliens are being housed, fed and treated for illnesses.

    The problems and the scandals must disappear from FOX News coverage before the elections if the Democrats are to have any chance at retaining their Senate majority and gaining a House majority. By the way, have you noticed how ‘establishment’ and ‘moderate’ Republicans are sounding more ‘conservative’ this close to the elections? Thank God the Democrats are not doing the same thing only because they might gain some Republican votes by doing so.

  • vonrock

    47 million in reconstructing missile sites ?

  • Barbara

    I’m ashamed of our government. First time I’m not proud to be an American.

  • mack

    Lizard tongue Kerry was almost President. That’s a scary thought.

  • Hank Rearden

    Why don’t we cut off all aid to the bad guys? They would still have the EU and the UN funding them, but why should we help? One of the ways for this standoff to end would be if the Arabs had to go to work each morning the way the rest of us do. All this aid simply funds terrorism.