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Israel Votes to Accept Unilateral Ceasefire, 6-2

Hamas has rejected the ceasefire outright, but Israel has accepted. What now?
Hamas will not have to dis-arm immediately. The issue will be "negotiated" in the future.

Hamas will not have to dis-arm immediately. The issue will be "negotiated" in the future.
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Israel’s eight-member Security Council voted Tuesday morning to accept Egypt’s proposal for a cease fire with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, effective 9 am.

Among other points, it called for border crossings (from Israel) to Gaza to “be opened,” with the movement of people and goods to be “facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

Within 48 hours of the ceasefire – at 9 am Thursday – Egypt was expected to convene a meeting of Israeli and Hamas negotiators.

IDF Spokesman Lt.Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement sent to media, “In accordance with the government directives, the IDF now holds fire. We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”

Between 9am and 12 noon, 22 rockets and missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza.

Egypt’s goal in advancing the ceasefire was to prevent Israel from initiating a ground invasion of Gaza and possibly being forced to reconquer the territory — maybe this time permanently.

Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, opposed the move.

The cabinet also decided that Israel will “act forcefully” if Hamas violates the agreement – but no details were released on precisely what that means.

Hamas rejected the ceasefire outright, calling it “surrender and capitulation.” Within one hour, two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council district and shortly after, a Color Red rocket alert siren was activated at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom as well.

Israeli officials painted the cease fire as a victory, saying the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge had thus far left Hamas “much weaker.”

A diplomatic source told media “The goals of the operation were to restore quiet for a long period of time and that goal has been achieved. Hamas did not achieve its goal of striking Israel to the degree it believed that it could, and its power was weakened.”

The Cairo government advanced the proposal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening. It followed a week that saw more than 1,100 missiles fired at Israeli civilians, and in return, some 1,300 IDF targeted air strikes carried out in Gaza.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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63 Responses to “Israel Votes to Accept Unilateral Ceasefire, 6-2”

  1. Joe Truzman says:

    Let them keep firing. They will continue to lose the PR war and Israel will be able to go into Gaza without hesitation.

  2. Joe Truzman says:

    Let them keep firing. They will continue to lose the PR war and Israel will be able to go into Gaza without hesitation.

  3. so, CEASEFIRE huh? well the next rocket launched against ISRAEL should be the last one… just sayin’

  4. so, CEASEFIRE huh? well the next rocket launched against ISRAEL should be the last one… just sayin’

  5. Vonnie Gross says:

    Hamas is STILL firing missiles…what can any one do with these insane hot headed nuts?

  6. Vonnie Gross says:

    Hamas is STILL firing missiles…what can any one do with these insane hot headed nuts?

  7. Too bad. They should finish the job

  8. Too bad. They should finish the job

  9. All Israel longs for a prime minister who acts like our Prime minister instead of Americas bitch

  10. All Israel longs for a prime minister who acts like our Prime minister instead of Americas bitch

  11. Vonnie Gross. It would be insane for Israel not to try and protect her citizens.

  12. Mike Burke says:

    Stupid! Stupid idiots!

  13. Mike Burke says:

    Stupid! Stupid idiots!

  14. Mike Burke says:

    You have no brains.

  15. Mike Burke says:

    You have no brains.

  16. Maybe by signing this with rockets still flying we can now be able to just level Gaza.

  17. This is just plain wrong…and the citizens of Israel will pay a heavy price for surrendering…AGAIN.

    No one in the world wants to really SOLVE problems. Just let the Jews suffer a death of a thousand cuts until they die off or leave Israel.

    That Israel would voluntarily dance to this tune is disturbing.

    Hamas survives…Hamas WON…again! Israel accomplished very little…Israel LOST…again! They blinked first, and the Arabs will again see that as weakness.

  18. This is just plain wrong…and the citizens of Israel will pay a heavy price for surrendering…AGAIN.

    No one in the world wants to really SOLVE problems. Just let the Jews suffer a death of a thousand cuts until they die off or leave Israel.

    That Israel would voluntarily dance to this tune is disturbing.

    Hamas survives…Hamas WON…again! Israel accomplished very little…Israel LOST…again! They blinked first, and the Arabs will again see that as weakness.

  19. Judi Fradkin says:

    Taquiyya. Rockets still falling into Israel. Hamas rejects deal.

  20. Judi Fradkin says:

    Taquiyya. Rockets still falling into Israel. Hamas rejects deal.

  21. Iran’s war by Proxy is using Hamas as it’s army! Okay Israel, it might be time for your security cabinet to get real and be on the offense at this point. Hamas will not stop until you are all dead! Do something very smart and infiltrate Iran, and the brains behind these attacks now! Get them anyway you can!

