Hamas takes aim at Tel Aviv airport again as UN demands cease-fire; Update: Kerry proposes 7-day truce

posted at 8:41 am on July 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Alan Dershowitz told Hugh Hewitt earlier this week that the first rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv more or less killed any hope of a cease-fire in Gaza. Israel could not allow Hamas to have the capability of shutting down its main international transportation center, and would have to fight to erode that capability from Hamas forces. While demands for a cease-fire continue, though, so does the rocket fire on Ben Gurion, perhaps in answer to it:

Hamas said it fired three rockets at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on Friday, anapparent bid to cripple operations there. There was no word of damage at the site, but its passenger hall emptied at the sound of sirens. It was the second such salvo in as many days.

A Hamas rocket intercepted near the airport on Tuesday prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to halt American commercial flights to Israel’s main international gateway. Some European carriers followed suit. The FAA’s ban was lifted late Wednesday.

That may change again soon, after an Air Canada flight had to circle around Ben Gurion in order to avoid rocket fire, according to the CBC:

An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv had to circle before landing Friday to avoid rocket fire in the area, media reports said today.

Al Jazeera reported on its website that, according to flight trackers, Air Canada’s flight 84 “appeared to have circled over southern Israel several times on Friday, unable to land in the airport.”

The flight from Toronto to Tel Aviv left at 6:17 p.m. ET Thursday and landed at Ben Gurion airport at 12:07 p.m. local time, according to Flight Track. The scheduled landing was 12:05 p.m..

The airline’s experience may not have been unusual, however.

“Flights have been told to circle over the Mediterranean to wait for several weeks now,” CBC correspondent Sasa Petricic said from Jerusalem. “It happened to me and several others I know. The patterns have also been moved so that planes fly in from the north.”

Air Canada had previously canceled flights at the same time as US carriers did, prior to the temporary ban from the FAA. If the rocket fire continues to interfere with flight patterns, the Israelis may have to work overtime to convince international carriers to keep flying into Tel Aviv. In the meantime, the economic threat from the attacks on Ben Gurion will only incentivize Israel to expand its operations in Gaza rather than accept a cease-fire that leaves Hamas with the capability of shutting down the airport. It also underscores Israel’s need to control security in the West Bank, which is closer to Tel Aviv than Gaza.

That isn’t the only security issue that Israel has to resolve. According to the IDF, captured Hamas terrorists have told them of a plan to use the tunnels to conduct large-scale attacks on nearby villages, abducting civilians and killing others. The attacks were to take place at Rosh Hashanah, according to a translation from Jeff Dunetz of a Maariv report:

The terrorists planned to kill and/or kidnap dozens of Israelis, depending on circumstances, and transfer them to the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed some things yesterday when he said that Hamas had intended to use dozens of tunnels dug between Gaza and Israel at the same time. At the Government meeting said Netanyahu “those tunnels that are designed to allow the enemy to hit simultaneously and attack Israel civilians” [en masse]. 

Michael Mukasey explained that a week ago in the Wall Street Journal in arguing that the tunnels, not rockets, were Hamas’  main weapons — and had to be Israel’s strategic objective in the war. Hamas, he wrote, wants to stage a Mumbai-style terrorist attack, but needs the tunnels to gain ingress and egress to Israel, thanks to the embargo/blockade. So on top of the attack on Israel’s commercial life at Ben Gurion, they also have an existential issue with the tunnels.

Don’t expect them to stop that operation until they decisively cripple the means for that Mumbai-style attack. That’s not stopping everyone else from demanding the cease-fire, though:

The World Health Organization called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines. In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that four hospitals, including al-Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched airstrikes, followed by a ground invasion.

“WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines,” the statement said. “The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care.”

So far, Israel has remained open to a humanitarian cease-fire of short duration to get aid to Gaza civilians, but only if they keep working on the tunnels. They’ve been let off the hook by Hamas, which has refused all demands for a cease-fire. One would think that Hamas would want to stop Israel from demolishing their tunnels with a politically-adept move that could tie their hands, but Hamas has never been politically adept, and is increasingly irrational now. They want to draw Israel further into Gaza to fight an urban war, where they believe that Israel’s military advantages will dissipate, but so far the evidence shows that Israel is pretty good at urban warfare, too.

This one looks like a fight to the finish. Both sides want a surrender, and neither side can afford a truce in place. Until Hamas gets to a point where they’re about to lose everything, they won’t stop firing rockets, and Israel can’t afford to let them keep flying — or let Hamas keep tunneling.

Update: John Kerry has proposed a seven-day truce that shows just how badly this war is going for Hamas, emphasis mine:

Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday.

As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending.

Important details of the plan remained under negotiation early Friday, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the negotiations were at a delicate stage. Among the unresolved issues is an Israeli proposal that its troops be allowed to remain in Gaza during the temporary truce.

