When Hamas attacked on a Jewish holiday on Oct 7, it did so under the false flag of a ceasefire. Much as it had done before. But the streets are full of Hamas supporters and their leftist allies clamoring for a “ceasefire”.
What is the Hamas definition of a ceasefire?
Pressed by NBC News to explain Hamas’ conflicting calls for a cease-fire while also pledging to keep attacking Israel, Hamad replied: “What do you want us to do? To stop?”
Journalist: How can you ask for a ceasefire when you promise to launch October 7ths again and again?
Hamas spokesperson: What do you want us to do? To stop?! pic.twitter.com/3lHAYQVIhd
— Eli Kowaz (@elikowaz) November 2, 2023
That’s Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas terror leader who has been trotted out to do interviews despite his unfortunate tendency to keep saying what he actually means.
“Israel is a country that has no place on our land,” Hamas official Ghazi Hamad told Lebanese news outlet LBCI news this week, according to a report and translation from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released on Wednesday.
“We must remove that country,” he continued.
“We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again. The Al-Aqsa Flood is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth. Because we have the determination…to fight.”
“Nobody should blame us. On October 7, October 10, October one million – everything we do is justified.”
That’s from an Arab language interview. On the BBC, Hamad just walked out when asked about massacring civilians.
During the interview, Hamad reiterated claims made starting a few days after the massacre that Hamas did not intend to kill any civilians during its assault.
When the interviewer stressed that many civilians were killed and asked if Hamad believed that Hamas’s murder of civilians in their beds was justified, Hamad ripped off his microphone and responded “I want to stop this interview” before storming out.
The BBC and NBC News’ Matt Bradley is about as friendly of an English language forum as Hamas could get. Bradley’s Twitter feed consists of uncritical Hamas propaganda from Gaza and from MSNBC.
But that is what a ceasefire means. It means Israel stops attacking Hamas, the Islamic terror group recovers and then launches the next attack.
Hamad has already said that the terror group intends to continue carrying out more attacks like October 7th.
Even Bernie Sanders can’t rationally defend ceasefire proposals.
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday he doesn’t know that a ceasefire is possible in the Israel-Hamas war with “an organization like Hamas” involved.
“I don’t know how you can have a ceasefire, (a) permanent ceasefire, with an organization like Hamas, which is dedicated to turmoil and chaos and destroying the state of Israel,” Sanders told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday.
There’s no serious argument that a ceasefire is a viable option. The only point of a ceasefire is to protect Hamas.