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.
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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.
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.
Update: The answer is no. At 6:22am Monday, they shot again at the Eshkol region. So they probably just needed some sleep. But the rumors are still flying that they want a ceasefire.
Since 5 minutes to midnight, not a single rocket or mortar has fallen on Israel for more than the past two hours (as I write this article).
And the last rockets that fell were a massive barrage, which has become Hamas’s signature act before any ceasefire commences.
Rotter.net is full of rumors (many translated from Arabic by David Robben) that Hamas, and the other Islamic groups have agreed to some sort of ceasefire, and even dropping some of the negotiating demands they previously said were red lines for them.
You may not recall, but the Israeli negotiating team returned to Cairo the other day.
Could it be that Israeli negotiations with Hamas have recommenced, in secret, without us very concerned citizens knowing about it?
Could Israel’s new targeted assassination project have worked too well, and Hamas leaders are now so terrified of being assassinated, that they want to return to the negotiation’s table, before we can finish the job?
It’s not such an implausible an idea.
Only time will tell.
11:06pm Sapir, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Gaza border, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon
10:17pm Kerem Shalom
9:04pm Ashkelon Coast
7:44pm A Hamas spokesperson has warned airlines to not fly into Ben-Gurion starting 6am tomorrow (Thursday), according to a YNet report. It’s actually things like that that makes Israel hit Hamas even harder.
7:35pm Kerem Shalom
7:32pm Ashkelon targeted a few times. We’re going to guess that Deif my have been eliminated today, and that’s why there are more rockets than usual.
7:23pm Ashkelon COast, Kfar Maimon, Shaar Negev, Sdot Negev…
7:13pm Multiple Rocket alerts Sderot… Sha’ar HaNegev
7:10pm Rocket Alerts Sderot… Sha’ar HaNegev
7:04pm Hof Ashkelon
7:00pm As of right now, there have been 140 Rocket alerts today.
6:45pm Or Yehuda, Petach Tikva, Kiryat Ono, Sharon, Shfela, Rishon L’Tzion…
Explosions heard over Tel Aviv
6:39pm-6:41pm Ashkelon, Gaza Border, Be’er Sheva – Barrage on Be’er Sheva, Barrage on Ashkelon
5:55pm Beer Sheva – Barrage
5:54pm Beer Sheva – Barrage & Shaar HaNegev too
17:42 pm Ashkelon and surrounds
5:21pm Hamas claims it targeted Noa offshore gas rig.
16:39 pm Kerem Shalom
16:30 pm Gaza Belt communities (they are very focused on these people)
16:29 pm Gaza Belt communities (again!)
16:21 pm Gaza Belt communities
15:52 pm Segev Shalom and Bnei Shimon Regional Council districts
15:48 pm Gaza Belt communities
15:21 pm Multiples: Ashkelon and surrounds, Gaza Belt communities
15:04 pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities
14:59 pm Gaza Belt communities, again! (Nahal Oz, Alumim)
14:55 pm Gaza Belt communities
14:53 pm Be’er Sheva
14:46 pm Multiples: Kerem Shalom
14:43 pm Yad Mordechai
13:57 pm Ashkelon, Ashkelon coastal region district (House sustains direct hit, damage but no one home – a miracle!)
13:57 pm Kibbutz Sufa, Gaza Belt communities and surrounds
13:49 pm Sapir College, Sderot, Gaza Belt communities
13:43 pm Multiples: Ashkelon, Gaza Belt communities
13:31 pm Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne
13:27 pm Ashdod
13:26 pm Ashdod (again!) and surrounding communities (in case they miss)
13:25 pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities, Ashdod, Ashkelon coastal region
13:15 pm Multiples: Ashkelon coastal region
13:11 pm Ashkelon
13:09 pm Ashdod
13:08 pm Ashkelon
13:07 pm Multiples: Ashdod and surrounds
12:52 pm Kerem Shalom
12:36 pm Kibbutz Sufa, Holit and surrounds
12:20pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara
12:12pm Multiples: Ashdod and surrounds
12:10pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities
11:55am Multiples: Sderot (we haven’t forgotten you), Ashkelon Coast, Shaar Negev
11:31am Eshkol – Multiple
11:26am Two rockets in Eshkol attack land inside town, as Hamas targets civilians. There is damage, but no injuries, besides shock.
