New cease-fire in Gaza in the offing?

posted at 2:01 pm on August 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The timing seems curious, to say the least. Israel had already announced its intention to pull ground troops out of Gaza as the demolition of Hamas’ tunnels into Israel nears completion, and had also slowed down its other attacks considerably. After the failure of Friday’s cease-fire agreement, Israel rebuked the US and told Egypt it would no longer participate in any more truce talks. Suddenly, though, Hamas and Islamic Jihad has become interested in a new agreement:

Islamic Jihad and Hamas officials said Monday that a humanitarian cease-fire, temporarily ending nearly a month of hostilities between Gaza and Israel, could be implemented in the coming hours.

Egypt is pressing the Palestinian factions in Cairo to accept a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire, Egyptian sources told Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen on Monday.

Palestinian groups, including representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, held their first formal meeting in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian mediators hoping to pave the way towards a durable cease-fire agreement with Israel.

Israel has not sent a representative to the talks. According the Egyptian sources, Egypt accepted a document detailing the Palestinian delegation’s set of demands for a cease-fire.

Even the meeting in Cairo is news, of a sort. After the collapse of Friday’s cease-fire, the al-Sisi government refused to meet with the Palestinian delegation as long as it included Hamas. They have apparently softened their position by accepting the delegation and its list of demands, but Hamas won’t get their laundry list approved this time around, either. The one demand they made, the withdrawal of the IDF, will be accomplished independent of the negotiations anyway. Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t want troops on the ground any longer than necessary, especially given the risk for abductions it runs.

This looks like an attempt to claim credit for the withdrawal as a means of saving face with Gazans. Will it work? It might if Gazans only get their information from Hamas, but Egypt broadcasts into the enclave as well, and their official channels will likely not promote any narrative that makes the Muslim Brotherhood subsidiary look good.

The success of this attempt depends on Hamas and Islamic Jihad ending the provocations that prompted the war in the first place. CBS News reports that Hamas’ rocket attacks are “tapering off,” but that’s not going to be good enough to stop the Israeli airstrikes. However, the pace of the war is slackening:

But with Hamas rocket fire tapering off over the last 24 hours and Israel’s ground operation in Gaza winding down, violence in a war that officials say has killed more than 1,880 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis appeared – for the moment – to be waning. …

Before the attacks, a seven-hour Israeli cease-fire in Gaza went into effect. And while Israel continued hitting at selected Palestinian targets, the level of the fighting was much lower than in previous days.

However, the Israeli military said the cease-fire would not apply to areas where troops were still operating and where they would respond to any attack.

The IDF is still conducting operations in Rafah, but Gaza City has seen commerce spring back to life today:

During the cease-fire, the IDF continued to operate in the areas around Rafah, but residents of other parts of Gaza flooded the streets to pick up supplies and check on their abandoned homes. Al Saha, the largest open-air market in Gaza, was bustling with vendors. One man hung clothes for sale from the burnt-out carcass of a bus struck a few days ago by Israeli fire power. Cars jammed Gaza’s main road, but the atmosphere appeared relaxed and children played in the street.

Will this last? If Hamas declares a cease fire and stops shooting rockets into Israel, there should be no reason to think it won’t. However, that depends on Hamas, and whether Gazans start demanding some answers from them about the disastrous war they provoked and for which won nothing. The border crossings are still closed, and Hamas still has little income flowing into their coffers. They can’t rebuild without opening the borders, and those won’t get opened at all unless they can convince Egypt and Israel to loosen restrictions.

Hamas has little choice, in other words, especially since the Israelis are not getting pressured as effectively by other nations to give concessions in exchange for a cease fire. That means that the future of their war will probably resemble this for the foreseeable future:

That’ll be the extent of the “tapering off,” too.

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Nothing new, all is old over there.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Meet the new dross. Same as the old dross.

Midas on August 4, 2014 at 2:02 PM

One man hung clothes for sale from the burnt-out carcass of a bus struck a few days ago by Israeli fire power.

Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

sentinelrules on August 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I wonder if the cease fire will last as long as doing a couple loads of laundry this time.

31giddyup on August 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Sounds like we need to send Hamas some more money. They’ll need new tunnels.

butch on August 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

My favorite memento from this war.

Plus

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Inside, and out. Pure insanity at the UN, but we knew that.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The last one lasted 90 minutes – I’ll bet this one doesn’t last 5 minutes.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

This looks like an attempt to claim credit for the withdrawal as a means of saving face with Gazans.

Hamas never lost by relying on the general STUPIDITY of the “people of Gaza”.

GarandFan on August 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Sounds like we need to send Hamas some more money. They’ll need new tunnels.

butch on August 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And more money from the UN to build new schools. Those rockets don’t store themselves you know!

JusDreamin on August 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“Suddenly, though, Hamas and Islamic Jihad has become interested in a new agreement…”

Looks like a new shipment of weapons farm equipment from Iran just showed up and they need a few hours to unload it…

Seven Percent Solution on August 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Sounds like we need to send Hamas some more money. They’ll need new tunnels.

butch on August 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And more money from the UN to build new schools. Those rockets don’t store themselves you know!

JusDreamin on August 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

UNRWA = United Nations Rocket Warehousing Agency.

h/t Israellycool.com

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

CBS News reports that Hamas’ rocket attacks are “tapering off,”

Here’s a clue for the geniuses at CBS. Hamas’ attacks are tapering off because their rockets stocks have been vastly depleted through use and destruction by the Israelis. They are also trying to conserve what is left.

Marcus Traianus on August 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hamas has little choice, in other words, especially since the Israelis are not getting pressured as effectively by other nations to give concessions in exchange for a cease fire.

Not getting pressured? It’s only Monday. Snuggles and the rest of the royal family is jetting off for the summer vacation at the Vineyard on Friday. It’s a sure bet that the filthy Yeti isn’t going to put up with anything that endangers her “me time.”

Snuggles is going to be leaning on Tel Aviv by Wednesday if it looks like the trip is in danger of getting rescheduled.

That January when Snuggles had to come back from Hawaii and pretended to care about a budget deal will not be repeated. He pouted the whole time and was on a plane back to his vacation even before the bill was auto-penned.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

In fact, Palestine has never existed as an autonomous state, nor has there ever been a distinct “Palestinian” culture or language. In 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization official Zuheir Mohsen, who admitted:

“The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the State of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”

Resist We Much on August 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Israel reduces Hamas combat capability; Hamas wants cease-fire.

Its like a merry-go-round. Now that the tunnels have been discovered and largely neutralized, Hamas needs time to come up with something new.

If I were Bibi, I’d line up those D9 combat dozers and push the whole lot into the Mediterranean. Anyone who tries to come ashore get shot.

BobMbx on August 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Here’s a clue for the geniuses at CBS. Hamas’ attacks are tapering off because their rockets stocks have been vastly depleted through use and destruction by the Israelis. They are also trying to conserve what is left.

Marcus Traianus on August 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

They need to get some o dem Hollywood style infinite capacity magazines for their rockets – then they’d never run out.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

By the way, Ed- “tapering off”?

The JPost article you linked says:”southern Israeli communities are being pounded by rockets”.

My guess is that is a more accurate description.

Marcus Traianus on August 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Snuggles? What is the etymology of that one?

gh on August 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Resist We Much on August 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Save it for April 1st.

gh on August 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

They should let Israeli citizens fire rockets back. Let’s see who rockets are better.

Oil Can on August 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Please no.
The IDF needs to finish off the Jew-hating bastards!(Hamas)

annoyinglittletwerp on August 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Snuggles? What is the etymology of that one?

gh on August 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The bear is on the loose. But when the bear is a lazy stupid rat-eared bastard, Snuggles seems more apt than anything else.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

OT - Brady died

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Israel should just go silent and wipe them out, Bebe should wear Obama like a hat and laugh in his face daily.

Tard on August 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

NRO had a hilarious slide show on “the bear is loose” … was quite recent but seems to have slipped back to page 3 of their gallery archive:

http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/383512

gh on August 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

IF … this actually happens, then repeating my comment from the other thread, this morning.

listens2glenn on August 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

NRO had a hilarious slide show
gh on August 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

That acronym always catches me off guard.
As a long time DoD worker, to me the NRO is National Reconnaissance Office – even though they’ve changed the name of that particular agency.

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…..

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Where’s all the liberals crying out “NOOOOO! The pile of dead JOOOOOS isn’t big enough yet?”

Lib Free? Coolrepublica? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Vanceone on August 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Where’s all the liberals crying out “NOOOOO! The pile of dead JOOOOOS isn’t big enough yet?”

Lib Free? Coolrepublica? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Vanceone on August 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Waiting for their OFA talking points.
Hey – King Putt is busy packing for his next vacay – priorities man….

dentarthurdent on August 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

curious

Maybe Bibi’s just poking a cornered Hamas with their own stick (lying) for the sheer fun of it.

Tsar of Earth on August 4, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Hey, maybe this one will last 91 minutes!

Good Solid B-Plus on August 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

This is a great time for Israel to summarily execute all of it’s POWs and smuggle them back into Gaza through the few remaining tunnels. People love some underdogs and irony, but mostly some irony.

Immolate on August 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

In fact, Palestine has never existed as an autonomous state, nor has there ever been a distinct “Palestinian” culture or language. In 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization official Zuheir Mohsen, who admitted :


“The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the State of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”

Resist We Much on August 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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Thank YOUUUUUU … Sophie.
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Here’s more of the quote from wikipedia (so far, I can’t find it anywhere else … still looking) :

“Between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of ONE people, the Arab nation. Look, I have family members with Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian citizenship. We are ONE people. Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.

A separate Palestinian entity needs to fight for the national interest in the then remaining occupied territories. The Jordanian government cannot speak for Palestinians in Israel, Lebanon or Syria. Jordan is a state with specific borders. It cannot lay claim on – for instance – Haifa or Jaffa, while I AM entitled to Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Beersheba. Jordan can only speak for Jordanians and the Palestinians in Jordan. The Palestinian state would be entitled to represent all Palestinians in the Arab world en elsewhere. Once we have accomplished all of our rights in all of Palestine, we shouldn’t postpone the unification of Jordan and Palestine for one second.”
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Does anyone else have another source for this quote ?
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Meanwhile, here’s the link (yeah, again ) to Beck’s cartoony presentation of The History Of The Middle East

listens2glenn on August 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Awwwooohhhlllllll . . . . . mod-qued again.

listens2glenn on August 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

A new cease fire, for Hamasholes to break.

Israel should keep hitting Hamas until they can no longer fire rockets or attack Israel in any way. Until they are incapable of waging war of any kind.

Short of that, and it’s just giving them time to re-arm.

Meople on August 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM