Israel accepts cease-fire, Hamas shoots 35 rockets; Update: IDF announces resumption of military operations

posted at 8:01 am on July 15, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Egypt floated a proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza as a first step to negotiating a longer-term truce and some normalization between Gaza and Israel. Israel accepted the terms and unilaterally adopted the cease-fire. Hamas … not so much:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to escalate Israel’s operations in Gaza after Hamas balked at an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire, saying it had not been consulted on its terms.

The threat came after Israel’s security cabinet voted to accept an initiative from Egypt’s military-backed government that had been announced Monday evening.

A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, called the proposal “unacceptable” and said Egypt is not a fair mediator because the government there is deeply hostile toward the militant Palestinian Islamist group.

That’s probably true, but Hamas doesn’t have much choice. After the military coup removed the Muslim Brotherhood government and barred Hamas’ parent organization, Egypt’s not in the mood to take their side. The Palestinian cause is likely not a top concern now for Egyptians, but then again neither is Israel. Gaza sits between two powerful militaries, and eventually the Gazans will have to pick one of them with which to align. Hamas’ rejection is yet another example of the maximalist, dead-end policies that have led the Palestinians into ruin for the past seven decades.

They’d better not expect the US to offer a restraining hand this time around, either:

Israel ceased offensive operations for a few hours, but after dozens of rockets flew out of Gaza into Israel — one landing on a house in Ashdod, a frequent target — the unilateral cease-fire will be over soon:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, even with the development, Israel wasn’t letting its guard down.

“If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease — and that appears to be the case — we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation and protect our people,” Netanyahu said three hours after the cease-fire began.

“Our goal was and remains putting an end to rocket fire from Gaza on our cities, and providing the citizens of Israel with the sustained peace and quiet to which they are entitled.”

Five hours into the cease-fire, Israel had not carried out a single airstrike in Gaza, Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. During that same period, 40 rockets had been fired into Israel from Gaza, he said.

Palestinian security forces had reported an Israeli airstrike over some farmland, but Regev denied that any such airstrikes happened.

The bottom line, he said, is that the rocket attacks have to stop. The current situation — with Israel showing restraint while rockets continue to be fired from Gaza — “is just unsustainable,” he said.

The bottom line is that Hamas is now in a worse position than ever. Jeff Dunetz is correct in stating that the Egyptian proposal was a retreat and victory for Israel, but refusing it makes their situation even worse. Their partners are too busy fighting ISIS to bother with Hamas’ war of choice, and their refusal to try a cease-fire in a war they started means that the Israelis will have plenty of political room for a ground invasion in Gaza, if they really want to conduct one. It’s sheer idiocy not to have at least given the Egyptian proposal a try, even if Hamas torpedoed it later. No one really expects them to keep their word anyway, so what did they have to lose?

For a peek at what it looks like to really drink the Kool-Aid, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed a Hamas spokesman who may have the most fact-checkable responses ever. He gripes about not getting a state in 1998 while discussing the “occupation,” by which he means all of Israel, since Israel gave up Gaza nearly a decade ago. Hamas isn’t interesting in the Egyptian cease-fire, he says, because “it’s a joke … a silly idea” that they only heard about through the media. On which, it should be noted, he was talking at the time and making his demands.

Update: As predicted, the IDF went back on offense after Rocket #47:

Either Israel needs to crush Hamas, or the Gazans do. The latter would be better for everyone in the long run.


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This is the game the muzzies always play in war. They agree to a cease fire to get Israel to stop attacking long enough for them to regroup and reorganize.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Time to make the Gaza Strip the largest harbor in the world.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 8:08 AM

This is the game the muzzies always play in war. They agree to a cease fire to get Israel to stop attacking long enough for them to regroup and reorganize.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM

That’s a basic commandment in their war manua…er…Koran.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM

lul – that was fast.

abobo on July 15, 2014 at 8:15 AM

It’s hudna. There is no such thing as cease-fire or truce with these people. Their murderous, baby-raping prophet came up with this tactic when he made his first peace treaty with the Quraysh custodians of the Ka’ba and broke it when his followers had enough power and finally outnumbered them.

iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I’m glad to see the Palestinian/Hamas spokesperson has a good sense of humor.

Walter L. Newton on July 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM

These Hamas peeps sound as bad as the Warmunists that rave on about Climate Change.

Thank goodness they don’t have rockets like Hamas.

PappyD61 on July 15, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Send in the T-600′s….maybe in 5 years. I was looking at the walking robotic pack mule on Foxnews. They are testing it in Hawaii right now.

