UN Security Council issues non-binding call for cease fire in Gaza

posted at 2:31 pm on July 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The UN Security Council issued a non-specific call for a cease-fire in Gaza, as both sides continue to trade artillery fire. The unanimous but non-binding resolution makes no call on the conflict itself, but demands a return to the November 2012 cease-fire that Hamas has continuously violated almost since the ink dried on the agreement:

A council statement approved by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution.

The statement calls for “the reinstitution of the November 2012 cease-fire” brokered by Egypt, but gives no time frame for when it should take effect.

Palestinian U.N. envoy, Riyad Mansour, said the Palestinians’ understanding is that the cease-fire should go into effect immediately.

That might be news to the Israelis, who demanded from the beginning that Hamas stop firing rockets into Israel to avoid a military conflict in the first place. Israel still says it will stop firing at Gaza as soon as Hamas stops firing at Israel. So far, though, Hamas continues to lob its missiles at Israeli population centers, even hitting the West Bank today:

Today alone, Hamas has fired 34 missiles into Israel — and counting:

Gaza militants, who have launched hundreds of rockets at Israel since July 8, fired at least 34 at Israel today, the army said on Twitter. Two others were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile-defense system. Three Israelis were hurt yesterday, one seriously, when a rocket hit a gas station in Ashdod.

That report is misleading on one aspect. The Israelis began responding to the rocket fire on July 8, but the rocket fire ramped up for days prior to the launch of the Israeli counteroffensive. On July 4, the Israelis warned that continued fire of rockets into Israel would provoke a military response. Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel afterward, 70 on July 7 alone. That doesn’t take into account that Hamas regularly fires on Israel as a normal course of action, which is why Israel had to create Iron Dome in the first place.

There is little doubt that Gaza is getting the worst of it, though that’s better explained as a reason not to keep firing on a neighboring state with a powerful military:

The Israeli military released an aerial photo of the al-Farouq Mosque it said it hit in northern Gaza, saying Hamas hid rockets in it right next to another religious site and civilian homes.

“Hamas terrorists systematically exploit and choose to put Palestinians in Gaza in harm’s way and continue to locate their positions among civilian areas and mosques, proving once more their disregard for human life and holy sites,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman.

Hamas said Israel hit two mosques in its operation Saturday. The competing claims could not be immediately reconciled, but the militant group said it hopes the attack galvanizes support in the Muslim world.

“The bombing of two mosques in Gaza overnight shows how barbaric this enemy is and how much is it hostile to Islam,” said Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman in Doha, Qatar. “This terrorism gives us the right to broaden our response to deter this occupier.”

Actually, the “Muslim world” has much bigger problems on its plate at the moment in Syria and Iraq. It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for Hamas to provoke a military response by firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli cities, and then demand that their lack of resources should (a) cause Israel to stop firing back, and (b) point to their losses as a crisis for everyone else.  The Palestinian Authority tried to get a UN resolution demanding that Israel stop its Gaza offensive unilaterally, but that was a no go for this very reason.

By the way, the UN resolution was so effective that Hamas launched a volley of rockets at Tel Aviv shortly afterward:

Jeffrey Goldberg writes about the lack of global response to the war, and concludes that Hamas may have made a huge miscalculation this time:

I’ve been struck, over the last few days, by the world’s indifference to Gaza’s fate. Perhaps this conflict has been demoted to the status of a Middle East sideshow by the cataclysms in Iraq and Syria. Perhaps even the most accommodationist European governments know that Israel is within its right to hunt down the people trying to kill its citizens. Regardless of the cause, Israel seems under less pressure than usual to curb its campaign.

There is no doubt that Hamas could protect Palestinian lives by ceasing its current campaign to end Israeli lives. The decision is Hamas’s. As the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, said yesterday, “We face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable — and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing.”

Goldberg points to the future that Gazans could have chosen rather than Hamas … in Kurdistan:

The politics of the moment are fascinating and dreadful, but what really interests me currently is a counterfactual: What if, nine years ago, when Israel withdrew its soldiers and settlers from Gaza, the Palestinians had made a different choice. What if they chose to build the nucleus of a state, rather than a series of subterranean rocket factories?

This thought is prompted by something a pair of Iraqi Kurdish leaders once told me. Iraqi Kurdistan is today on the cusp of independence. Like the Palestinians, the Kurds deserve a state. Unlike most of the Palestinian leadership, the Kurds have played a long and clever game to bring them to freedom.

