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Wounded Israeli soldiers are carried into Soroka hospital in Be'er Sheva; five were hurt in October 2013 when an explosive device went off as troops were clearing a tunnel from Gaza into Israel to be used for infiltration to carry out terror attacks.

Former President Shimon Peres is advocating for the return of control over Gaza to Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority unity government in which his Ramallah-based entity formed a partnership with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

“Gaza was taken from President Mahmoud Abbas [in a coup],” Peres told journalists at a briefing on Wednesday after visiting injured IDF soldiers at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

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“He is the only one with international recognition and who is a legitimate leader. The right thing to do is to return Gaza to Abbas and save it.”

The former president added that he believed it is time for Israel to begin to seek a diplomatic resolution to the situation in Gaza, saying the military option has been “exhausted.”

He refused, however, to discuss the current relations between Israel and the Obama White House. Israel’s Security Cabinet met in Tel Aviv Wednesday afternoon and voted to approve a four-hour humanitarian cease fire, to take place from 3 pm to 7 pm. The cabinet also approved measures to ‘widen and deepen’ operations in Gaza, specifically in and around the area of Khan Younis and other residential areas where terrorist tunnels have originated and must be eliminated.

Earlier in the week, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer told a gathering of U.S. officials and Jewish leaders in Washington on Monday, “Israel appreciates that President [Barack] Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is here today, have strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself.

“We also appreciate their efforts to help achieve a sustainable cease fire… I speak directly for my prime minister here,” he added. “The criticism of Secretary Kerry for his good faith efforts to advance a sustainable cease fire is unwarranted.”

U.S. Secretary John Kerry has repeatedly attempted to pressure Israel into a cease fire agreement that as yet does not address the security concerns of the Jewish State.

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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.

27 COMMENTS

  1. It’s time Mr Peres enjoyed his retirement and refrains from sharing his views about what needs to be done about Gaza. If he fails to see that the agenda of Fatah – the military wing of the PA (PLO) – is identical to that of Fatah, then he’s learned absolutely nothing over the past 66 years! You can’t make peace with those who are committed & unrelenting in their efforts to make war.

  2. As strange as it seems regarding PA and democracy and their politics, they have some if in name only. I don’t think it would help to just decide to say Hamas was no longer in charge “democratically”. However, it is not Israel that could make the difference but instead the West, Europe, the UN, and the rest. They could refuse to acknowledge or support Hamas. And for that matter deal only with Abbas, etc.

  3. As strange as it seems regarding PA and democracy and their politics, they have some if in name only. I don’t think it would help to just decide to say Hamas was no longer in charge “democratically”. However, it is not Israel that could make the difference but instead the West, Europe, the UN, and the rest. They could refuse to acknowledge or support Hamas. And for that matter deal only with Abbas, etc.

  4. Proud of Peres? For what his Oslo disaster that cost the lives of thousands of Jews? His treasonous attempts to undermine Israel every chance he had? The traitor should shut his mealy mouth already. He caused enough damage to Israel and don’t give me this BS about him being an ‘elder Statesman’. He is the worst traitor in the State of Israel’s history.

  5. ISRAEL & ISRAELIS Brave soldiers given their Job of defending ISRAEL & their people, they also understand love, moral value & dignity, unlike the immoral terrorist group Hamas who doesn’t care about its people that Hamas uses them as its first hand shield & invest giant amount of different resources for destructive & terrorism purpose …!!! What a greatest loser terrorist group in the world… & even Hamas must be considered as an enemy of the honest Palestine civilian unjustifiably let them to suffer due to satisfy its terrorism mission towards ISRAEL !!!
    ISRAEL & Israelis demand peace & security & want to focus on any constructive things in its existence !!! No people in this world has suffered in their life on our planet- Earth, so, it’s fair to any rational & healthy individuals, group of any kind & nations to think that ISRAELI people don’t want to commence & enter into any destructive activities like war… rather they are always forced to enter in to war like stuffs… but, given & thinking all of their past life, ISRAELIS should not compromise & accept any irrational & malicious attack on their people. The Israelis people, morally speaking, always deserve to live peacefully without any attack…!!! So, again & again I want & I’ve tell to Hamas & its terrorist affiliates the mere contemporary & concrete truth about The Promise Land ISRAEL => No country…no terrorist group typically like Hamas…no individuals…can eliminate or destroy The Promise Land ISRAEL on our planet- Earth…& her safety will always be maintained & materialized by her heroes by both her sons & daughters with the help of God !!! Those immoral groups & nations shall, rather, return their evil eyes away from this Beautiful Little Country of The Heroic People = ISRAEL…!!! Long Live ISRAEL…!!! We r always with U !!! & God may bless ISRAEL unconditionally & eternally….!!!! I urge & demand IDF the Marine, IAF & her genius intelligence should always be ready to protect their nation & people…!!! At this particular time they should try to totally dismantle each & every tunnels & any infrastructure made by the terrorist Hamas & its evil affiliates …it must totally destructed now…because this is the right time & opportunity to do so…& to make relatively ISRAEL a safer place for the years to come…!!! ISRAEL should not compromise with terrorists that uses is people as a shield…what a shameful act of Hamas…!!! MY LOVE TO ISRAEL IS AN ETERNAL ONE…!!!

  6. Sign of desperate losers. The enemy is in a fury, he knows his time is short. *Smh* L-rd if possible, pls give these lost ones their sight, so that they may believe, and live.
    Actually, the way I see it, knowing the Scriptures and the coarse of human history.. this whole “football game” (if you will) was pre-recorded. Winner already decided long ago. Yet, these fools try and try and TRY to change the results of a game that’s ALREADY LONG OVER. Baruch Hashem. Am Israel Chai.

  7. I don’t know what BS stands for. Reading your remarks I am sure it is something horrible. I don’t wish to enter into any discussion with you.But I do think that he has made amends for many mistakes.

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