That’s a basic commandment in their war manua…er…Koran.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Yes, yes it is.

Oil Can on July 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Get’em Bibi

Enough of this crapola …..cant negotiate with these idiots

cmsinaz on July 15, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Wow – “landing on a house” – imagine if someone had been killed – oh, wait .. never mind.

corona79 on July 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

I guess Hamas hasn’t run out of ammunition yet.

And what makes you think the global warmists don’t have weapons. All the other regime cronies do.

crankyoldlady on July 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

It’s hudna. There is no such thing as cease-fire or truce with these people. Their murderous, baby-raping prophet came up with this tactic when he made his first peace treaty with the Quraysh custodians of the Ka’ba and broke it when his followers had enough power and finally outnumbered them.

iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Unfortunately few will acknowledge this fact.

There can never be peace with islam because islam was designed by it’s author to create a political and religious system that was INCAPABLE of peaceful coexistence.

That’s why I laugh at the COEXIST sticker left. The C won’t “OEXIST” with the other symbols.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I guess Hamas hasn’t run out of ammunition yet.

And what makes you think the global warmists don’t have weapons. All the other regime cronies do.

crankyoldlady on July 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

The whole purpose of the ceasefire was to move more rockets to the launcher sites.

They do this multiple times every time Israel engages them. And Israel falls for it every time.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I’m sure the left is seething that Israel defends itself.

It’s actually hard to tell the difference between an Islamist and leftist.

darwin on July 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

This is the game the muzzies always play in war. They agree to a cease fire to get Israel to stop attacking defending itself long enough for them to regroup and reorganize.

ConstantineXI on July 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Minor correction.

Trafalgar on July 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The majority of problems in the middle east are caused by the iranian terrorist regime… This regime must be destroyed… As long as it exists there will problems and a lot of them…

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

I’m really getting tired of the LSM taking sides and pretending that there are only innocent civilians- mostly women and children- sitting in Gaza. And, of course, those Jews are inhumane monsters, no?

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Wow traitor john harsh on hamas….Israel…no more of this nonsense….wipe out hamas….

crosshugger on July 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Wow – “landing on a house” – imagine if someone had been killed – oh, wait .. never mind.

corona79 on July 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Terrorist apologists are rather dense, aren’t they? Telling though that your defense is, “Yes, but no one was killed!”. Let’s fire multiple rockets at your house and see what you expect the government to do in response to such a threat, shall we?

Better yet, why don’t you go volunteer to be a fighter for Hamas. I’m sure they can use a few “brave” souls like yourself.

NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Bibi, Hamas delenda est.

the_nile on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

It’s hudna.
iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 8:18 AM

cf. “Tet offensive”.

whatcat on July 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Terrorist apologists are rather dense, aren’t they? Telling though that your defense is, “Yes, but no one was killed!”.
NotCoach on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Besides that, who brags on having crappy aim?

whatcat on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 AM

The majority of problems in the middle east are caused by the iranian terrorist regime… This regime must be destroyed… As long as it exists there will problems and a lot of them…

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

These problems will exist as long as Islam exists. There may be some moderate Muslims around but there is no moderate Islam.

iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 AM

I’m sure the left is seething that Israel defends itself.

It’s actually hard to tell the difference between an Islamist and leftist.

darwin on July 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Obama is both

redguy on July 15, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Not since WWII have the two sides in a war been so easily discernible as to who is good and who is evil (minus the Soviets). Yet we have a press which refuses to see the obvious. (Although, in Korea and Vietnam this was rather easy to see for those who chose to see it.)

Imagine, “we have to look at the rape of Nanking and the complete subjugation of Poland and the genocidal treatment of the Jews from the Axis’ perspective. We must ask ourselves what we did to force the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor and examine the negative rhetoric of men like Churchill which finally drove the German leadership to break her treaties. ”

Madness

mankai on July 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/google-glass-israel-missile-alerts-app-tracks-gaza-attacks-1456617

A new app for Google Glass has been developed that is capable of warning users of impending enemy rocket attacks.

The Israel Missile Alerts app was developed by RustyBrick, a software developer that sought to provide real-time updates on attacks against Israel through Google Glass.

“As missiles are launched in from Gaza, south of Israel, Israelis have anywhere between a few seconds to 60 seconds to find shelter,” Barry Schwartz, CEO of RustyBrick, said in a blogpost announcing the app.