This is what Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, told me years ago: “Compare us to other liberation movements around the world. We are very mature. We don’t engage in terror. We don’t condone extremist nationalist notions that can only burden our people. Please compare what we have achieved in the Kurdistan national-authority areas to the Palestinian national authority. … We have spent the last 10 years building a secular, democratic society, a civil society.” What, he asked, have the Palestinians built?

Gazans could have chosen the path of responsible statehood. Had they done so after the end of the Israeli occupation, Goldberg points out, the Israeli blockade would never have taken place, and Gaza could have been on its way to returning to its former status as a resort jewel on the Mediterranean. Instead, they chose Hamas, and war. When they get tired of war, perhaps they will choose more wisely in the future. Like the cease-fire, the choice is theirs to make.

For continuing coverage of the Gaza war, I’d suggest keepings tabs on my friend Carl at Israel Matzav for on-the-ground updates, and William Jacobson’s Legal Insurrection for the stateside view.


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How ’bout no!

I wish Israel would just completely eliminate the menace once and for all.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Where’s the UN’s indignation and call for a cease fire in Nigeria and the indescriminate slaughter of Christians by Muslims.

iamsaved on July 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

as both sides continue to trade artillery fire.

Ed loves his Leftist memes.

faraway on July 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

ISIS attacks Iraq. UN is silent.
Hamas lobs rockets into Israel. UN is silent.
Lebanon lobs rockets into Israel. UN is silent.

Israel returns fire. UN demands a cease fire and Obama offers his considerable negotiating skills to do it… or Israel can sue him.

Leftists are now single handedly destroying the world.

OTOH this is proof that all centralized authorities are total failures. Not that leftists have ever let facts stand in the way of their ideology. After all, they’re the ones happily proclaiming that reality bends to their whims.

Skywise on July 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Obama’s Gaza terrorist friends must be feeling the heat.

viking01 on July 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Isral is pretty much bombing them into oblivion. The UN can go f#%* themselves…

sorrowen on July 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Tell Hamas – if you stop the rocket attacks for 24 hours – we will stop – the minute another missile is launched that is a declaration of war and all of Gaza is then a target.

redguy on July 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Isral is pretty much bombing them into oblivion. The UN can go f#%* themselves…

sorrowen on July 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

My thoughts exactly.

redguy on July 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Israel…

sorrowen on July 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

And, if they don’t stop, the UN is going to turn this car around right now!

trigon on July 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

UN-useless as always. AWOL all the time Hamas was shooting rockets into Israel before all this escalated. A day late, a dollar short.

warmairfan on July 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Obama’s Gaza terrorist friends must be feeling the heat.

viking01 on July 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Obama heard that the Muslim Brotherhood is allowing gay anal sex, so he is pretty excited about that.

redguy on July 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

The U.N. is so cute when it’s mad.

katy the mean old lady on July 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

These people are fanatics. Even the preschool TV shows glorify suicide bombers and promote hating Jews.

Hamas was founded on two principles: destroying the state of Israel, and killing Jews wherever they may be found. It’s the reason for their existence. They will never negotiate.

Yet Obama continues aid to the PA which formed a “unity government” with Hamas.

I’m not completely sure whose side he is on, but it sure isn’t ours.

Adjoran on July 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Israel is pretty much owning Hamas it’s not really fair but hey the UN and Obama doesn’t know that the ceasefire ship has sailed when those teens where brutally killed.

sorrowen on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Obama heard that the Muslim Brotherhood is allowing gay anal sex, so he is pretty excited about that.

redguy on July 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

This new anal jihad must have them shooting fireballs from their arse.

faraway on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Force march the ARabs out of Gaza, into the Sinai.

Then, go to the West Bank and force march the Arabs across the River Jordan.

Israel’s problems, solved. And I’m sure Egypt and Jordan will welcome their Arab brethren with open arms…

JohnGalt23 on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Israel should continue striking back at these LIBERAL BULLIES and we Americans here in the states should start doing the same to OUR LIBERAL BULLIES!!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Ed loves his Leftist memes.

faraway on July 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

How so? You should start your own blog.
“Yammering on and on about sh!t I know nothing about.”
It should be a hit.

katy the mean old lady on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

By all means stop the missile launches. Makes it difficult for the IDF bulldozer operators to do a thural job cleaning out the hamas infestation.

lel2007 on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Isn’t EVERYTHING the UN Security Council issues non-binding?
And ignored?

