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June 30, 2015 / 13 Tammuz, 5775
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What Was He Thinking?

The flap that ensued over Hamas’s apparent – if only temporary – success in dodging demands that it accept an unconditional cease-fire has seemingly sent a chastened Secretary of State Kerry back to the drawing board.

In the early stages of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas rockets was widely acknowledged, except of course in parts of the Arab world, but with the caveat that Israel needed to take care to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas was almost universally condemned as the aggressor and Israel was seen as acting in defense of its legitimate security interests.

While virtually all talk of a cease-fire was of the unconditional variety, Hamas insisted its missiles would fly until its “demands” were met as part of any agreement. But with the success of Iron Dome and the IDF’s relentless air and ground strikes on Gaza, it seemed it would be only a matter of time before Hamas accepted defeat and an unconditional cease-fire.

However, the growing number of civilian deaths on the Palestinian side created a (predictably one-sided and context-free) frenzy of international criticism of Israel, and a newly emboldened Hamas rejected an Egyptian proposal that was effectively unconditional.

The IDF pounding continued and it again seemed only a matter of time before Hamas would be forced to accept the Egyptian proposal. And then came the extraordinary cease-fire proposal released last Friday by Secretary of State John Kerry, drafted together with Hamas advocates Turkey and Qatar – but not with Egypt, Israel, or the Palestinian Authority.

The draft of that proposal effectively addressed Hamas’s concerns by calling for negotiating “arrangements” to implement the terror group’s demands, implying that the demands themselves were a fait accompli in principle, but didn’t mention Israeli concerns such as the demilitarization of Gaza or the need to eliminate the underground tunnels.

The U.S. draft was opposed by Israel, Egypt, the PA, and other Arab states that believe Hamas has to be neutralized if any progress toward peace is to be made and that this particular cease-fire would just provide Hamas a lifeline and encourage its intransigence.

Significantly, the backlash against the American document was followed by speeches on Monday by Secretary Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice in which both spoke of working toward an unconditional cease-fire, the demilitarization of Gaza, and the elimination of Hamas’s underground tunnels. Ms. Rice also spoke of the U.S. commitment to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.

We trust this will mean the continuation of critical financial support for the Iron Dome system, especially in the area of research and development to meet the threat of newer, advanced rockets. In addition, the need for new technology to detect and destroy underground tunnels is plainly manifest.

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7 Responses to “What Was He Thinking?”

  1. MD,I AM 100% SURE NO ISRAELI CAN ANSWER THE QUESTIONS…..can they???……my questions are …..1) “Hamas fired 1,394 rockets at Israel!” How many rockets, missiles, tank shells, cluster bombs, white phosphorous bombs, bullets, cannons and grenades has Israel unleashed on the Palestinians? It’s a sad situation and only reflective of the evident bias when you can count to the 3rd decimal point the number of Hamas projectiles but be completely clueless about Israel’s arsenal. 2) “Israel is defending itself. What would you do if someone was firing rockets at your country?!” A: If I occupied a people, placed a crippling trade and economic embargo on them, placed them under siege, humiliated them daily via military and police checkpoints, controlled their water and electricity, constructed apartheid “Jewish-only roads”, shot their children, bombed their schools, mosques and businsses, illegally seized their lands, destroyed their crops, demolished their homes, threw thousands of them in dungeons and treated them like sub-humans and they fired rockets at me – I would probably stop doing all of the above. Secondly, Israel has been mass murdering the Palestinians for over 60 years – long before any rockets were fired and long before Hamas was even in existence. So this is nothing but a fallacy designed to deflect the reality of the situation and mislead others. Finally, Israel’s indiscriminate use of heavy weaponry in civilian areas is a war crime, not self defense. 3) “This is Hamas’s fault, they use human shields. Israel doesn’t target civilians!” A: Excuse me, when you launch an unbridled, indiscriminate attack from warships, fighter jets, tanks, artillery and helicopters on a CIVILIAN AREA – what do you expect to find there – breakdancing hobbits? When you attack civilian areas, you kill civilians. It’s not Advanced Chinese Mathematics. Gaza is the most densley populated place on earth. It’s an open air prison. So when Israel fires into these areas it is going to kill and maim people every time. Secondly, according to the Israeli Human Rights group, Beit Selem which tracks both Israel and Palestinian deaths, dozens of children as young as 4 years old were killed with gunshot wounds to the HEAD AND CHEST. Not to mention the videos coming through showing snipers killing rescuers. Bombing ambulances and hospitals also has to be the most cowardly thing a military could do. So I’m afraid this “doesn’t target civilians” statement doesn’t hold up the facts. 4) “Israel is the most moral and humane army in the world. Who else calls/texts people and drops leaflets warning them to evacuate before a pending attack?” I love this one. “Please be notified in 5 minutes, we are going to destroy your home.” In other words, Israel publicly announces to thousands of civilians their full intent to perpetrate yet another war crime and you’re asking us to somehow acknowledge this as some type of humane gesture? The gall. How about a murderer “notify” their victims by sending them text messages/leaflets that they’re coming shortly to murder them – does it make it any less perverse? If this is the level of desperation Zionists and their sympathisers have stooped to, then it’s little wonder public opinion is God willing, starting to turn against them. As for “evacuating”… Have you seen a map of Gaza? If so, could you please explain to me where the Palestinians are supposed to “evacuate” to? To the north and east, they are blocked by Israeli walls and military checkpoints. To the south is Egypt’s closed crossing thanks to Israel’s slave, Sissy. To the west is the Mediterranean Sea. So what do they do, swim for it and hope they can make it to Cyprus or Turkey before Israel “defends itself” again and machine guns them all in the water? Go to a UN shelter? Wait, they tried that already TWICE – once in Qana, Lebanon and once in Gaza a few years ago and Israel “defended itself” by bombing the shelters massacring a total of 352 civilians. Add to this, Israel’s naval and air forces who have killed thousands of people are constantly patrolling the areas. They are surrounded from every imaginable direction and you sit from the comfort of your sofa sipping $8 coffee then froth at the mouth demanding they evacuate.
    now what will u say ;u must have to say israel is a terrorist country….

  2. Make them BEG for Mercy. Cease fire only on Israels terms this time. Good Job IDF. God is truly Blessing Israel.

  3. Judith Dowla says:

    We ain`t gonna take it anymore! So get with the program so I can say, you did it my way.

  4. No Cease Fire ! Israel must destroy Gaza and drive her enemies out of her land and retake control over Gaza and kick the occupiers ( Muslims from Hell ) out !

  5. Ruth Teter says:

    How can you win with people want to die.they think they will have 70 virgins.how deceived ,their eyes will be opened in hell.

  6. Jerry Seiler says:

    Weve spent too much money and time on gaza .When you have a chicken farm and some chickens get sick,you don’t try to pick out the sick ones ! You kill them all and start over. Gaza is a in chicken farm

  7. Jerry Seiler says:

    Weve spent too much money and time on gaza .When you have a chicken farm and some chickens get sick,you don’t try to pick out the sick ones ! You kill them all and start over. Gaza is a in chicken farm

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