“Be it their bomb shelters, safe rooms or covering up on the highway as they drive home from work – this app will allow them to get notifications of those missile attacks so they can seek shelter.”

The alerts provide similar information to the Red Alert: Israel app for smartphones and tablets, which recently incorporated the popular instant-messaging app Yo into its warning service.

Both the time and location of the attack will be shown on the transparent Google Glass display, regardless of whether or not the user is in Israel.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons, that’s what Free Markets do.

PappyD61 on July 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

mnjg on July 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

These problems will exist as long as Islam exists. There may be some moderate Muslims around but there is no moderate Islam.

iceman1960 on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Getting leftist to understand this is like getting them to understand that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a Ponzi scheme. It’s like Reagan said, it isn’t that the left doesn’t know anything, it’s that so much of what they do know just isn’t so.

oscarwilde on July 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Making Lemonade out of Lemons, that’s what Free Markets do.

PappyD61 on July 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Wars are usually the catalyst for many technology breakthroughs.

Mitoch55 on July 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’m sure the left is seething that Israel defends itself.

It’s actually hard to tell the difference between an Islamist and leftist.

darwin on July 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

They are cut from the same cloth. They use the system when weak to their advantage,lie about what they wish to do, when finally strong enough they tell their opponents to submit or die all in the name of their religion.

wifarmboy on July 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I’ve seen this movie before.

myiq2xu on July 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This Hamas spokesman makes Baghdad Bob almost sound credible.

Conservative Mischief on July 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Israel needs to bury Hamas.

Bmore on July 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The world awaits Eddie Vedder’s reaction…

crazywater on July 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Time to make the Gaza Strip the largest harbor in the world.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Or a McD’s parking lot.

dogsoldier on July 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I’m sure the left is seething that Israel defends itself.

It’s actually hard to tell the difference between an Islamist and leftist.

darwin on July 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

It’s even harder to tell the difference between either of the above-mentioned and RedJac.

No matter what lies they tell to lull you into a false sense of their “reasonableness”, their behavior is ultimately controlled by their dreams of power. And their definition of the proper use of power is exterminating everyone who isn’t exactly like them. Probably followed by exterminating each other so that ultimately “There Can Be Only One”.

Progressives see the Islamists as the good guys because they share their loathing of humanity. As such, they are OK with Islamist lying because they lie too, as often and as blatantly as possible.

But under it all, in both cases, is a twisted, psychopathic excuse for a soul. Which is grinning maniacally while screaming

DIEKILLYOUALLMAKEYOUSUFFERDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!!!

clear ether

eon

eon on July 15, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Or a McD’s parking lot.

dogsoldier on July 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It’s a little to close to existing civilization to be a self-lighted lot, but the world’s largest McD’s parking lot works too.

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM

“too”, even. Could someone get me a new keyboard please?

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Curious how both Hamas and our administration only learn about something when they catch it on tv.

Bishop on July 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Bibi, Hamas delenda est.

the_nile on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Exactly.

The world awaits Eddie Vedder’s reaction…

crazywater on July 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

LOL. Well done. Eddie Vedder has been listening to Roger Waters too much.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on July 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

This kind of behavior is par for the course. Bill Whittle noted nearly three years ago, that the more Israel reaches out, the more Palestine throws it in their face.

Not unlike this administration.

The Schaef on July 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Much of the world is condemning Israel…who just offered the Palestenians a Cease Fire. The Palestenians responded by firing 35 more rockets into Israel…and th condemnation of Israel continues. Obama, last week, took an ad out a newspaper IN ISRAEL praising the Palestinian President while ignoring Israel’s! Just like in the past, when Palestinias run out of the rockets that have been ‘smuggled’ into Gaza they will call for a ‘cease fire’…because they will have run out of ammo and need time to stock back up.

easyt65 on July 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Imagine, “we have to look at the rape of Nanking and the complete subjugation of Poland and the genocidal treatment of the Jews from the Axis’ perspective. We must ask ourselves what we did to force the Japanese into bombing Pearl Harbor and examine the negative rhetoric of men like Churchill which finally drove the German leadership to break her treaties. ”

Madness

mankai on July 15, 2014 at 8:45 AM

We did force the Japanese to go to war with us, thanks to FDR. But that’s another discussion.

Deckard BR on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

FYI, Hamas did not agree to the cease fire. It was unilaterally observed by Israel for the several hours it lasted.

Shy Guy on July 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM

For those interested:

JPOST LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

Shy Guy on July 15, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I LOLd when the spokesman answered Blitzer with ‘Well John,…’ He must’ve thought he was talking to a real news source like The Daily Show. He did say it’s good to have some jokes.