Tard on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Liberals would be screaming….

Realdemocrat1 on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Isn’t EVERYTHING the UN Security Council issues non-binding?
And ignored?

Tard on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Sshhh. All that harumphing keeps them from infesting the Turtle Bay local bars.

katy the mean old lady on July 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Israel can stop when northern Gaza is leveled.

TfromV on July 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Perhaps Israel will, for once, reject all calls for Hudna from both Hamas and the external influences of the UN , EU, and US. No more temporary truces to the muslim advantage, only to be broken when they’re feeling feisty again, might send a new and different message to Hamas and Fatah.

Infidelius on July 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Isn’t EVERYTHING the UN Security Council issues non-binding?
And ignored? – Tard on July 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

You nailed that one.

SC.Charlie on July 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

They chose….poorly

cmsinaz on July 12, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Regarding the UN Security Council statements: STFU! When the UN is willing to do something useful toward getting rid of Islamic terrorism, then I’ll start listening to what is has to say, but that won’t happen as long as that worthless organization allows rabid states to preside over it.

HiJack on July 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Israel should continue striking back at these LIBERAL BULLIES and we Americans here in the states should start doing the same to OUR LIBERAL BULLIES!!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Israel should continue striking back at these LIBERAL FASCIST BULLIES and we Americans here in the states should start doing the same to OUR LIBERAL FASCIST BULLIES!!!!!

Hitler would be proud of Hamas and horrified by Obama.

redguy on July 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I wish Israel would just completely eliminate the menace once and for all.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

We all do, but starting WWIII is not to anybody’s liking.

HiJack on July 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

We all do, but starting WWIII is not to anybody’s liking.

HiJack on July 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Wish whom? I don’t see China going to war in defense of PA. Obama, possibly.

Rix on July 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Regarding the UN Security Council statements: STFU! When the UN is willing to do something useful toward getting rid of Islamic terrorism, then I’ll start listening to what is has to say, but that won’t happen as long as that worthless organization allows rabid states to preside over it.

HiJack on July 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Which reminds me of the old saw about “Useless as t**ts on a boar hog”. Yep, that’s the UN.

Infidelius on July 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The U.N.????? Bwahahahahahahahahahahaa…snort..snort..bwahahahahahahahahahahahhahaaa…yer killin’ me…Bwahahahahahahahha…sheeeesh…snort..giggle….gasp…God, my sides hurt from all the laughing….whew…..

Wonder what Bibi will say…..

bimmcorp on July 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The lack of response from accommodationist Euros may have much to do with Putin’s statement that Israel has the right to defend its citizens. Euros realize Obama is crap next to the real “bear” and have decided to shut up.

clnurnberg on July 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM


non-specific call for a cease-fire in Gaza


WHAT ABOUT A CEASE-FIRE IN ISRAEL????

huntingmoose on July 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

The UN Security Council issued a non-specific call for a cease-fire in Gaza, as both sides continue to trade artillery fire.

I can hear the UN now…

hamas. israel. stop. don’t fight. it’s not nice. cease. desist. cool it. quit. play nice. can’t we all get along. don’t do that. we’ll get mad.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

WHAT ABOUT A CEASE-FIRE IN ISRAEL????

huntingmoose on July 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

But they’re just jooooooooos…they don’t count to the U.N.

bimmcorp on July 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

WHAT ABOUT A CEASE-FIRE IN ISRAEL????

huntingmoose on July 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

So…Hamas starts their BS but Israel has to stop.

Typical.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

War-mongering jooooos….Hamas sends a few rockets, no doubt launched by “rogue elements” into Israel & this is their disproportionate response! IF ONLY the Joooos would grant the Palestinians land to rule so they were not so angry and dis-possessed…. OH WAIT…. Never Mind.

JFKY on July 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

This non-binding UN resolution is straight from the “Now, boys- I’m serious this time- don’t make me come in there. I’m serious. Are you listening to me?” school of parenting diplomacy.

Works like a charm. (Trust me. I read it in a magazine.)

The next step: “Don’t make me tell your father.”