This is the same deal that Egypt proposed originally, and which Israel accepted. Now, though, the Israelis want the current status quo and not status quo ante, in order to keep demolishing Hamas’ tunnels. There isn’t a chance in hell that Hamas will accept that, and not a chance in hell that Israel will withdraw the IDF without destroying the tunnels going into Israel first.


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A Mumbai style attack wouldn’t work in Israel.

For one thing, the inbred muzzies life expectancy will be measured in seconds when they emerge to burn buildings, etc like they did in India.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I’m less worried about Hamas’ rockets than ISIS being in control of SA-17 & SA -20 systems.

rbj on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Alan Dershowitz told Hugh Hewitt earlier this week that the first rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv more or less killed any hope of a cease-fire in Gaza. Israel could not allow Hamas to have the capability of shutting down its main international transportation center, and would have to fight to erode that capability from Hamas forces. While demands for a cease-fire continue, though, so does the rocket fire on Ben Gurion, perhaps in answer to it:

Well, the Fundraiser in Chief was going to make a contribution to this situation rather than be ignored, someway, somehow, and this one is his. The fact that Hamas is focusing on the airport is the fault of Obama, this one is on him.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Maybe the only solution is to level Gaza and pave it over.

jmtham156 on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Maybe the only solution is to level Gaza and pave it over.

jmtham156 on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Turn it into another international airport, a backup to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. A paved Gaza would be one nice big runway…

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Maybe the only solution is to level Gaza and pave it over.

jmtham156 on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Works for me

gophergirl on July 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I’m less worried about Hamas’ rockets than ISIS being in control of SA-17 & SA -20 systems.

rbj on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Is there any possibility of ISIS and Hamas sharing?

I honestly don’t know.

jake-the-goose on July 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I’m less worried about Hamas’ rockets than ISIS being in control of SA-17 & SA -20 systems.

rbj on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Hamas’s Katusha rockets are dumbfires. The only guidance is the angle of the launcher.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hamas won’t listen

Get’em bibi

cmsinaz on July 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hamas’s Katusha rockets are dumbfires. The only guidance is the angle of the launcher.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

rbj was talking about SA-17 & SA-20 systems I believe

jake-the-goose on July 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

A paved Gaza would be one nice big runway…

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Or is\f done properly, the mother of all skateboard parks.

katy the mean old lady on July 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hamas’s Katusha rockets are dumbfires. The only guidance is the angle of the launcher.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM

‘apologies’

rbj was talking about SA-17 & SA-20 systems I believe

jake-the-goose on July 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

jake-the-goose on July 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

John Kerry has spoken….these people need to listen up.

ToddPA on July 25, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Ceasefire?? Not happening the UN doesn’t seen to notice there are wars everywhere…

sorrowen on July 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

In a sane world Kerry would propose opening a seven-day can o’ whuppass.

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

John Heinz-Kerry (D, some dead Republican guy’s money) is doing a fine job of making the US look like clown college dropouts.

Nobody over there cares what gibberish drops out of his idiot piehole, and nobody over here has the slightest care outside of a grim amusement what halfwit monkeyshines he is up to.

And geez- his face looks like 10 lbs of mashed potatoes stuffed into a 5 lb sh*tsack. Is the tactic now to scare people into truces using our horrific looking diplomatic staff? Keee ripes what a brute.

Reporting for doody, indeed.

GrassMudHorsey on July 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I believe that longer this goes on, the more likely we will see some type of Muslim coalition jelling together to fight a common enemy. If that happens, then look out. It would get ugly real fast, especially for Jordanians. The Islamist have given them a free ride for too long, I’m thinking.

Deano1952 on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The only way to exterminate cockroaches is to exterminate them all.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

This is the same deal that Egypt proposed originally, and which Israel accepted. Now, though, the Israelis want the current status quo and not status quo ante, in order to keep demolishing Hamas’ tunnels. There isn’t a chance in hell that Hamas will accept that, and not a chance in hell that Israel will withdraw the IDF without destroying the tunnels going into Israel first.

That Egypt deal was made before IDF forces started getting killed and the ground war began. No way is status quo ante going to be acceptable now.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Seven-day truce? What’s the point? So Hamas can regroup, relocate? So rockets can be fired into Israel within those seven days?

Utterly d!cklessness — par for the course from modern day Americaland “leaders”.

Jedditelol on July 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

There is no such thing as cease-fire with these Muslims. There is only Hudna (false peace allowing time to regroup and rearm). Tell Kerry, Obama and the U.N. to mind their own business and finish the job. Only then will there be a chance for peace.

iceman1960 on July 25, 2014 at 9:10 AM

It’s good that this plot was disrupted be for its execution. There will be one, however that does eventually succeeded against Israel. When it does, that will most likely be the end of Hamas or Hezbollah, depending on who launched it. It would be like another 9/11 here. No more Religion of Peace crap. Just peace through superior firepower.

