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September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
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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.

Updated: Are We in a Secret Ceasefire?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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.

Live Updates: Rockets Still Falling – Keep Away (Last Update: 11:06pm)

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

11:06pm Sapir, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Gaza border, Ashkelon, Ashkelon, Ashkelon

10:17pm Kerem Shalom

9:04pm Ashkelon Coast

8:49pm Eshkol

8:12pm Eshkol

7:47pm Eshkol

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…

7:16pm Eshkol

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

6:01pm Eshkol

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

11:53am Ashkelon

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

10:40am Ashkelon

10:39am Gaza Border

10:37am Ashkelon, Ashkelon

10:36am Ashdod

10:35am Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gaza Border…

10:32am Eshkol

10:26 Ashkelon Coast, Eshkol

10:25am Ashkelon

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

9:10am Eshkol

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

 

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