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IDF Redeploying Iron Domes in South

Friday, September 19th, 2014

With holidays approaching and the recent launches (or non-launches) from Gaza, the IDF is taking no chances and is starting to redeploy the Iron Domes system again in Israel’s south, according to a Mako report.

At the beginning of the holiday period, talks between Israel and Hamas are set to re-continue in Cairo, and there is valid concern that Hamas will start shooting every time they don’t get what they want.

Despite that, defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

IDF Confirms: Rocket Launched from Gaza

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The IDF has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday. The rocket landed in the Eshkol Region.

no injuries or damage has been reported.

The rocket siren did not go off.

This would be the first confirmed violation of the ceasefire since Operation Protective Edge ended.

Hamas claims they don’t know of any rocket that were launched today. They also initially claimed to have had no connection to the kidnapping of the 3 boys in Gush Etzion in June, until they finally admitted that they did it.

On Monday, the siren went off, and the IDF said no rockets were launched at Israel, but Gazan sources claim they did launch a rocket, but it fell short and it landed in Gaza.

There are sources in Israel that claim that internally the IDF is double-checking to see if perhaps a rocket was launched yesterday, after all.

Haim Yelin, the head of the Eshkol regional council said in response to the attack, “We will not accept rockets falling on our communities. We will assess how our leaders choose to protect its citizens. We expect the government to act to bring quiet to the region.”

Both UN and Hamas Need Better Ceasefire Commitments

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The current agreement is not an unmitigated disaster, but it is a busha (embarrassment), that only serves to encourage Hamas, Islamism in general, and will no doubt be pointed to during the next war with Hamas as a failure in diplomacy. I’m specifically disappointed by the fact that Hamas got tangible if retractable gains (double the fishing zone, 200 out of 300 meters of the inner-border security strip, and more open borders), while Israel got absolutely nothing in return.

The halting of rockets doesn’t count, because we also have to hold our fire, and anyway, at issue is what is gained from a ceasefire agreement. What Israel should have demanded in exchange is a tandem of commitments from Hamas and the UN, as follows: Hamas: In lieu of disarming (which is probably futile anyway at this point), Hamas should have had to sign a declaration that it will never again fire rockets towards civilian areas (with a hard list of Israeli cities and communities), that it will neither store nor use rockets in civilian areas (also based on a predefined list), and that it will cease to dig tunnels that invade Israeli territory. UN: The UN should have to issue a declaration (or agreed to pass a resolution) that it will provide a team of inspectors (agreed upon number like 500) to make sure that Hamas is keeping its word, and that if the inspectors discover violations at UN sites, those sites will be closed down to the detriment of the Gazan population.

Violations in general would lead to UN condemnations and withdrawing of financial support from the US and the EU members, as well as funding of UNRWA. A separate team of UN inspectors would have the job of monitoring Palestinian media and school books for gross incitement (i.e. not maps of Greater Palestine and the like, but overt calls for genocide and terrorism), with similar repercussions as listed above for serious violations.

Israeli Right to Self Defense: Moreover, the UN declaration/resolution should specify that Israel has the right to fire at all active missile launchers (using up to a pre-specified weight and type of munitions) regardless of the location, and that if there is civilian collateral damage within a pre-specified distance to the launcher, those casualties will be deemed acceptable and no reason for any accusation of war crimes in the Hague.

Remuneration for Israel: Finally, the UN should declare that any funding given to Gaza for rebuilding will be matched by funding for Israel to remunerate merchants who depend on tourism for their livelihood, and of course for rebuilding damage caused by Gazan rockets. That would send an important message to Gaza’s terrorists that they cannot cause permanent economic damage to Israel with their rockets, and conversely, the Gazan population will understand that supporting rocket launchings and tunneling may jeopardize the amount of funding that they will receive to rebuild their homes.

I think all of the above suggestions are realistic and would enjoy broad support from most countries, no?

Less realistic, but crucial in my opinion, would be Hamas having to issue a new charter that removes the openly antisemitic sections of the current charter, and even better, replaces them with the Zionist quotes from the Quran and Hadith. This would then have to be taught in Gazan schools and published in the media. OK, with this I’m dreaming, but it’s a worthy dream.

Mixed Reactions Among Leaders in Southern Israel to Ceasefire

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Details of the current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are being revealed, and the agreement obtained by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are generating mixed reactions among the leaders of the South. The majority of the reactions are against the truce, and all voiced skepticism about its viability. Itamar Shimoni, Mayor of Ashkelon, harshly condemned the ceasefire, calling it a surrender to terror: “The residents of the South wanted a decisive victory, but it seems they will not receive it,” said Shimoni, “We wanted to see Hamas begging for its life, while in fact we are witnessing Israel running to the negotiations table every chance it has to do so.” Shimoni further believes that objectives set for Operation ‘Protective Edge’ were not achieved: “We did not lose 64 soldiers and six citizens for this ‘achievement’. We sat in bomb shelters for two months and incurred heavy financial losses, but not for this ‘achievement’. we expected much more. Hamas made demands while using force, and it seems they will get what they demanded. the conclusion is the terror pays.” Shimoi believes that the current ceasefire with Hamas will not last long: “We have already begun to prepare of the next round of violence, and it will be more deadly and violent than what we have experienced up until now.”