CitizenEgg on July 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

FYI, Hamas did not agree to the cease fire. It was unilaterally observed by Israel for the several hours it lasted.

Shy Guy on July 15, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Well noted (at least around these parts; I doubt the non-Fox portion of the Alphabet Soup will recognize that).

Steve Eggleston on July 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The Hamas guy was right – the ceasefire was a silly idea.

Now, Israel – do your job and DESTROY them, utterly. Leave no two stones stacked upon each other. Remove any hint that the Palestinians were ever there.

Do it. Now.

Midas on July 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, called the proposal “unacceptable” and said Egypt is not a fair mediator because the government there is deeply hostile toward the militant Palestinian Islamist group.

So what? The Egyptian government is also hostile to Israel. There’s plenty of hostility to go around.

J.S.K. on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Perfect ceasefire for Israel to accept. Hamas had already rejected it when accepted so it cost Israel nothing. The IDF was probably in need of a brief rest anyway.

A masterstroke for Bibi, no matter what some say.

With the whole Mideast in turmoil, nobody really cares anymore what happens in the Gaza backwater. If they ever did.

Bob from Ohio on July 15, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Five hours into the cease-fire, Israel had not carried out a single airstrike in Gaza, Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. During that same period, 40 rockets had been fired into Israel from Gaza, he said

…well silly!…the cease fire probably did not include…”Land…for Peace!”

JugEarsButtHurt on July 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Only thing that might make Hamas think twice is if the UN threatened to cut off their foreign aid money.

OK, you can stop laughing now.

Socratease on July 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

There should’ve been no ceasefire to begin with.
Israel needs to turn those Jew-hating hell-holes into glass.
Am Yisrael Chai!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

We did force the Japanese to go to war with us, thanks to FDR. But that’s another discussion.

Deckard BR on July 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM

That invasion of China by the US was pretty brutal. Oh wait.

WitchDoctor on July 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The morons keep pushing Israel and the IDF will move their navy onto the coastline and destroy them from both sides at once. Mark my words.

PJ Emeritus on July 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Bibi, Hamas delenda est.

the_nile on July 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Think Boehner or McConnell would get up off their butts to say this in Congress every day? Nah — neither do I.

catsandbooks on July 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Israel should modify the “Iron Dome” to automatically send a missile right down into the barrel of any gun which fires on Israel, and/or any launching pad which shoots a missile into Israel.

They have the technology, and should simply announce that it exists and will be deployed tomorrow. The residents of Gaza will then have adequate warning and a clear choice.

landlines on July 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Israel should modify the “Iron Dome” to automatically send a missile right down into the barrel of any gun which fires on Israel, and/or any launching pad which shoots a missile into Israel.

They have the technology, and should simply announce that it exists and will be deployed tomorrow. The residents of Gaza will then have adequate warning and a clear choice.

landlines on July 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

There are US artillery systems that can do that, find the source of incoming fire and fire back very quickly and I believe the Israelis have those systems, but they won’t work against the “palestinians”. They fire their cheap missiles electrically from a couple hundred feet away, and their “launching pad” is a crudely-built stand made from angle-iron that wouldn’t pass inspection by a fire inspector at your local Fourth of July fireworks event.

Worse, they put those crude launchers on the roof of hospitals and schools etc.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Worse, they put those crude launchers on the roof of hospitals and schools etc.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The missiles being launched are not tiny hard-to-detect items which someone can sneak into a hospital under his coat. Somebody has to help them and/or know that the launchers are there: these people are, in effect, collaborators and are not blameless.

As a former Israeli political figure pointed out, the violence will not stop until the Palestinians decide that they love their own children more than they hate Israel. So the task is to hasten that day: postponing it only stretches out the conflict and increases the carnage on all sides.

landlines on July 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

From a children’s song:

My turn your turn…

Sometimes when I’ve got something fun
You may want to see it
And maybe when my turn is done
It could be nice to share it

Taking turns is good to do
Back and forth from me to you
And if I give you a turn
You’ll give me one too

Wow that puzzle rocket looks really fun.
May I please have a turn when you’re done?
Sure!
My turn your turn, My turn your turn

It feels like this has been going on forever in the Middle East, just not politely.
The Israelis always show restraint, the Hamas always push more buttons.

Below: Lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes with the last line added by Pete Seeger (1959):

Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds

31giddyup on July 15, 2014 at 2:06 PM