Wisdom_of_Homer on July 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Good luck with that.

vcferlita on July 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

On Israel threads I keep getting Google ads for Gaza/terrorist “humanitarian aid”.

They don’t quite have the desired effect though, as I gave here instead:

http://pizzaidf.org

mudskipper on July 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

So Hamas is getting annilated yet I’m supposed to feel bad for them??

sorrowen on July 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

There is no such thing as cease-fire with these Muslims. There is only Hudna (false peace allowing time to regroup and rearm). Tell Kerry, Obama and the U.N. to mind their own business and finish the job. Only then will there be a chance for peace.

iceman1960

I believe it was Jeff MacNelly who did a cartoon where the American speaker (believe it was a soldier, but can’t remember) was looking at an Arabic/English dictionary & discovered that the word we thought meant “cease fire” really meant “reload.”

Negotiations presuppose two parties, each willing to accept that the other will continue to exist after whatever deal they might make is struck. The “Palestinians” – especially those of the Hamas variety – reject that supposition.

There is no negotiating with them. They must be defeated.

BD57 on July 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Why doesn’t Israel target the top echelon of Hamas?

albill on July 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

So Hamas is getting annilated yet I’m supposed to feel bad for them??

sorrowen on July 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Don’t be silly. If the Hamas leadership doesn’t care about the people in Gaza, why should you? That being said, you are supposed to be shaking your raised fist in outrage about Israeli actions.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

WHY ISRAEL MUST REJECT A CEASEFIRE

The Palestinians elected a terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel. Hamas has fired thousands of rockets into Israel, almost all of which have been shot down or have missed their targets. But the day will come – and soon – when the Palestinians will be able to improve the accuracy of their rockets and be able to rain great destruction and loss of life upon Israel. So self-preservation requires the elimination of an implacable and evil enemy.

This is a very dangerous time to have an American President who is, at best, useless.

Basilsbest on July 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

In a sane world Kerry would propose opening a seven-day can o’ whuppass.

Akzed on July 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

In a sane world, Kerry would be a broken down gigolo sniffing around retirement communities looking for his next old lady “conquest”….

ScottG on July 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

In a sane world, Kerry would be a broken down gigolo sniffing around retirement communities looking for his next old lady “conquest”….

ScottG on July 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

In a sane world Kerry would have never been elected for public office in the first place….

albill on July 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

This is a very dangerous time to have an American President who is, at best, useless.

Basilsbest on July 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

This is a very dangerous time to have an American President who actively sides with Israel’s enemies.

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

In a sane world Kerry would have never been elected for public office in the first place….

albill on July 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

In a sane world Kerry should not have been able to marry a rich heiress……

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM

There will be a cease-fire shortly after Hamas runs out of ammo.

myiq2xu on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Just a note: CNN is closing off all comments on the Israel.\/Hamas crisis, and they ave closed off all comments on the ACA

AmericaDS1234 on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

WHY ISRAEL MUST REJECT A CEASEFIRE

Basilsbest on July 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Ultimately Israel will accept a ceasefire. The devil is in the details. Hamas isn’t serious about anything right now except getting Qatar to pay for this little adventure. When they demand right of return and pre-1967 borders they know that these are impossible demands EXCEPT FOR THE FACT that it whips up their base.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

This is a very dangerous time to have an American President who is, at best, useless.

Basilsbest on July 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

This is a very dangerous time to have an American President who actively sides with Israel’s enemies.

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I was addressing those who still don’t get him.

Basilsbest on July 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Israel needs to tell Mash Potato Face Kerry to go pound sand.

Meople on July 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Expect the FAA to close down American flights into Ben Gurion in 3, 2….

Steve Eggleston on July 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

As for the ceasefire proposal from Ketchup Boy, how many rockets can Hamas smuggle into Gaza in a week?

Steve Eggleston on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

There will not be peace in the Middle East until the end of human history.

I’m tired of this charade.

Crux Australis on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I think the UN needs to investigate the human rights abuses taking place by Israel which is obviously utilizing mind-control rays to force PAL savages to fire rockets at civilian airports.

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Israel needs to continue the fight until Hamas is completely decimated and unable to wage any more war.

Meople on July 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I’m surprised that PETA, WWO and the SPCA aren’t screaming about the filthy Muslim animals in Gaza.

BL@KBIRD on July 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

As Rush says: john kerry, you know he served in Viet Nam. Yup and couldn’t wait to get back and knife his brothers in the back for political gain. jesse ventura is doing the same thing to Chris Kyles widow. You just don’t do that to people that you are supposed to have their backs. kerry is a traitor, jesse is a jerk. I can’t imagine that they will be receiving invitations to any reunions any time soon.

crosshugger on July 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Level Gaza and make a parking lot.

