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Report: Cease Fire Deal Reached in Cairo as Hamas Opens Fire

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A cease fire deal was reportedly reached Thursday in Cairo, according to international media, among them Reuters, the BBC and AFP — but both sides are denying the reports.

There is conflicting information about the deal and Israeli officials claimed the reports are “incorrect.” Likewise, Hamas also denied to international media that any deal had been reached.

According to the reports, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) represented Israel in the indirect negotiations with Hamas in Cairo. The cease fire is to take effect at 6 am Friday morning local time. If Hamas violates the truce, Israel warned it would retaliate immediately.

The Jewish State has yet to make good on such threats: two hours after the start of a humanitarian cease fire on Thursday, Hamas launched a barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel – and Israel did nothing in response.

Hamas terrorists were punctual in ending the humanitarian cease fire, which was scheduled to stop at 3 pm. A missile barrage was fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon and the community of Zikkim precisely at 2:59 pm local time. The rockets exploded in the Ashkelon coastal region, with impacts reported in open areas. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

The initial attack was quickly followed up by numerous others, most aimed at Ashkelon and at the Gaza Belt communities. A Grad missile was also launched at the Negev city of Be’er Sheva less than an hour after the “cease fire” had ended as well, exploding in an open area on the outskirts of the city.

Another rocket fell short, landed within the Gaza region. It is not known whether Arab civilians in the territory were wounded by the Hamas attack on their own people — and if so, whether women or children were killed in the explosion.

Abbas Looking for Ceasefire

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen said Wednesday that he will spend the next few days trying to convince the international community to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Thursday, the PA leader will visit Cairo to discuss President Abed Fattah el-Sisi’s ceasefire initiative, which was rejected yesterday by Hamas. From there, he will continue on to Turkey, where he will hold talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Abu Mazen has accused Israel of “genocide” during the current air campaign in Gaza. Erdoğan said earlier this week that Israel employs “state terrorism.”

Israel Votes to Accept Unilateral Ceasefire, 6-2

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Israel’s eight-member Security Council voted Tuesday morning to accept Egypt’s proposal for a cease fire with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, effective 9 am.

Among other points, it called for border crossings (from Israel) to Gaza to “be opened,” with the movement of people and goods to be “facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

Within 48 hours of the ceasefire – at 9 am Thursday – Egypt was expected to convene a meeting of Israeli and Hamas negotiators.

IDF Spokesman Lt.Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement sent to media, “In accordance with the government directives, the IDF now holds fire. We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”

Between 9am and 12 noon, 22 rockets and missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza.

Egypt’s goal in advancing the ceasefire was to prevent Israel from initiating a ground invasion of Gaza and possibly being forced to reconquer the territory — maybe this time permanently.

Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, opposed the move.

The cabinet also decided that Israel will “act forcefully” if Hamas violates the agreement – but no details were released on precisely what that means.

Hamas rejected the ceasefire outright, calling it “surrender and capitulation.” Within one hour, two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council district and shortly after, a Color Red rocket alert siren was activated at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom as well.

Israeli officials painted the cease fire as a victory, saying the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge had thus far left Hamas “much weaker.”

A diplomatic source told media “The goals of the operation were to restore quiet for a long period of time and that goal has been achieved. Hamas did not achieve its goal of striking Israel to the degree it believed that it could, and its power was weakened.”

The Cairo government advanced the proposal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening. It followed a week that saw more than 1,100 missiles fired at Israeli civilians, and in return, some 1,300 IDF targeted air strikes carried out in Gaza.

Details of Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Egypt begins its ceasefire proposal by blowing its own horn that the initiative comes from “its historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed.”

Talk about chutzpah. That is like a white supremacist trying to preach equality. How many people did the Mubarak, Muslim Brotherhood and al-Sisi people kill during protests against their regimes. Was it 2,000 or 3,000?

“Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party.”

Wait a minute, Egypt. It is not in the t interest of the civilized world that the Hamas terrorist infrastructure be destroyed?

The al-Sisi regime’s proposal first demands, “Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.”

Is the maritime blockade against the smuggling of terrorists and weapons into Gaza a “hostility”? Does this proposal mean that Israel must open the seas for Iran to send even more advanced weapons to Gaza?

Egypt demands from Hamas, “All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

“Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

What does “stable” mean? A ceasefire that lasts two hours? Or two days? Or maybe even two weeks?

Does “stable “mean that Gaza terrorists attacked Israel “only” with one or two Kassam rockets?

“ Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

“Method of implementation of the initiative:

“ It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.”

Apparently, the blanks means that neither Hamas nor Israel is ready to sign as of yet. Making the proposal public is intended to pressure both sides to do so.

“ High-level delegations from both the Israeli government and the Palestinian factions shall be hosted in Cairo within 48 hours of the initiation of the initiative’s implementation, in order to conclude talks for the consolidation of the ceasefire and resume confidence-building measures between the two sides; talks shall be held with each of the two sides separately (in accordance with the agreements for the consolidation of de-escalation in Cairo in 2012).”

In other words, the “peace process” now will involve Hamas and Israel, with Cairo brokering the talks. Next step is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s getting on stage again and playing out another round of peace talks, with Hamas and Fatah sitting as peace partners for Israel.

