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Netanyahu’s Cease-Fire Agreement Leads the Country into Confusion

“The posts went forth in haste by the king's commandment, and the decree was given out in Shushan…but the city…was perplexed.” – Book of Esther
Abbas and Netanyahu - two men separated by an hour.

Abbas and Netanyahu - two men separated by an hour.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu led the country into confusion Tuesday night by agreeing to a cease-fire that leaves Hamas armed and paved the way for Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose new peace partner is Hamas, to guard the terrorists.

Netanyahu was so sure that his Security Cabinet would balk at agreeing to the ceasefire that he did not even bother to consult with the ministers, approximately half of whom are upset with his decision.

The Prime Minister’s spin was that since the Cabinet has accepted previous cease-fires, there was no need to ask the ministers again.

He also has the  Brooklyn Bridge for sale.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Economy Minister and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett, and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch publicly stated they are opposed to Netanyahu’s decision, and Communications Minister Gilad Erdan would have been a doubtful supporter.

Israel lost the opportunity the past week to carry out a quick, penetrating and dangerous ground invasion of Hamas strongholds in Gaza cities. Orders for such a counter-terror motive were ready to be signed, but that is far as they got.

Whether it was the fear of the “day after” anarchy that would follow a ground incursion, the fear of a high number of Israel casualties, the fear of international criticism, the fear of interrupting President Barack Obama’s golf game or the fear of some bogeyman that does not exist, the government and the IDF opted for continuing aerial bombing raids that definitely hurt Hamas but left it strong enough to dictate certain terms of the  cease-fire.

Some security sources bragged to Israeli media how the IDF decimated Hamas and forced it into submission, but while Hamas did not get everything it wanted, Israel got nothing but a halt of rocket fire for the 12th time, or maybe it is the 13th time.

Hamas wildly celebrated the cease-fire, but no one in Israel, except for the small and inconsequential far left, was jumping for joy.

Few people expect the  cease-fire to last, but the problem is that it as long as it does, Israel may be forced into concessions that, like the Oslo Accords, become irreversible when the enemy figures it has conned for all it can get and then goes on to the next round of blackmail.

Israel will open the borders, but Hamas did not receive its demand for a deep-sea port and airport, issues that are up for negotiations in another month, along with the Israeli demand that Hamas dis-arm.

Can you picture Hamas agreeing to dis-arm in return for an airport and seaport unless the facilities will not be supervised so that it can bring in even more advanced weapons?

Israel’s stated goal in the war was to dis-arm Hamas. Netanyahu said there would be no cease-fire without that goal being achieved. He also insisted as late as today that there would be no negotiations under fire.

Those goals and promises clearly were empty.

It is true that Israeli negotiators were not in Cairo, but it is inconceivable that the Office of the Prime Minister simply sat back while Hamas and Egypt, with the help of Hamas’s patron Qatar, tied up the loose ends for a  cease-fire without consulting with Israel.

Moreover, the U.S. State Dept.’s ”man on the ground in the Middle East,” Frank Lowenstein, has been actively involved.

There is no way that the United States was participating in the secret talks without being in touch with Netanyahu, who pulled the wool over the country.

The Prime Minister might not have noticed, but opinion polls that his popularity sunk dramatically the past week, after broad support during the war.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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21 Responses to “Netanyahu’s Cease-Fire Agreement Leads the Country into Confusion”

  1. I love Bibi but this ceasefire is not smart. Unless Obama said agree or
    No ammunition that they are holding up

  2. I love Bibi but this ceasefire is not smart. Unless Obama said agree or
    No ammunition that they are holding up

  3. Joe Barnett says:

    A pretty clear formulation of our current bewilderment.

  4. Joe Barnett says:

    A pretty clear formulation of our current bewilderment.

  5. Where is Israel while Hamas and CNN are declaring victory for Gaza terrorists????. I am amazed at how tech sophisticated Israel is, and yet how media clunsy they are. After so much effort and sacrifice of Israeli lives, flip flopping about how to deal with Hamas, and agreeing to a premature truce without a demilitarized Hamas is terrible and irresponsible.

  6. If it’s Obama Congress will tear him a new one and he would deserve it.

  7. What are the details?

  8. WHAT HAS ISRAEL GAINED HERE, APART FROM GREAT UNEASE?

  9. I am also confused.

  10. June Reich says:

    Big mistake. Huge. Time for a PM with balls.

  11. There has to be agreements that the public is not privy to: Netanyahu is to intelligent to merely accept a ceasefire with no gain for Israel.

  12. I am confused as to why Bibi agreed to this….he must have a reason…

  13. JoAnn Morris says:

    Bibi, no more cease fires..you told Obama to “not second guess you.” STAND STRONG, Bibi!!1

  14. Bibi must go, his mismanagement of this war cost lives & shows he is not capable of leading.

  15. Bibi must go, his mismanagement of this war cost lives & shows he is not capable of leading.

  16. No Bibi isn’t, he sold us out!

  17. Worst thing Israel did…………accept a ceasefire! Next will be Israel handing back to Hamas the captured Hamas fighters…….and then next will be Hamas rearming. No wonder Israelis are confused. Bibi seems to be so weak. Is he afraid of the UN? Israel should have gone in, by air, and flattened the place. Then there would be peace. We will all have to stay tuned for the series to reair in just awhile. No cliffhanger here.

  18. Netanyahu made a by halves war with Hamas, why it took 50 days and didn't finished this war?, is realy Israel "the invisible warior", the Iranian and they leckayers are laughing, Netanyahu is a big mouth and a big lier, he must go out inmediately.

  19. Sientje Seinen says:

    maybe the prime minister is weary of war, as we all are..

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