Three rockets from last night also landed inside Eshkol communities, lightly damaging homes.
11:05am Over 25 rockets fired in Israel over the past 2 hours.
10:59am ZIM ship successfully unloading in Oakland, and police do their job against anti-Semitic protesters.
10:58-9am Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol, Gaza Border. BARRAGE…
10:55am Eshkol, Gaza Border, Ashkelon…
10:48am Kerem Shalom
10:43am Gaza Border
10:39am Gaza Border
10:37am Ashkelon, Ashkelon
10:35am Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza Border…
10:26 Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol
10:24am Kerem Shalom, Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev, Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol
10:22am Ashkelon Coast area
10:16am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev
10:10am Erez, Ashkelon Coast area
10:08am Ashkelon Coast area
9:59m Ashkelon Coast area x2
9:56am Ashkelon Coast area
9:34am Ashkelon Coast x2
8:23am Ashkelon, Eshkol
8:11am Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, and some Gaza border communities too.
8:10am Barrage: Ashkelon Coast x8
Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon
8:01am Ashkelon Coast
7:32am Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev
7:28am Reminder – the IDF is trying out a new policy of where they don’t sound the alarm if a rocket is going to definitely land in an open area. The alerts will indicate where a rocket will land, or will fall if intercepted.
7:20am Good morning. Catching up below with the rockets this earlier morning…
6:56am Eshkol region. Grad misile
6:07am Eshkol region, Ashkelon region
The Israeli Air Force tried to eliminate Hamas’s terrorist chief Mohammed Deif in a bunker-buster bombing raid on his home Tuesday night.
Hamas has confirmed that his wife and a daughter were killed. It is not known if he was at his home at the time and, if so, if he was killed or wounded. Hamas silence on his fate raises speculation that he may have been killed or seriously wounded.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar Wednesday morning compared Deif with Osama bin Laden, calling him an arch-murderer.
The attempt to kill Deif is a clear signal from Israel that it wants to target terrorist leaders, and it can be assumed that all of them are hiding underground or within areas with a high civilian population.
Israel has plenty of other wanted terrorists to eliminate. One of them is Ismail Haniyeh, who was de facto prime minister of Gaza until Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas partnered up with a unity government earlier this year.
Haniyeh is one of the original founders of Hamas and still leads the terrorist organization under the camouflage of a “technocrat” unity government that supposedly does not include Hamas.
But Hamas is more than a terrorist group. Like Hezbollah in Lebanon, it finances, with the help of Qatar and Iran, and operates schools welfare and social services. It is intertwined in the daily lives of Gazans, who are dependent on Hamas for necessities of life.
If Israel wants to go for broke, it can aim for Khaled Mashaal, the supreme leader of Hamas but whose base is in Qatar, his benefactor.
Sources in the Israel government said Tuesday it has evidence that Mashaal purposely torpedoed the last 24-hour extension of the cease-fire in order to stop Egypt from pushing its proposal for a longer-term truce that does not satisfy Hamas demands.
Israel radio reported that Qatar, which opposes Egyptian mediation efforts, gave Mashaal an ultimatum to resume rocket fire or face expulsion
The IDF reports that 3 rockets from Gaza landed in the Be’er Sheva area. The rockets landed in an open area. No injuries were reported.
Residents of Be’er Sheva heard the loud explosions.
The rocket alert sirens did not go off.
IDF Confirmed: 3 rockets launched from #Gaza hit the Be’er Sheva area in southern #Israel. No injuries reported.
Presumably the rockets indicate that Hamas is unhappy with the progress of the negotiations in Cairo.