GarandFan on July 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

As for the ceasefire proposal from Ketchup Boy, how many rockets can Hamas smuggle into Gaza in a week?

Steve Eggleston on July 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Not many. Egypt closed their border with Gaza. The problem is that they’ve only used 20% of what they had. They don’t need to smuggle any more for quite a while.

Israel needs to destroy every tunnel. This will take care of the Hamas leadership unless they come out of the one they are hiding in.

The other problem is that funding to Hamas must be cut off permanently.

Obama and Kerry’s duplicity wrt funding Hamas needs to be publicized widely.

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Go Israel – war means totally defeating your enemy. The “used by Arabs” Palestinians do not understand they’re being used and they are after total destruction of Israel. There comes a time……

The tunnels have to go.

It matters not what the rest of the world says – Israel will survive. Frankly, one may consider after at least 5000 years of people trying to destroy Israel, and failed, maybe, just maybe, there’s something to the “Covenant” with God thing? Just wonderin’

MN J on July 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

This is an abomination!!

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Hamas insists on the blockade end and the Rafah crossing open. Why? Because that is how they smuggle weapons and terrorists in and out. Furthermore, Rafah is controlled by Egypt who doesn’t want pali terrorists entering Egypt or weapons being smuggled from Egypt to Gaza.

The whole world is against Israel, so they have nothing to lose by proceeding with the course that is best for them.

Blake on July 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Israel needs to destroy every tunnel. This will take care of the Hamas leadership unless they come out of the one they are hiding in.

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I hope that the method of destruction they use is one in which any barbarians hiding inside them has it come down on them, or they suffocate.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Israel needs to release the hounds and kill everything they see.

docflash on July 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Blake on July 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Ironically, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are supporting Israel in this … and Canada.

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I would dynamite every entrance found … or use bulldozers (in memory of saint pancake) … whichever is more efficient. Later, collapsing them should take care of all the ordinance stored in them permanently. They are pretty deep though.

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

this!
“Maybe the only solution is to level Gaza and pave it over.”

and the other solution is to accept that they are cockroaches and exterminate them.

There is no solution – they love death and Israel loves life, which is what normal people also feel.

However, what amazes me is that so many people seem to think the Muslims are admirable when one only has to read a modicum of history to learn they are destroyers and always have been.

Mariadee on July 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Hamas is so fortunate to have such intelligent and excellent advice, guidance and funding from Obama.

We should all be proud of what the low information voters and Obama education system has provided us.

Obamatrix on July 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

*sigh* Egypt has to be the “adult” in this.

Obama and Kerry, leading from behind again.

Hope you guys are happy, j@ck@zze$.

22044 on July 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I hope Israel tells the UN and Kerry to go hump each other.

dogsoldier on July 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

As soon as the truce took effect, Palestinian and Israeli officials would begin negotiations on the principal economic, political and security concerns about Gaza, with other nations attending.

The concerns:

Hamas: Wants to kill every Israeli/Jew on the planet

Israel: Not going to negotiate on that point

Your move, John.

BobMbx on July 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It’s time Israel tell the people in Gaza to leave or face Annihilation. And then, after a few days, wipe Gaza off the map. It’s the only thing that will stop the rocket attacks.

sadatoni on July 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Why doesn’t Israel target the top echelon of Hamas?

albill on July 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Because they live in luxury high-rises in Qatar. Still, it’s an idea.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Maybe the only solution is to level Gaza and pave it over.

jmtham156 on July 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

…and then turn it over to Trump to turn into beach resorts.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Don’t Daisy Cutters destroy tunnels? Boom. Problem solved.

idalily on July 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

One down a million to go

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I would dynamite every entrance found … or use bulldozers (in memory of saint pancake) … whichever is more efficient.

gh on July 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I think they should use the super-dooper version of the Rodenator.

GWB on July 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/gaza-ps/

Gaza, PS
Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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More: Israel security cabinet wants modifications to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Gaza ceasefire proposal before agreeing to any end in hostilities, government source says – @Reuters
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Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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Reports: Israel’s security cabinet rejects US Secretary of State Kerry’s Gaza ceasefire proposal, seeks modifications – @Reuters, @AFP, @haaretzcom
End of alert

canopfor on July 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Where’s our “enlightened” brethren/Sistren/transgendered whatevs on the left to lecture us about how we are all savages delighting in Israel murdering innocent civilians to satisfy their innate bloodlust that Jooos have had for eons and how sane people would be calling for Birkenau to reopen and shipping every Jew in the world there, since that is the humane and civilized (or at least leftist) Final solution to the Middle east crisis?

Come on lib free, you know you want to make this argument. Let your inner leftist out! You know, the one that howls for Jewish Blood.

Vanceone on July 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM