Israel, Hamas agree to ceasefire in Gaza

posted at 3:11 pm on November 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

It’s in effect as of 2 p.m. ET. Whether it’ll still be in effect when this post publishes at a little after 3, who knows. Alternate headline: “Fat envelopes from Uncle Sam to Muslim Brotherhood to proceed as scheduled.”

Under the ceasefire terms, Israel is to stop all aggression against the Gaza Strip from land, sea and air, including cross-border incursions and targeted killings.

Palestinian factions are to cease all aggression from Gaza towards Israel, including rocket fire and attacks on the border.

Twenty-four hours after the ceasefire takes effect, Israel will also be committed to opening of all border crossings and ease restrictions on movements of people and goods in and out of the enclave.

It’s a return to the status quo for both sides. Israel will continue to maintain the blockade of Gaza and Hamas will continue to say stuff like this about today’s bus bombing:

Later, in an interview on the Hamas TV station al Aqsa, the group’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on Palestinians for more such attacks — even as cease-fire talks were under way.

“We need more of these painful strikes inside the depths of Israel, in all the towns and cities and villages of Israel,” he said.

I understand everyone’s interest in a ceasefire except Hamas’s. Netanyahu didn’t want to invade Gaza if he could avoid it, even after this morning’s ante-upping terrorist bid to force his hand. It’d be too politically risky for him ahead of an election and probably wouldn’t achieve much militarily now that the IAF has already degraded Hamas’s rocket capabilities from the air (temporarily). Obama didn’t want Israel to invade Gaza because he’s focused on Iran and Syria — or so he says — and doesn’t need a new round of Israeli/Palestinian warfare complicating things for him. (His call last Friday leaning on Morsi to broker a truce was reportedly “very tense.” I’ll bet.) Morsi didn’t want Israel to invade Gaza because he really needs those fat envelopes right now and because the longer a ground war dragged on, the more political pressure he’d be under at home to intervene on Hamas’s behalf. And since the Egyptian army is in no rush to square off again with the IDF, that would have left him in a serious bind.

Everyone had an incentive to defuse this bomb before it went off, then — except of course for the bombmaker, Hamas. Seems like they calculated last week that now was a fine time to escalate things with Israel because the Islamist tide of the Arab Spring would ensure more support from regional leaders than they’d received in the past. And if they could bait Israel into a full-scale invasion, with the sort of heavy casualties on both sides that Hamas craves for propaganda reasons, so much the better. That’s what this morning’s bus bombing was all about, I assume. And yet here we are with a ceasefire in effect. Why’d they agree to it? The only explanation I can think of is that Morsi and Egyptian diplomats leaned heavily on them to stand down, but what could Morsi have threatened them with to make them do that? Thanks to the glories of Egyptian democracy, it’s Hamas who has the leverage here, not him. If they accused him of siding with the dreaded Zionist entity against the Palestinian “resistance,” Egyptian Salafists would spend months demagoging him for it. He’d lose popular support at a moment when he’s trying to consolidate power. Egyptians hate Israel and Hamas and Morsi both know it, so why’d Hamas let him back them down? I can only assume that he begged them rather than threatened them, presumably by arguing that the more regional influence he has and the more western money he receives, the more he can do for Hamas long term. They took one for the jihadist team by quitting early this time.

Or so it seems. Needless to say, if they do end up breaking the ceasefire, it’ll show who really steers the good ship Arab Spring. Speaking of which: The guy who used to be the most influential Islamist in the region is spending his days recently screeching about Israeli “ethnic cleansing.” (Which is awfully sweet coming from a denialist of the Armenian genocide.) That’ll goose his popularity in the Middle East, just in case Morsi falters and the west needs a new best friend to keep the “peace.”


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The animals have broken it already.

novaculus on November 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

That didn’t last long…

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Aren’t there reports of more rocket fire from Gaza?

changer1701 on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Hillary is one of those women you shouldn’t fancy but….

EnglishRogue on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

EnglishRogue on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

If you do…you’re one sick bloke.

kingsjester on November 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

And how many more died while we waited for her to get there to grandstand over it?