Kerry May be Behind Egyptian Proposal for Ceasefire

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Egypt reportedly will announce a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel on Tuesday, the same day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit Cairo although neither Israel nor Hamas has expressed any public desire for an unconditional halt in the latest round of violence.

Egyptian media reported the ceasefire will be announced at 6 a.m. and it will take effect three hours later.

Kerry has been almost totally silent since the start of the  current mini-war, but his plan to visit Egypt exactly when the Sisi regime reportedly will announce a ceasefire raises the obvious probability that the not-so-illustrious Secretary of State has been trying once again to “solve” problems in the Middle East, where he has left behind a mess almost every time he visits.

Egypt also would love to repair the damage of the Muslim Brotherhood regime and play the role as peacemaker.

Another bad actor in the ceasefire proposal is Middle East Quartet Envoy Tony Blair , who met al-Sisi on Saturday to orchestrate a ceasefire.

Hamas has said it will not agree to a halt in attacks on Israel without its conditions being set, a bit ludicrous considering it has been literally knocked out and barely has retained consciousness. It also has been welcomed with a thunderous silence by the Arab world towards Hamas’ weakened status after having committed almost every diplomatic and military mistake possible.

Hamas needs the ceasefire if by doing so Egypt will re-open the Rafah crossing and allow free flow of goods and merchandise, the lack of which might have cost Hamas dearly in the eyes of Gazans.

One big benefactor of a ceasefire would be Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who would be in a position to gain more prestige from the international community to dominate the Hamas-Fatah unity government.

Kerry undoubtedly has lunatic ideas that a resumption of the “peace process” with the Hamas-Fatah regime would follow a “halt in hostilities,” as the Egyptian proposal described it.

Based on previous ceasefires, the Egyptian plan will not get very far, if it ever gets to the stage of being proclaimed.

Residents in southern Israel will be after the head of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu if he agrees to a ceasefire, having suffered the aftereffects of dozens of previous declared halts of violence that have lasted from a couple of hours to a couple of months.

The Security Cabinet will meet Tuesday morning to discuss the Egyptian proposal.

After Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 and the Pillar of Cloud campaign nearly two years ago, Israel agreed to ceasefires after pummeling Hamas, which used the breaks between resume violence to stockpile more missiles and rockets.

The difference for Israel in the current Protective Edge campaign is that the government is in a far better position than before. The world is increasingly fed up with  Hamas, and the IDF has been unusually effective in proving that it has does everything possible to avoid civilian casualties while Hamas has been exposed as doing what it can it increase them. There are few accusations against Israel of “war crimes,” in sharp contrast to the previous counter terrorist campaigns.

As Netanyahu has stated,  Israel defends its citizens against rockets while Hamas defends its rockets at the expense of its civilians.

Israel’s good standing may be the underlying reason why Egypt and Kerry are trying to float a ceasefire proposal now. If Hamas agrees to it, then Israel would finally be cast as the bad guy if it does not along with it. Israel would lose the advantage of the international community’s not having a soapbox to stand on to berate Israel.

ISIS Makes Headway into Gaza and Sinai

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The Egyptian Army claims that 15 ISIS operative infiltrated into the Sinai over the weekend, but were captured.

Egypt has also claimed that ISIS terrorists have infiltrated into the Sinai from Gaza via the tunnels.

In an unrelated attack, four Egyptian policemen were killed in clashes with Jihadists in northern Sinai, on Saturday.

The Hamas terror organization is denying that ISIS is active in Gaza, despite ISIS flags being waved at the Gaza funeral of the two rocket terrorist killed in a targeted strike on Friday. The two terrorists were members of Al-Nasser Salah Al-Din Brigades, and the flags appear to link the organizations together.

Gaza’s Ministry of the Interior spokesman Iyad Al-Bezem said the only organizations [terrorists] active in Gaza are Palestinian organizations [terrorists] and not ISIS, according to an NRG report.

When terrorists are killed, their compatriots use that opportunity to wave the organization’s flags at the funeral to show which organization’s members were martyred fighting Israel.

The presence of ISIS in Gaza puts pressure on Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which until now were the leading terrorist organizations active in Gaza, after kicking out Fatah.

Egypt on High Alert, Bombings in Cairo Metro Stations

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Egypt’s Interior Ministry declared a high alert early Wednesday after several explosions shut down operations in several Cairo metro stations.

At least four people were injured in three separate metro stations, the Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The explosions took place in the northern district of the capital city during the morning rush hour.

In one instance, a person was reportedly carrying a homemade bomb to a station, according to an interior ministry official who spoke with a privately owned television channel quoted by Ha’aretz.

Much of the violence in Egypt – and terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula — over the past year has been caused by radical Islamist protesters angry over the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohammed Morsi.

The former president was forced out of office a year ago by newly-elected President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who at that time served as the army’s field marshal and the government’s defense minister.

El-Sisi acted to depose Morsi after a year of constant street violence and a groundswell of protests that resulted in a petition bearing more than one million signatures demanding Morsi’s resignation prior to his ouster.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-on-high-alert-bombings-in-cairo-metro-stations/2014/06/25/

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