Tamir Idan, Head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, also believes that the current ceasefire is a surrender to terror. relating to the IDF’s refrain from responding to Hamas’ heavy fire on Israel hours before the ceasefire took effect, Idan stated: “The ceasefire is Israel’s agreement by silence that it is possible to fire relentlessly at Israel with no response just before the commencing of the ceasefire, and this is very grave. We demand that the State of Israel and the IDF stand by their vow to respond to every incident in a harsh and meaningful fashion.” Yair Farjun, Head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, believes the ceasefire has little credibility. “We cannot become indifferent and must remain vigilant, at least in the coming days. the government must stand fast and ensure that the terror organization does not achieve any meaningful objectives, while planning to bring down the Hamas regime if the fire is renewed.”

Alon Shuster, Head of the Sha’ar Ha’Negev Regional Council, is the only leader to voice support for the ceasefire. “The great pain caused by the bloody incidents in the past days emphasizes the need to stop the violence in our region. I support the ceasefire and the negotiations that are supposed to commence in its wake,” said Shuster. Despite his support for the ceasefire, Shuster too is skeptical about its practicability. “If the terror organizations renew their fire that will be the sign for Israel’s government to enter into a deep military campaign in the Gaza Strip that will uproot the Hamas regime. if the terror ceases its crimes and cooperates with a disarmament process, the rehabilitation of Gaza will be possible,” concluded Shuster.

Despite the ceasefire, the residents of the south are reportedly reluctant to return to their homes after fleeing them weeks ago. They have little faith that the truce will hold for long, basing their decision not to return on past experience. As the opening of the school year nears they will have make a final decision if to risk relying on the current truce.

Ceasefire Decision Not Brought to Cabinet

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

PM Netanyahu did not bring the ceasefire decision for a cabinet vote this evening, but decided on his own, apparently due to the probability that the cabinet would reject the cease fire agreement.

New Egyptian Ceasefire Offer on the Table

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Egypt has put forward a proposal for a 1 month ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, to begin at 7am on Tuesday.

Reportedly, Hamas has embraced the plan, and they are waiting for Netanyahu to respond.

There has been no comment from Jerusalem on this story, as of yet.

During the ceasefire, Israel and Hamas would continue to negotiate.

A month would give Hamas a lot of time to rebuild and reposition its rocket arsenal unhindered.

1 month from now, when the ceasefire would end (presuming that Hamas doesn’t break the ceasefire earlier) is Rosh Hashana.

Islamic Jihad Challenges Hamas with Ceasefire Rumor

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Islamic Jihad may be challenging Hamas leadership by insisting a ceasefire is imminent while Hamas’ chief honcho Khaled Mashaal has rejected the latest proposal from Egypt for a halt in the war.

The Egyptian proposal would have declared a ceasefire without a time frame.

An undeclared ceasefire, or at best a four-hour siesta by terrorists, was in effect after midnight Sunday, but terrorists woke up at dawn Monday to resume another round of attacks on rocket-battered southern Israel.

The attacks struck as far north as Kiryat Malachi, halfway between Be’er Sheva and Tel Aviv.

No injuries were reported, and property damage was minimal.

The IDF estimates that Hamas still has another 2,000 rockets or so in its arsenal. If it keeps shooting at the rate of 100 a day, the war could go on for another 20 days, and there always is the chance that Hamas is saving a “doomsday” weapon, such as an anti-aircraft missiles that can down a commercial airliner, for its last stand.

Hamas’ ceasefire rejection, unless he is playing head games again, puts a giant hole in Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ attempt to come out smelling like rose and looking like a “peace partner..”

The PA’s official WAFA news agency spent three says in Egypt, from Friday until Sunday, to meet with Arab League and Egyptian officials as well as leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.

WAFA did not mention Hamas by name but said Abbas spoke with “others.”

Dispute the unity government of Hamas and its rival Fatah terrorist and political movement and headed by Abbas, their only common bond is hatred for Israel, which so far is not enough to make a marriage.

Hamas’ major objective, even before destroying Israel is to stay in power, and it does not want to hand back to Abbas control of security around Gaza.

Abbas has not lost his single-minded objective to shrink Israel back to its 1949 Armistice Lines borders, for starters, and is not counting on the war to help him.

The Palestinian Authority leader is no dummy. He knows that Hamas is no longer politically correct except in Qataar, iran and Turkey.

That explains the timing of Abbas’ returning to the United Nations and has asked it to declare a timetable for Israel to surrender all of Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/islamic-jihad-challenges-hamas-with-ceasefire-rumor/2014/08/25/

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