  22. Iran’s war by Proxy is using Hamas as it’s army! Okay Israel, it might be time for your security cabinet to get real and be on the offense at this point. Hamas will not stop until you are all dead! Do something very smart and infiltrate Iran, and the brains behind these attacks now! Get them anyway you can!

  23. BLOW THEM UP NOW! Then call for a cease fire.

  24. BLOW THEM UP NOW! Then call for a cease fire.

  25. Lize Bartsch says:

    You cannot negotiate with terrorists, they have no sense of any morality, they are fanatics under the influence and delusion of an evil violent god who is satan, Bible says he was a murderer from the beginning. All who behave like that has him as their father because he is also called the father of lies. Mat. 7:14-19 “Because strati is the gate, and narrow the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so a good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

  26. Lize Bartsch says:

    You cannot negotiate with terrorists, they have no sense of any morality, they are fanatics under the influence and delusion of an evil violent god who is satan, Bible says he was a murderer from the beginning. All who behave like that has him as their father because he is also called the father of lies. Mat. 7:14-19 “Because strati is the gate, and narrow the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so a good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

  27. Lisa Kamins says:

    Stupid, foolish cabinet members. Never has been, never will be a cease fire with a terrorist organization. Only Option Left, Destroy All The Terror Orgs In Gaza & Yehuda & Shomron!

  28. Lisa Kamins says:

    Stupid, foolish cabinet members. Never has been, never will be a cease fire with a terrorist organization. Only Option Left, Destroy All The Terror Orgs In Gaza & Yehuda & Shomron!

  29. What a shocker? Hamas didn’t agree to the cease fire?!? These are the same morons who are using human shields. Hence why so many Palestinians are dying. **** Hamas. Don’t agree with a cease fire. Bomb the **** out of Hamas!!

  30. What a shocker? Hamas didn’t agree to the cease fire?!? These are the same morons who are using human shields. Hence why so many Palestinians are dying. **** Hamas. Don’t agree with a cease fire. Bomb the **** out of Hamas!!

  31. Hamas has rejected to cease fire… Israel voted yes but, Hamas refused…

  32. Hamas has rejected to cease fire… Israel voted yes but, Hamas refused…

  33. What? They accepted the cease fire?

  34. What? They accepted the cease fire?

  35. It has happened the same two years ago. Why should Israel let it happen again? Time to destroy Gaza once and for all. Should have done it in 2012.

  36. Tan Un Ping says:

    No cease fire pls ISRAEL finish them now

  37. No surrender to the Zionist. I hope they’ll keep on fighting.

  38. Angel Ariz says:

    Kill every Hamas pig anywhere they are found. Crush the abomination on the temple mount and destroy the evil among you Israel. God bless Israel.

  39. We cease – they fire.

  40. Sean Bryant says:

    Should have finished. Now this makes isreal look worse cease fires dont work one way

  41. Sean Bryant says:

    Should have finished. Now this makes isreal look worse cease fires dont work one way

  42. Sean Bryant says:

    Should have finished. Now this makes isreal look worse cease fires dont work one way

  43. Sean Bryant says:

    Should have finished. Now this makes isreal look worse cease fires dont work one way

  44. God help if anyone condemns Israel after this! Israel has done everything above board given the situation! Kol Akavod!! Am Yisrael Chai!!!

  45. God help if anyone condemns Israel after this! Israel has done everything above board given the situation! Kol Akavod!! Am Yisrael Chai!!!

  46. Izik Izik says:

    Israel dont accept anything. Keep firing and lay waste to Gaze

  47. Uzi Kattan says:

    What kind of security cabinet do we have? Unilateral ceasefire? That means they don’t want to act.

  48. Uzi Kattan says:

    What kind of security cabinet do we have? Unilateral ceasefire? That means they don’t want to act.

  49. Uzi Kattan says:

    SO do I until the Hamas demons are wiped out. The G-d of Israel will prevail over the false allah!

  50. Israel should not give in into ceasefire! It’s useless! They are just taking time & chances to regain more funds, allies & armaments again against Israel! Israel should focus on hardly pounding the terrorists into powder till without a trace and set the ceasefire aside until the conflict finished, because they can’t do anything important in the middle of the conflict. They’re just diverting & dividing the focus & the concentration of the IDF & the leaders of Israel.

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  52. Gaza must be emptied and leveled.

  53. Yeah, but Hamas won’t.

  54. How’s that Restraint workin fo ya

  55. It is be impossible to negotiate with terrorists! Hamas has no moral compass.

  56. Can’t believe this. I see Israel as the last sane, bastion in the world…hoping this is so that when (not if) Israel steamrollers gaza and environs, the world can’t say ****e!

  57. As usual… No honor hamas, no truth hamas, no integrity hamas… Ishmael Never will change!

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