Dolce Far Niente on July 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Hell, Gaza isn’t even taking a real beating. There stockpiled arms, launchers, tunnels, military commanders are being targetted. A relatively small number of their civilians have died to to them refusing to get out even after being warned.

Israel has now issued a warning to people who live in northern gaza to get out. I don’t know if this means the area is going to be hammered pre-invasion or the IDF is just going in.

Blake on July 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Wonder what the UN would say if the Arab cockroaches lobbed hundreds of rockets into their building?

RdLake on July 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

OT – but should be ON TOPIC, if any HA editors read “tips” or follow Drudge, et al:

Obama’s State Dept. in Mexico City BRAGS that it has been conspiring for over a year with the president of Mexico to orchestrate the foreign invasion of our country:

http://mexico.usembassy.gov/press-releases/embassy-statement5/embassy-statement.html

Embassy Statement

Mexico City, July 08, 2014 – We applaud yesterday’s announcement by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto regarding Mexico’s strategy for its southern border. The Mexican government has been working on this strategy for more than a year, and has routinely briefed the U.S. government on Mexico’s objectives….

The embassy’s short statement mentions the biometric features of the plan, but skips over the 72 hour permiso feature that facilitates illegal aliens hopping on the “Death Trains” to Texas.

The Mexico/Guatemala statement they are applauding that DOES include a description of the permiso visa feature (use Google translate to read it and weep):

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion-mexico/2014/impreso/mexico-y-guatemala-protegeran-a-migrantes-216921.html

Extract:

Highlighted the vision of President Peña Nieto that “instead of putting walls, obstacles and difficulties,” has vision of togetherness. Shares for a secure border Peña Nieto detailed the five lines of action of the program begins with the ordering of border traffic for crossing minimum of information.

To encourage formal access to Mexico to obtain the card Regional Away Guatemalans and Belizeans for free and with which the wearer can enter up to 72 hours to the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Tabasco be provided.

fred5678 on July 12, 2014 at 4:31 PM

When you look at what is happening in the Middle East, from Syria to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and the North African peninsula, I don’t think Israel is going to be pressured this time to not eliminate at least one threatening front.

I can’t help but consider the possibility that the escalation of hostilities by Hamas was deliberate and calculated to draw Israel into the wider conflict. If that becomes the case, we can look to Barack Obama’s hands off foreign policy and open hostility towards Netanyahu as the catalyst.

Obama is not the messiah, he is the anti-Christ.

Dan_NV on July 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Another cease fire? How about terms of unconditional surrender?

Barnestormer on July 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Another cease fire? How about terms of unconditional surrender?

Barnestormer on July 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The Security Council is working on getting Israel to do that as we type.

RickB on July 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

UN Watches the Canary:

The problem is what will WE do. What Israel faces today the US, west and others will face in the future.

This expanding enemy is a murderous islamofascist death cult bent on dar es the whole world.

If we try to kill them all, even with the technical ability and their high concentration in certain geo-areas, its not 100% possible and it will fuel new ones, perhaps outnumbering the current, and activate those among us.

If we occupy and rule them, it’s a constant battle of attrition losing our children killed for little to show, and like whack-a-mole they will breakout elsewhere and continue killing us in tens. Plus we will lose lives in the battles to take over.

If we try to deter them they rightly interpet it as stupidity and weakness, and encourages them to plot and attack more. They revere their own martyrdom and prepare their toddlers with explosive vests. Their leaders relish the use of their sufferring for propoganda.

Trying to understand, appease and help them fuels their visions of victory and encourages more attacks too. If it were possible to annhilate the Israeli population and the Arab leaders and hand the reigns to the caliphate, the Sunni-Shiite wars would explode, and the killing of Christians, Jews and others would accelerate. Islamists with strategic depth and $, the west as well as the whole middle east would be facing islamo-nuke fallout in no time.

If we fight them on the ground and destroy their capabilities back 40 years, we lose precious lives and spend fortunes we need at home, only to find ourselves back in the same position 10 years later. As soon as each battle ends useful idiots rush in to help rebuild the suicide society.

So far Israel, US, Russia, China, nobody has found the answer. Israel has time to to think as long as none of their population is getting killed. When that happens thinking will have to take a back seat to emotion.