CurtZHP on November 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Allah,

You forgot to add what Dr. K had to say last night. HAMAS is very adept at the pornography of grief.

The World media has been more or less disgusting in their coverage. The IDF and HAMAS are not the same.

Lance Murdock on November 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Here is Ramirez cartoon on this issue.

http://www.investors.com/editorial-cartoons/michael-ramirez/634218

I do not think that those sub-humans will EVER stop flinging rockets at Israel till every single person there is dead!

God be with you Israel and you are always in my prayers.
L

letget on November 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Pic of the Day: “For World Peace, Israel Must Be Destroyed”

Resist We Much on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Oh cripes, that picture wasn’t taken in England perchance?

EnglishRogue on November 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Is Hilary going to visit the US Ambassador in Libya since she is in the area…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I have two questions:

1) What is Iran doing that needed the world’s attention elsewhere?

2) How come the “cease fire” didn’t occur until Hil showed up? Gilding her resume for the 2016 run? She sure doesn’t have much else to show for her four years as SoS.

catsandbooks on November 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

How much should we read into Hillary’s color choice today? It’s quite a vivid green, and it’s nowhere near St. Patrick’s Day.

IrishEi on November 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

And how many more died while we waited for her to get there to grandstand over it?

CurtZHP on November 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

There were the 27 injured in the bus bombing, and the six murdered “spies” who were then dragged behind motorcycles.

IrishEi on November 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“Fat envelopes from Uncle Sam to Muslim Brotherhood to proceed as scheduled.”

Maybe next time we should wait and see if the Palis are going to abide by a cease-fire for 15 minutes before we hand over the envelopes.

Eren on November 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

And yet here we are with a ceasefire in effect. Why’d they [Hamas] agree to it?

The promise of more money and weapons from Clinton/Obama — likely funneled through Egypt, Syria, Libya, et. al.?

ShainS on November 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

switched over to cnn, anderson so sad for all the deaths in gaza, nevermind those evil israelis….cripe….

so one sided, its shameful

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

In the Middle East tomorrow has been named official Missile Launchers Relocation Day.

viking01 on November 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

how long before dear leader says I ended this ceasefire…

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

or should say, created the ceasefire

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

What is the Palestinian word for “Kabuki“…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Huge mistake by Israel… The terrorists would regroup and start their attacks again sooner rather than later… I think the Israelis went along because they think the parasite class President will help them on the much bigger issue of dealing with Iran nuclear program… They are foolish to believe so because he does not give a damn…

mnjg on November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

There can be no peace as long as Kirk lives.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Obama’s muzzie brothers on full display.

Love him, love them, dummies of the world.

His Arab Spring is nothing but crap. Eat it and suffocate from it. It ain’t Beluga caviar.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

how long before dear leader says I ended this ceasefire…

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Someone should pray and ask. :)

:/

:(

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Golda Meir – there can’t be peace until they love their children more than they hate us…words to this effect.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I’m sure Hillary played a huge part in negotiating the cease fire, just like she’s been so effective at every other challenge she’s faced as SOS. /

scalleywag on November 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

*pray to Obama, I meant. Went sour in my gut, that one.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ok – now back to that Benghazi bump in the road……………….

FlaMurph on November 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Palestinians celebrate by firing festive rockets into Israel.

The Rogue Tomato on November 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

mnjg on November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

THIS right here…spot on

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

NYT / PBS Hack Brooksie will probably call it a creasefire.

viking01 on November 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

They are foolish to believe so because he does not give a damn…

mnjg on November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Yes, he does. He loves the muzzie brotherhood. They are his people.

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

anderson showing the celebration in the gaza streets….

cripe….

time to turn it off….

HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Safe travels to all

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Ok – now back to that Benghazi bump in the road……………….

FlaMurph on November 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

No, we’re finished with that. On to the next. Some stuff about Black Friday followed by — Um — “The Apocryphal Nature of the Fiscal Cliff.”

– and “The Recovery.” And possibly, “Gearing Up for Affordable Care.”

I mean, really. If Jews didn’t want to be hit by rockets, they’d go away, right? And life in America proceeds as it always has, so the doom and gloom Conservatives were obviously wrong, right? Time to move on, ditch all the fake scandals.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

OT Twinkie mediation fails. Bye bye 15,000 jobs!

txhsmom on November 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Schadenfreude on November 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Good afternoon my friend, and I have to ask, are you ok, because I have noticed that the anger is seeping into your threads and dripping off in larger puddles now. Concerned a bit is all. I know you know this, but their going to get theirs soon enough and they won’t even see it coming, maybe it is the stoic in me that has been able to help quench the anger for the loss of something I have spent the last 25 years defending, and I wonder if old Boston T Party wasn’t right when he wrote about the “Hologram of Liberty” but either way, once it burns down, we get to build it back how we see fit this time. I am here for you my friend, whenever you need! Side note, as long as you don’t mind hanging out with poor white trash, or at least that is what they called me so many years ago before I enlisted.

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Axe, your really letting me down, there hasn’t been a porn reference in days, you have gone all serious on me, so unlike you! (Still laughing at the Chesty Puller thing, the boys loved that when I told them)

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Why? Because some of the money we gave Morsi will go to Hamas. MONEY TALKS. Even to Palestinians.

GarandFan on November 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

You’re just in a good mood. :) Ten hours tomorrow listening to my hippie sister crowing about ♪♫ Obama ♪♫ — fix you right up. :)

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Hamas takes in more Iranian missiles and reloads, they target and shoot more missiles sooner than later, Israel responds, cease fire, status quo…..rinse repeat.

Does anyone bother to cover this crap anymore? Its like the neighbor beating his wife who refuses to leave…..at some point, who cares?

rickyricardo on November 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

How many ceasefires does this make?There shouldn’t be need for another.Israel needs to do the Final Solution.

docflash on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

There can be no peace as long as Kirk lives.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

And you do know that Kirk is a Canadian Jew yes?

SO… there ya go… uh huh..

Komplach!

44Magnum on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

70% disapproval by the Israeli public. Bibi is going to get killed in the Israeli elections Jan. 22.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/several-casualties-in-explosion-in-central-tel-aviv/#at_20:53

solatic on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

It won’t be long until “Update: Hamas fires rockets at Israel”

Dollayo on November 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Oh cripes, that picture wasn’t taken in England perchance?

EnglishRogue on November 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Londonistan.

Resist We Much on November 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

70% disapproval by the Israeli public. Bibi is going to get killed in the Israeli elections Jan. 22.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/several-casualties-in-explosion-in-central-tel-aviv/#at_20:53

solatic on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

.
The Iraeli youth see Bibi as the aggressor as well…

Let ‘em go already- Why should we even be involved anymore-
Let Israel get cleared out and let the Arab world find someone else to blame- while we at least have a Mooslum sympathizer as our fraud leader.

FlaMurph on November 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

70% disapproval by the Israeli public. Bibi is going to get killed in the Israeli elections Jan. 22.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/several-casualties-in-explosion-in-central-tel-aviv/#at_20:53

solatic on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

But how is he polling with the Hispanics? That’s the important question here.

stefanite on November 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

No thanks, I have three sisters of my own, all way younger than me and I mean way younger. They are all teachers in our hometown. the crazy thing, one is about as red as it gets, the other two, as blue as it gets so go figure. I have been watching for days, but unfortunately no commenting at work, and by the time I get back here, well you guys are almost asleep if not already there. Hey one other reminder, RWM is a Girl! in case you have forgotten, when she hit you with that I thought I would never get up off the floor:)

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Let Israel get cleared out

FlaMurph on November 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Ah yes, the Paultard wet dream.

stefanite on November 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Hamas Violates Cease-Fire…

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I bet Hamas was running out of missiles and needed a chance for resupply. Hillary/Obama will take credit for the cease fire. Bibi will be blamed when the rearmed Hamas starts shooting again. Such is the world of the liberal media spin.

