72-Hour ceasefire in Gaza lasted just 90 minutes

posted at 8:41 am on August 1, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Thursday afternoon, Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that both Israel and Hamas had agreed to a 72-hour “unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.” Three days of peace would allow aid workers to provide food and medical assistance to those in need. The quiet would also create desperately needed political space to make the temporary truce stick.

But the truce did not last for more than 90 minutes after it went into effect on Friday morning before Israel alleged that Hamas militants used a tunnel near Rafah to kill two IDF soldiers and capture a third. Both sides immediately began exchanging mortar and rockets, indicating that the tense ceasefire, which lasted just one and a half hours, was over.

While Israel suffered two casualties this morning, The New York Times reports that Gaza health officials believe 35 Palestinians were killed on Friday and over 100 injured in Israel’s retaliation. Israel was allowed in the terms of this ceasefire to continue to clear and deconstruct the Hamas tunnels in Gaza. One such operation likely resulted in the conflict with a Hamas cell which shattered the fragile peace.

The United Nations released a statement cautioning that they are not in a position to confirm either side’s claims. The statement was clear though that, if Israel’s allegations were confirmed, “this would constitute a serious violation of the ceasefire in place since 8 a.m. this morning by Gazan militant factions which should be condemned in the strongest terms.” White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest, issuing similar caveats about the need to independently confirm Israel’s allegation, called Hama’s violation of the terms of this ceasefire “barbaric.”

Don’t expect that condemnation from the press. While the rest of the world woke this morning to yet another ceasefire allegedly violated by Hamas militants, the media awoke to a weepy appeal in The Guardian for reporters to shed their objectivity while covering the conflict in Gaza and emote instead.

“I want the paper to write, in big bold capital letters: we hate this fucking stupid pointless war,” Giles Fraser wrote. “I know, I know: this sort of emotion is not going to solve anything. But in the midst of unimaginable suffering, the idea of calm objectivity feels like a desperate attempt to maintain some thin veneer of civilisation protecting us from the total futility of it all.”

Being calmly rational about dead children feels like a very particular form of madness. Whatever else journalistic objectivity is, it surely cannot be the elimination of human emotion. If we don’t recognise that, we are not describing the full picture.

Perhaps an ounce of that emotional outburst should be devoted to condemning those parties that keep this “pointless war” going. Hamas has lost legitimacy with nearly every Arab state. It is the thorn in the side of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. The terror group is a pariah in the world. Its last remaining legitimacy is derived from a Western media culture and the moral equivalencies it constructs in order to maintain the fiction that Israel is as culpable for the present hostilities as are the terrorists in Gaza.


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this would constitute a serious violation of the ceasefire in place since 8 a.m. this morning by Gazan militant factions which should be condemned in the strongest terms.

Hamas should expect a sternly-worded letter in the next 6-8 weeks.

The Schaef on August 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Don’t forget the USS New Jersey.

She’s anchored in the Delaware River on the Camden, NJ side.

battalion on August 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Oh yes, they are all museums now, the Missouri being in Pearl Harbor close to the USS Arizona Memorial.

If I remember correctly, the Missouri did visit the Lebanese coast when Reagan brought the old girls back from the mothballs for a few years.

Brian1972 on August 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Missouri served in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and was there for 100 days. Later, in 1991, she went back to the Gulf as part of Desert Storm.

Besides the big guns, by the time she went to the Persian Gulf she had also been fitted out with Raytheon cruise missiles. All in all, she fired 28 cruise missiles as well as firing her big guns 759 times.

Some friends and I did the deluxe tour of Missouri a few years back. The cruise missiles were clearly visible. BTW a huge h/t to the many volunteers who’ve been restoring the ship and acting as tour guides.

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It isn’t pointless. Hamas is a terrorist organization and along with the other ones has to be destroyed or nobody gets to live in peace.

crankyoldlady on August 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM

And what about the thousands Israel killed in their barbaric and aggressive take-over of Palestine so that the “Zionists” could setup their racist JEWISH STATE?

Don’t like wars?

Then don’t START them.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

The Truth About Israel and Palestine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKzlh9kN4HI&feature=youtu.be

fatlibertarianinokc on August 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Being calmly rational about dead children feels like a very particular form of madness.

Hamas works to keep civilians, especially children in their launching zones, and avoids letting them hide form bombardment. They store rocket sin schools, and launch from universities.

Apparently this works, as the Guardian reporters will reward Hamas with support for getting kids killed.

And as we all know, if you reward something,y uo get more of it. Clearly Israel need to work getting their children killed too; we need more dead kids and we will reward any side of a conflict that get their own children killed as part of the conflict.

Dead kids are bad, so we’ll do the exact thing required to get more of them. Reward the side working hard to get more kids killed.

This isn’t wrong, it’s actually counter-productive. I have to assume an extremely liberal writer for working so hard against his own proclaimed goals.

gekkobear on August 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

There are 125,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel…and they don’t think it is a ‘racist state.’

Resist We Much on August 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

By the way, for our LIV-trolls, Ethiopian = Black.

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I see fatdrunkandstupidinokc is ramping up not only the anti-semitism, but the stupid.

Like most morons, the projection is strong with it. It looks at the racism, bigotry, and 7th century mindset of the ‘Palestinians’ and project it towards a state that allows Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to openly celebrate all three religions, and provides more rights to it’s people, including the 1.5 million Arabs, than ANY of the other neighboring ARAB states.

Now, where racism and bigotry are openly practiced are in those neighboring states. Hizbollah makes southern Lebanon Judenrein and Christianrein. The PA makes Judea and Sumaria Judenrein. Hamas makes Gaza Judenrein and Christianrein. Syria effectively made itself Judenrein in 1948. Egypt, under the MB, was openly persecuting Coptic Christians – and it also practiced Judenrein in 1948.

There are 125,000 Ethiopian Jews living in Israel…and they don’t think it is a ‘racist state.’

Resist We Much on August 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Great point. In a huge humanitarian effort, Israel took in these people when Ethiopia was in the process of becoming Judenrein.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

And what about the thousands Israel killed in their barbaric and aggressive take-over of Palestine so that the “Zionists” could setup their racist JEWISH STATE?

Don’t like wars?

Then don’t START them.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

So are you going out with Jimbo56 later to have a few glasses of hemlock?

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/08/01/Exposed-the-self-inflicted-Hamas-massacre-blamed-by-the-media-on-Israel

Oh NOES!!!! Jim56 greatest hurt. Now, Bimbo, find something ELSE to demand we prove was not the Israelis

PJ Emeritus on August 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

And what about the thousands Israel killed in their barbaric and aggressive take-over of Palestine so that the “Zionists” could setup their racist JEWISH STATE?

Don’t like wars?

Then don’t START them.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

“Palestine” is the Roman word given to the country of Israel when they occupied that country. There was no takeover, and those aren’t “Palestinians”. The true “Palestinians” are Jewish. Those faux “palestinians” are Arab refugees.

If Hamas and the faux palestinians don’t want to get wiped off the map, don’t start wars.

dominigan on August 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

PJ Emeritus on August 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM

That’ll just bring on another move of the goalposts….

…or a nit pick / hair split argument that since it was an Israeli bomb that hit the warehouse, they are responsible for the subsequent explosions of the Hamas rockets stored in that warehouse…which devastated the marketplace.

Either way, it will be fundamentally dishonest.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Resist We Much on August 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Who knew Hamas has racist rockets?

Sad part is, Obama, Kerry, and much of the Western media will believe it.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 3:34 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Take your Stormfront bull**** somewhere else, and stop calling yourself a libertarian. You ****wads are the reason there’s never been a serious libertarian movement in this country, because you’ve poisoned the name.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM

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