On a small scale, Hamas has longer more accurate rockets stored in the schools, hospitals and mosques. They are surrounded by willing women, and children with no choice, designed to inflame with ‘civilian’ casualties. Abbas, the “leader” of the unity government with hamas is stoking riots instead of declaring cease fire showing he really isn’t in control of anything. The world leaders know what is happenning and although they wouldn’t resist Israels destruction any more than they did in WW2, they fear the islamo fascists and prefer to keep the focus on Israel as a buffer. Unfortunately the islamo facists aren’t satisfied and don’t fall for it.

On a larger scale, plans are being laid for US. So what to do? Another world apology tour perhaps?

Rea1ityCheck on July 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Destroy Mecca and Medina. It will prove that their moon-god is a sham and will completely demoralize them.

HiJack on July 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The UN lost their moral authority to demand anything when they let the Palestinians pound Israel with missiles for a week and said not a word.

Socratease on July 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

This is actually very good news.

It most probably means Hamas is on the ropes, and has begged the UN (plus the U.S., specifically progressives who hate Israel as much as they do) to save their a$$es as they have in the past.

If Hamas was winning, do you seriously think the UN, The One, Lurch, or American progressives would lift a finger to help Israel?

There would be a better chance of them coming out in favor of the Second Amendment, life beginning at conception, and a border fence along the Rio Grande.

At the very least, Israel should say “no” to a ceasefire as long as even one Hamas group still has the ability to bombard any part of Israel. Never mind them “agreeing” to stop shooting; spike their guns.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I don’t pretend to understand this issue and I certainly don’t have a ‘side’, but Israel should go in for the kill.
Obozo has made it clear he’s not going to help Israel and in fact is working against them, so his position and pressure is irrelevant to them.

Do it, get it over with.

Tard on July 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

For some reason, a cease fire always means that Israel ceases while the terrorists fire.

ElectricPhase on July 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

The Kurdish leader is right except one exception: the “palestinian” Arabs do not deserve a state. But Israel would give it to them if only they committed in action, not just promises (which they don’t even make) to non-violence and state-building.

But they don’t want a state. What they want is for Israel to not have a state. That was the problem from the 40s when the partition was voted on by the Arabs. Then every few years the same BS. They could’ve had a state at any point if they had acted like the Kurds.

No weapons or embargoes can change their thinking except if they decide to commit to real state building. ONLY THEN will they have a state in parts of the “west bank” and in Gaza.

AlexB on July 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

The UN security council means about as much as anything Obama says—-which means nothing.

tmgrant on July 13, 2014 at 5:40 AM

There are no palestinians unless you are referring to Jews. That arabs already have 22 states plus gaza…

The idea of the Jew putting a terrorist state in the middle of their indigenous lands of Judea and Samaria is literally insane.

99% of the arabs in Israel have no family history there longer than 6 generations….the Jews have been there over 3800 years…Israel is the indigenous land of the Jews. The arabs got Jordan as the palestinian mandate was split by the Treaty of San Remo

http://www.mythsandfacts.org

georgealbert on July 13, 2014 at 7:12 AM

I’m looking forward to the day when Israel turns Gaza into glass, bulldozes the rubble into the Sea and constructs a nice Mediterranean resort area in its place.

Decoski on July 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

There are two ways to GET a ceasefire in Gaza:

1. Pick a side and kill them all, right down to the women and children.

2. Destroy the weapons of one side until they’re fighting with rocks and sticks.

Short of that, shut up, it won’t work.

LawfulGood on July 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

UN Watches the Canary:

The problem is what will WE do. What Israel faces today the US, west and others will face in the future.

You have a perspective problem.

Lets keep the wealthy and powerful Israel vs the poor and weak Hamas comparison.

Now replace Israel with “The Political/Crony Class” and Hamas with “We The People”.

Turns things around, doesn’t it?

This is, and always been a power struggle. Just like the Irish didn’t care for the UK’s occupation, Hamas doesn’t care for Isarel’s, and We The People don’t like the Political/Crony class’s hostile occupation of our country.

We look at the IRA and Hamas and call them all kinds of evil things as they wage a war against who they consider to be their oppressors. We The People consider the Political/Crony class our oppressors.

Now add in the new wave of Aztlan invaders who believe that everyone in the southwest US is wrongly occupying “their land”.

It is about land, control and power. Remove the details of culture comparison and this is what it really is all about.

There are many in the US who see the ballot box as an instrument of political change completely failed, this leaves them with defeat or the promise of the ammo box.