KW64 on November 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I know Resist’s a girl. O yes. You weren’t been paying close enough attention. :)

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

The cease-fire agreement came as Israel scored hit after hit on Hamas terror infrastructure, including Iranian-made long-range rockets–but also shortly after a terror attack on a bus in Tel Aviv for which Hamas claimed responsibility. The timing may allow Hamas to claim a political and strategic victory, especially as its rockets reached the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time during the week-long conflict.

It would, wouldn’t it? Ouch ouch ouch — peace peace peace! It’s like watching Mars Attacks.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

*went from “haven’t been” to “weren’t” — bad edit, sorry. :) Please to strike “been” with an improvised rocket.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

sorry had to post this…

this just in….dear leader claiming credit for the cease fire…he was really involved in the talks…

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This is a quote from Rush and I sure can’t disagree! Maybe this is why hill is waiting till Dec. to get before a hearing? The gals will stick together, won’t they, on the d side?

“In addition to Hillary securing the credit for the ceasefire, you know what else I think she gets? A get out of Benghazi jail card free. Since Hillary brokered the ceasefire, we can’t really bring the hammer down on her on Benghazi. It just wouldn’t look fair. ” – Rush
L

letget on November 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

president ‘closed the deal’
-lsm

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

letget on November 21, 2012 at 4:40 PM

ding ding ding….yepper, the squishy gop will just cave

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Yes, I have been quite inattentive lately:) Sorry bout that, then again with the ME exploding for the gazzilionth time, I have been a bit preoccupied, knowing once I leave here I am probably going back there for, well I have kinda lost track at this point. At some point maybe we along with Israel will get leaders who espouse the Clausewitz theory of war and remind a culture that is still in the year 1391 that we know how to wage war as well.

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

None of my friends ( Israeli) are speaking positively of Bibi right now…. everyone is pissed off at him. They are calling him ” zero, scarredi cat,” etc – and these are secular not religious or observant Israeli Jews . Problem is, there seemingly is not a stronger candidate that posses a threat to him in the general election.

aebloo on November 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Hamas Violates Cease-Fire…
Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Boxers rarely get penalized for blows after the bell. I assume the same basic principal applies here.

weaselyone on November 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yes, I have been quite inattentive lately:) Sorry bout that, then again with the ME exploding for the gazzilionth time, I have been a bit preoccupied, knowing once I leave here I am probably going back there for, well I have kinda lost track at this point. At some point maybe we along with Israel will get leaders who espouse the Clausewitz theory of war and remind a culture that is still in the year 1391 that we know how to wage war as well.

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You are stationed at the moment on a hill peeking out of the big water, right? :) The thing that bothers me most about Obama’s reelection is me boy. Me boy’s in England, flapping his wings, if you hear me. He’s young — please note Resist that my son is very young and I am therefore not actually old — and was thinking “Career.” I felt alright about it until now. Now I find myself working my already-flat ass off trying to maybe give him an option.

Just dumb dad thoughts. Just talking.

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It won’t last long — it never does. Hamas will start firing rockets again.

sadatoni on November 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Axe on November 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yeah, they call it the Rock, second time here, first time had the family and the kids were young, they loved it, now mine are grown as well, all out flapping thier wings as well, but they both decided to stay deep in the heartland, though my son was thinking of joining up for a bit, but issue earlier in his young adult hood nixed that. Axe, they aren’t dumb and its ok, trust me to just talk. I wish I could give you some peace of mind, but until our leaders and the public allow us to fight the savage war that needs fought, getting him back to the heartland is probably the best advice I could give you right now. Again, I am poor white trash so what do I know:)

MarshFox on November 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Sigh. I wish Israel would just break out the cluster bombs and have at it. Alas, I know that’s just a pipe dream. One day they may not have a choice.

Hummer53 on November 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Israel is wise to agree to the ceasefire. The displaced arabs misnamed palestinians will continue their terrorist attacks regardless.

Israel will not know peace until she stomps one of her enemies. That’s how it is with coward thugs.

dogsoldier on November 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

How many ceasefires does this make?There shouldn’t be need for another.Israel needs to do the Final Solution.

docflash on November 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The problem Israel has, as already proven last time in the Lebanon campaign, is Hussein greatly delaying their re-arming, parts, etc. Took, oh, IIRC, 8-9 months before the azzhole in WH decided to allow ammo to flow to Israel after Lebanon. I am sure that Bibi had this in mind this time around, just the utter silence in Lebanon makes me think that this was to happen in stages, first Hamas does its part to make Israel use all the ammo it can, then as the stocks are depleted Hizbolah comes in in hopes that Israel won’t have much to counter with (and azzhole in WH doing his part). Hamas did not expect to loose so many “leaders” in the short time it took Israel to exterminate them, thus Hizbolah most likely made its own assumptions.

I am also sure this is just another delaying tactic by Hamas and rockets will flow once more, in short order. While they declare it is not under their control if some rogue Gazans launch rockets. Its all a pcak of lies, as usual. With azzhole in WH and Shillary doing what they have been doing for years to help out muslims every each way.

Funny how it took Saudi Arabia pretty short time to get their request for F35s approved, while it took Israel way, way longer of pleading with the azzhole in WH. When in reality Israel is the only real proving grounds for latest technology these days.

riddick on November 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Hamas needs a ceasefire because they need time to reload.

fossten on November 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Under the ceasefire terms, Israel is to stop all aggression against the Gaza Strip from land, sea and air, including cross-border incursions and targeted killings.

The targeted killings were aimed for the leaders of Hamas. Weakening or eliminating them assuredly would quell the attacks. If there are civilians being killed, it is only because these “leader” hide behind women and children or in mosques.

Why can Obysmal be excused from targeted killings if Israel’s more humane approach is criticized?

onlineanalyst on November 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

What is the Palestinian word for “Kabuki“…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Hudna? Taqiyya?

onlineanalyst on November 21, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I really feel that Isreal is going to be hit from all sides, and our Muslim president will not go to their aid.
If that happens on their way out they should just nuke the middle east and end these terrorist regimes once and for all.
You cannot reason with madmen.

concernedsenior on November 21, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I really feel that Isreal is going to be hit from all sides, and our Muslim president will not go to their aid.
If that happens on their way out they should just nuke the middle east and end these terrorist regimes once and for all.
You cannot reason with madmen.

concernedsenior on November 21, 2012 at 6:35 PM

.
Israel is going to get hit from all sides, sooner or later.

She’ll survive anyway, but woe be the attackers.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

sorry had to post this…

this just in….dear leader claiming credit for the cease fire…he was really involved in the talks…

cmsinaz on November 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

.
Seeing how long it lasted, I say give him the credit.

ALL of it.

listens2glenn on November 21, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Finally. Someone is thinking what I’ve been thinking for years.

My question: Has Hillary Clinton ever registered an actual accomplishment? She’s been given some positions of responsibility, and now she’s stepping down (perhaps to return). But tell me: What are her achievements, if any?
Posted by Ann Althouse at 9:51 PM

scalleywag on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Embassy of Israel ‏@IsraelinUSA

PM Netanyahu’s statement regarding a cease fire http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventsumm211112.aspx#.UK1It5JM6ng.twitter … #IsraelUnderFire #PillarofDefense
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PM Netanyahu’s Statement at November 21 Press Conference with Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense – Operation Pillar of Defense – Cease-Fire

21/11/2012
Photo by GPO

“Citizens of Israel,

Eight days ago, Israel embarked on operation Pillar of Defense. The Government decided to launch the operation after the frequency of the terror attacks originating from Gaza increased over the last few months. I announced that we would respond forcibly to these attacks when we see fit. I said that we would exact a heavy price from the terror organizations.

The terror organizations assumed that we would avoid offensive action against them; they were wrong. We hit their senior commanders, we destroyed thousands of rockets which were aimed towards the South and most of those aimed towards central Israel, and we crushed Hamas’ control facilities. I must say that we did this with the strong support of the leading authorities of the international community.

In particular, I wish to thank President Obama for his resolute support for Israel’s actions, for this operation and for Israel’s right to defend itself. I also thank him for supporting the Iron Dome systems. I thank Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and express my gratitude to the Egyptians for their efforts in achieving this cease-fire.

In a phone call I had this evening with President Obama, I agreed with him that we should give the cease-fire a chance in order to enable a lull in the situation and allow for the citizens of Israel to return to routine. However, Israel obviously cannot sit idly while our enemy reinforces itself with weapons of terror. Therefore we decided, President Obama and myself, that the United States and Israel would work together to fight the smuggling of weapons to the terror organizations – weapons, virtually all of which come from Iran.

From the day the State of Israel was established, it has had to deal with complex challenges in the Middle East, and we can all see that these challenges have become even more complex in the last few years. Under these conditions we are required to navigate this ship, the State of Israel, wisely and responsibly while taking into account all considerations – military and political alike. This is what a responsible government does, and it is what we did here: we made use of our military might while applying political considerations.

Now, I realize that there are citizens who expect a harsher military action and we may very well need to do that. But at present, the right thing for the State of Israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. As Prime Minister, I have the responsibility, and it is the highest responsibility, to make the right steps to ensure our security. That is what I have done and it is what I will continue to do.

During the last week, Israel has lost several victims. On behalf of the entire population, I send condolences to the families, and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.

I would like to thank my colleagues, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. We worked together as a team, in full agreement. I also thank the Nine-Member Ministerial Forum, the Cabinet and the Government, for working – each in its field of responsibility – for the citizens of Israel. I also appreciate the factions of the Opposition and the factions in Knesset for standing with us and proclaiming their support.

I thank the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, the Chief of Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, the Director of the Mossad, Tamir Pardo, and all of their people for their exceptional efforts in reaching our accomplishments in Pillar of Defense. On behalf of the people of Israel, I thank the IDF commanders and soldiers, the pilots, the Iron Dome operators and developers, the members of the intelligence services, all the members of the security services and to the reservists, who left their families and immediately signed up for duty.

I appreciate the mayors and heads of regional councils for displaying leadership and level-headedness at the Home Front, and above all – I salute you, the citizens of Israel. We have a strong army; we have a strong people. I am proud to by your Prime Minister.”
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http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventsumm211112.aspx#.UK1It5JM6ng.twitter

canopfor on November 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM


Full Transcript: The Terms of Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement (VIDEO)
November 21, 2012 3:03 pm
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Below The Algemeiner provides the full text of Israel’s ceasefire agreement with Hamas to go into effect shortly. The document was obtained by a BBC reporter and transcribed by the Challah Hu Akbar blog.

Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

1. a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel, including rocket attacks, and attacks along the border.

c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refraining from restricting residents free movement, and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

d. Other matters as maybe requested shall be addressed.

2. Implementation Mechanism:

a. Setting up of the zero hour for the Ceasefire Understanding to enter into effect.

b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commit to what was agreed upon.

c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations, Egypt – as the sponsor of this understanding – shall be informed to follow up.

A video of the ceasefire announcement can be viewed below:
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http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/11/21/full-transcript-the-terms-of-israel-hamas-ceasefire-agreement-video/

canopfor on November 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM

But how is he polling with the Hispanics? That’s the important question here.

stefanite on November 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Sharp blade.

VorDaj on November 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM

But tell me: What are her achievements, if any?
Posted by Ann Althouse at 9:51 PM

scalleywag on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Staying out of prison.

VorDaj on November 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

But tell me: What are her achievements, if any?
Posted by Ann Althouse at 9:51 PM

scalleywag on November 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Do you think you could have committed 1/10 the number of crimes she has committed and not been sentenced to at least 150 years in prison?

I didn’t think so.

VorDaj on November 21, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Hillary is one of those women you shouldn’t fancy but….

EnglishRogue on November 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

…you’ll have a Cigar with Monica?

KOOLAID2 on November 21, 2012 at 11:25 PM

AP- could this have anything to do with Egypt’s willingness to get involved as they dd?

https://twitter.com/BreakingNews/status/271647328102932480

BKeyser on November 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Strategic bombing and massing troops at the boarder makes the muslims fold like a cheap tent.

Dollayo on November 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM