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The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a miserable sales pitch to the Israeli people Wednesday night in a weak effort to turn around public opinion that is unhappy, if not disgusted, with his agreeing to the cease-fire announced by Hamas and its new war partner, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.

The Prime Minister, followed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantzת repeated over and over Israel’s achievements in the war


Netanyahu claimed that Israel achieved the goals it set from the beginning, mainly to restore quiet to Israel and to destroy terror tunnels.

He also rewrote his promise earlier this month that there will no cease-fire without disarming Hamas. Magically, that now has become a “long-term” goal.

He buried that promise among the insistence that “Hamas did not get one demand” that it made before the cease-fire.

Netanyahu listed Hamas’ demands as a deep-sea port, an airport, freeing terrorists who were released in the delay of the return of Gilad Shalit and then were re-arrested for returning to terror, mediation of Turkey and Qatar in cease-fire talks.

And what happened to his position that Israel would not negotiate under fire?

Technically, Netanyahu kept its word. Israel negotiators were recalled from Cairo every time Hamas broke a cease-fire and resume rocket fire on Israel.

But negotiations do not require face-to face discussions. Does Netanyahu want everyone to believe that Israel was not updated on the Egyptian-brokered plan and Hamas’s reactions?

Does he really want everyone to believe that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority announced the cease-fire without knowing that Israel would accept it?

And if indeed that is what happened and the cease-fire simply fell on Israel out of the blue, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s acceptance only shows how destructively passive he was, failing to seize the last days of the war to make demands.

More likely, the United States was involved. U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said yesterday that Kerry and his point man in the Middle East, Frank Lowenstein, were in constant contact with Netanyahu.

She said the United States was not an active participant in the talks but was part of the action, in one way or the other.

Netanyahu hammered away at all of the achievements that are well-known – the destruction of terror tunnels, the relentless attacks on hundreds of Hamas command centers, rocket launchers and weapons factories and storerooms.

Approximately 1,000 terrorists were killed in the war.

Israel’s successes in the war cannot be pooh-poohed. Hamas indeed was dealt a crippling blow. Hamas knows very well that the days are over when it can lob mortar shells and launching rockets at the Gaza Belt without a fierce retaliation.

However, the Israeli public, including the influential center and center-left in Tel Aviv, no longer trusts agreements with Arabs and does not trust the Israeli government, no matter who is charge, to walk out of diplomatic negotiations without opened up the chicken barn for the foxes.

“Hamas is isolated politically, and we received legitimacy in the international community,” Netanyahu insisted. He said that Israel won solid backing in the international community, and that is true – today. And maybe tomorrow.

By next week, it will have evaporated into thin air, and once again there will be international demands that Israel make peace by diplomatic suicide.

One of the most disturbing statements at the press conference was made by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who boasted that it will take Hamas 10 years to re-build.

So what do we have? A 10-year respite before the next war?

Netanyahu noted that Israel has allegedly enjoyed peace and quiet in the north since the cease-fire that ended the Second Lebanon War in 2006.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. The Hamas is making war against Israel, because it is firing rockets towards Israel and it intends to destroy Israel. It is written in the Torah, in Deuteronomy 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies. So, the State of Israel must kill all the members of the Hamas, including those who are imprisoned. Therefore, there must not be ceasefire until the last member of the Hamas is killed. The State of Israel must kill all members of the Hamas, instead of just destroying their infrastructure, tunnels and weapons. If the State of Israel destroys the Hamas infrastructure, tunnels and weapons, but does not kill all the members of Hamas, they will rebuild the infrastructure and the tunnels and will acquire new and more modern weapons, and will continue to throw rockets towards Israel. The State of Israel must make war as God commanded in Deuteronomy 20:10-18, killing all the enemies.
    The Arabs of Gaza are making war against Israel, because they are throwing rockets at the Jews. It is written in the Torah, in Deuteronomy 20:10-18, that God commanded that, in the war, Israel kill all the enemies, without distinction between combatants and civilians. So, the State of Israel must kill all the Arabs of Gaza, without distinction between combatants and civilians. Note that the Arabs of Gaza are throwing rockets at the Jews without distinction between combatants and civilians. Note also that the so called “civilians” of Gaza are terrorists as well, because they cooperate with the Hamas terrorists, serving as human shields for them.

  2. I think I understand Netanyahu's position although I don't agree with it. He wants to hurt Hamas but he doesn't want to put them completely out of business. If he does, as nature abhors a vacuum, some other authority will take over Gaza. He doesn't want Israel to do that nor does he want Isis. Al Queda or Fatah. So he'll settle for a weakened Hamas. This of course is kicking the can down the road as it will need to an even deadlier confrontation in the future.

  3. Which tip of his forked tongue did he use this time?
    Pipi sacrificed our boys to protect the civilians in Gaza who are Ham'Ass instead of cutting off the water, electicity and food trucks which would have stopped the war in three days.
    NuttyYahoo is showing his duplicity again and this time we are not buying it. We need real leaders who will fight the enemy according to Torah law instead of Pipi, Bli'Yaalon and Gantz the politician wannabe. We need generals who are professional soldiers.

  4. Bibi failed in his endeavor. He allowed Hamas to extract itself from total annihilation. This cease fire will last for as long as it will take Hamas to rearm itself with weapons from Iran and Syria. More tunnels will be dug,more rockets will fall on Israeli soil,more kidnapping and the whole vicious cycle will start all over again. Hamas and the rest of these bandits cannot be trusted. It's an incurable cancer that must be removed from the surface of this earth. That includes Isis,Al Aqsa,Hezbollah and the rest of those radical Islamists. However Israel cannot do it alone. It must have the support of the West and the US, I'll also add Russia, for it will not be long before Europe will have its own Tsunami.

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