If there is CWII in the US, it will be waged against the Occupiers, and will the rag-tag bunch of rebels be put in the same class as the Aztlan illegals, IRA fighters and Hamas terrorists?

Our media/government is already pigeon-holing American Patriots as such. This is what happens when someone controls the narrative.

Reuben Hick on July 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I’m looking forward to the day when Israel turns Gaza into glass, bulldozes the rubble into the Sea and constructs a nice Mediterranean resort area in its place.

Decoski on July 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

That makes you a monster. Wipe out an entire population of women, children and innocents over a certain percentage of vengeful people bent on death?

At least Abraham finagled God down to save the depraved cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of a few righteous. You would probably negotiate in the reverse and ask God to wipe out a few more population centers – and you don’t even have a dog in this hunt.

The roof-knocking a minute before targeted destruction is consistent with the Jewish ethos/culture and sensibilities. I admire them for their restraint and recognizing that not everyone is “the bad guy”.

The world is better off with you no where near weapons of mass destruction.

Reuben Hick on July 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

This just gives us one more reason to mock the UN Security Council.

First, nobody really cares what the UN Security Council says any more except the LSM. The Security Council makes some noise, but when it comes to enforcing anything, is impotent.

Second, we only hear from them when Israel begins defending itself. Rockets fired into Israel are apparently ‘ok’. So Israel has little to gain by paying attention to Security Council resolutions. They do immeasurably better looking after their own security themselves.

Third, Hamas who it seems would gain the most from a cease fire at this point, decides to up the ante and launch a new volley of rockets in response to the resolution. So Hamas doesn’t take the Security Council seriously, and proceeds with ‘business as usual’ or maybe is going out of their way to whack the Security Council’s head with a dirty shoe.

If the UN Security Council is the height of international diplomacy, then nobody should give international diplomacy one whit of credence.

s1im on July 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

We need to stop the profitability of the cycle of violence.

They fire hundreds or thousands of rockets into Israel, kidnap and killed Israeli citizens and when Israel finally has had enough and fights back, the US and Europe then sends hundreds of $millions to rebuild the damaged infrastructure. Of course vast amounts of that aid are pocketed by those directing the firing the rockets in the first place.

The US and Europe need to stop funding the whole thing and tell them that if they fire rockets into Israel, they are, at some point going to bust you up and don”t come here looking to be paid for what you instigated.

RJL on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

You have a perspective problem.

My perspective is reality. You say to substitute good vs evil to equate rich vs poor, extrapolate to the power vs the people, compare IRA with hamas, azatlan and a host of other fantasies. Might as well substitute mother Theresa with Osama bin Laden. He would make a terrible nun in a great movie, if it were true.

For Israelis it is a matter of survival, their existence is not accepted by the Arabs, there is nowhere for them to go but be driven into the sea, hence they will do WHATEVER is necessary to stay alive as would you.

For the jihadis it is more complicated. Currently the fight is to establish supremacy and create the pure islamic caliphate. For many that means kill more infidels than anyone else. Plundering earns even more respect as well as enabling $$. For hamas and fatah, israel is the wellhead of infidels, treasure and political gain.

They got gaza, the largest exporter of many ag products to EU, a seaport resort once rivalling Acapulco, and an opportunity to demonstrate self governance. Instead they elected terrorists. They stole the greenhouses and irrigation for scrap and personal fencing. The beach is the HQ for those that murder strollers for holding hands. The seafood market has more layers of flies than fish. I could go on about this unsafe sh!thole now. Those that forcefully abandoned it to those that used to be gainfully employed by them now live disgracefully poorly in Israel.

America has it’s own set of problems, the middle east has a different set of problems. Some comparisons can be drawn but in reality the details, actors, problems and solutions are different. One common problem the entire world shares is the drive by Islamic fundamentalists to bring on Armageddon combined with the 21st century access to nuclear material.

American Patriots should remember that ALL in Gaza, and in the West Bank, danced and sang in the streets for days, baked sweets to hand out, women, children, leaders, all thanking Allah as they watched Americans jumping from the towers on 911. F’em they deserve whatever happens, but as a side note $500,000,000 of US tax dollars was just bestowed on them by the POTUS.

Rea1ityCheck on July 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM

isn’t “non-binding resolution” the only kind that the League of Nations – i mean the United Nations – CAN issue?

WaldoTJ on July 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM