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Hamas: Continuing Negotiation – As Rockets Fire at Israel

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A Hamas spokesperson (who hasn’t yet been executed by his bosses) said that Hamas is continuing to negotiate in Cairo with Israel,according to a report on Nana10.

The spokesperson said that Hamas has not agreed to extend the cease fire for another 72 hours as Egypt requested, but they will continue to talk.

Other members of the Gaza contingent have expressed pessimism on whether the talks will continue or not.

Hamas has not yet claimed responsibility for this morning’s barrage of rockets.

There is no news yet of any Israeli military response, at all, to the rockets launched at Israel this morning.

Update: 9:57am Israel attacks northern Gaza (finally) – Walla from Arab sources.

Senior Hamas Terrorist Executed for Espionage

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Arab sources reported on Thursday, that former Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha was executed by Hamas for spying on them, for Egypt.

Hamas and Israel Threaten Each Other Hours before End of Ceasefire

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Hamas is conditioning an extension of ceasefire on instant concessions by Israel, which threatens that if the terrorists attack at the end of the ceasefire Friday morning, the IDF will return in full force.

The scenario is familiar. The closer a deadline nears, the more Hamas threatens. Now it refuses to extend the 72-hour ceasefire unless Israel allows it to develop a deep sea port.

It is hard to keep up with Hamas’ demands,. First it was an airport, opening all of the land crossings and the release of terrorists from Israeli jails.

Officials from the Egyptian government and from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah met in Cairo and reportedly were progressing towards an extension of the ceasefire, due to end at 8 a.m. Friday, but the scene got a bit messy when Islamic Jihad and Hamas bigwigs arrived on the scene.

A Palestinian Authority official threatened to pack his bags and go back home.

Hamas, as usual, talked tough.

“We support the resistance, we support the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, we support more firing at Tel Aviv and we support the tunnels,” said its spokesman Mushir Al-Masri.

“The war is not over yet,” he continued. “We tell the settlers – don’t go back to your homes if Netanyahu doesn’t agree to the resistance’s demands.” The IDF on Thursday encouraged residents of southern Israel to return to their homes, promising that the army is taking every step to keep them safe.

Israel’s demands have been that Hamas be disarmed, which is as likely as the sun rising in the west tomorrow.

The Netanyahu government has been clear that if Hamas resumes rocket fire, the IDF will help Hamas fulfill its Operation Death Wish.

“We are preparing,” said a military official.” As an army we must take into account the possibility that at 8 am they will begin firing. We are ready for this.”

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, a reformed leftist who is one of the most hawkish Likud ministers, told the BBC, “Should Hamas resume rocket attacks on Israel’s cities, we will have no option except to take temporary control over Gaza in order to demilitarize the Gaza Strip from rockets and missiles.”

So what does Hamas offer Israel in return for sending terrorists back to Hamas and opening air space, land crossings and the sea for Hamas into import all the medicine, commodities, goods humanitarian aid and especially all the rockets and anti-air craft missiles that it wants?

Israel will get a promise that Hamas will not fire rockets on Israel – until it does.

A promise of a ceasefire, which based on previous truces, will last anywhere from zero seconds to a couple of months.

It is dangerous to predict anything in the Middle East,  but it is a fair guess that come 8 a.m. Friday, there will be no ceasefire and there will be no mammoth rocket barrage on Tel Aviv.

Hamas probably will launch a couple of mortar shells or Kassam rockets. If they don’t misfire and land in a UNRWA school, they will set off the Code Red early warning sirens in the Gaza Belt and explode in open areas, or maybe blow up a greenhouse. It will be just enough to place check mark next to the column, “We attacked Israel.”

If  the IDF responds and does anything more than hit an open area or a greenhouse in Gaza, it will be accused of a disproportionate response.

Israel Would Have Freed Prisoners for Demilitarized Gaza, Asks Germany for Help

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Israel would have released Hamas prisoners in exchange for a demilitarized Gaza, sources say, but the terror group did not agree. Moreover, Hamas said it plans to resume fighting promptly at 8 am Friday, when the 72-hour cease fire runs out.

So Israel is now asking Germany and the EU to help with administration over Gaza to prevent future security problems.

Egyptian sources who spoke to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharanot newspaper say that during cease fire talks in Cairo, Israeli negotiators agreed to release Hamas prisoners in exchange for demilitarizing Gaza.

The Israelis also considered the possibility of building a small airport and seaport in Gaza, but did not make a final decision on the issue. The sources said Israel refused to back down from the issue of demilitarizing Gaza, however, though the Jewish State was willing to also lift the blockade and expand the fishing zone.

In fact, Israel was willing to be flexible on nearly all the demands put forth by the Palestinian Arab factions – but not on the issue of disarming Gaza, the sources said.

Israel is now calling on the European Union to step in and take an active role in dealing with the thorny issue of how to monitor the security issues from Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told the German newspaper Bild in an interview published Thursday that inspectors from the EU and Germany should be sent to “monitor the Palestinians’ trade with neighboring countries… The EU already did that once at a crossing in Rafah in southern Gaza,” Liberman reminded.

The foreign minister added that Israel does not want to have to deal with administering Gaza after withdrawing its troops and communities from the region in 2005, but said a reasonable solution for Gaza residents must be found. He called on Germany to take a leading role in finding a viable resolution to the problem.

Until Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007, the “EUBAM” program was started by the EU following Israel’s 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. EUBAM assigned 70 European observers as monitors over movement of human, material and vehicular traffic at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Meanwhile, the entire discussion may be academic for the time being: Hamas rejected the extension of the current 72-hour cease fire beyond Friday at 8 am.

‘Peace Talks’ in the Works on Anniversary of Gush Katif Expulsion

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Egypt and western leaders are preparing the groundwork for peace talks as Israel reportedly agreed to extend the 72-hour truce with Hamas on Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in Gaza.

The current ceasefire is supposed to end 8 a.m. Friday.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have rejected extending the halt in attacks on Israel and showed its muscle, at least in its tongue, but it warned it will renew missile attacks.

The war against Hamas was a follow-up to the so-called Disengagement plan executed today, on the Hebrew calendar, with the ballyhooed promises that removing Jews and the IDF from Gaza would make Hamas safe for Israel.

Nine years and 15,000 rocket and mortar shell attacks later, Israel lost 67 soldiers and civilians and again was cast as the villain for “disproportionate” retaliation against Hamas.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told foreign journalists Wednesday that Israel is maintaining the ceasefire and will not sit idly if it is violated, but the advantage is now in the hands of Hamas, unless it really is so stupid to go back to war on Friday.

Hamas has held the truce and continues to do so, knowing full well that it now has everything to gain as international leaders converge in Egypt, calculate the damage in Gaza, place the blame on Israel for defending itself “disproportionately” and turning Hamas into a legitimate entity that will be peace-loving if only Israel would allow Gaza to open an airport under the supposed supervision of the United Nations and if Israel simply would release more terrorists from jail.

That is a sensible demand by Hamas since once the terrorist organization used United Nations’ UNRWA organization, which has institutionalized desire for millions of Arabs through its “refugee camps” to store rockets. It also has been filmed using U.N. ambulances to transport its fighters, complete with machine guns. The IDF has provided aerial photography of Hamas firing rockets next to UNRWA facilities, including schools.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that “peace talks” should be a direct continuation or the truce.

“Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms,” and anonymous Israeli official was quoted as saying by the London Independent. Egyptian media also reported the extension.

The ceasefire gives international leaders room in the media to make their pitch for imposing a Western-style peace on Hamas, which does not recognize any existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and which categorically calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.

But that is just idle talk, as far as peacemakers are concerned,

“We must spare no effort to turn the current calm into a durable ceasefire that addresses the underlying issues of the conflict,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Ban the General Assembly.

His Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry, a long-time supporter of Hamas told the meeting of the General Assembly from Cairo “It would be cynical and irresponsible if, yet again, the outcome of the talks would lead us to the previous status quo.”

Ban brought out the heartstrings, and said, “The massive death and destruction in Gaza have shocked and shamed the world. The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, must end.”

UNRWA chipped in by flying U.N. flags at half-mast across the Palestinian Authority in memory of 11 United Nations staffers killed in the war.

Lost in the verbal volume was the recollection that Gaza once upon a time enjoyed a flourishing economy under the “occupation” until Yasser Arafat’s terrorists, murdering Jews under the euphemism of the Palestine Liberation Organization, helped lead the intifada that began in Gaza.

Israel Repairs Gaza Damage While Talks Continue

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

While representatives of various Palestinian Arab factions “talk” with Israeli negotiators — albeit indirectly — about how to extend a 72-hour cease fire into something more permanent, Israel is already starting to rehabilitate Gaza.

Employees of the Israel Electric Company began repairing the power grid for Gaza residents on Tuesday night.

Workers from the Be’er Sheva district – the same people repeatedly forced to race for shelter from rocket fire launched from Gaza – were ordered to repair the grids damaged by those same rockets fired by Hamas terrorists in the first place.

IDF soldiers have been assigned to guard the IEC technicians working on the lines. IEC provides 120 megwatts of electricity to Gaza on 10 high voltage lines, nine of which were damaged by the rocket fire.

The IEC employees are working on the lines from the Israeli side only, although a number of damaged lines are also located within Gaza.

“All of the IEC work is being carried out in coordination with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT),” according to IEC deputy spokesperson Iris Ben-Shahal.

Egypt Proposes Cease Fire Extension to 120 Hours

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Egypt has proposed that Israel and representatives of the various Palestinian Arab factions extend the current 72-hour cease fire to 120 hours.

The proposal, suggested to each side in indirect talks, was announced Wednesday on Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV.

There is no word on whether the Egyptian proposal was accepted by either side.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-proposes-cease-fire-extension-to-120-hours/2014/08/06/

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