Israel withdraws from Gaza as cease-fire holds

posted at 9:21 am on August 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This cease-fire has lasted longer than the last, which only ran 90 minutes before Hamas attempted to abduct an IDF officer and reinstated the ground war. This time, though, Israel had more or less finished the ground war, while Hamas was more or less out of options after the demolition of their tunnels into southern Israel. Israel has now pulled out of Gaza, and Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank:

Israel said Tuesday it was withdrawing all ground forces from the Gaza Strip at the start of an Egyptian-brokered 72-hour cease-fire intended to bring to a halt the nearly month-long war after multiple broken truces.

The cease-fire, which took effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, was agreed to late Monday night by both Israel and the militant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas following talks in Cairo. It closely resembles previous proposals for an unconditional pause in a conflict that has left nearly 2,000 people dead — the overwhelming majority of them Palestinians.

Israel did not send representatives to the Cairo talks, but a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said Israel would abide by the truce’s terms and would withdraw all its ground forces from Gaza by 8 a.m. Lerner said Israel “would continue to maintain defensive positions from the air, from the coast and from the ground, but outside the Gaza Strip.”

Ezzat al-Reshek, a Hamas representative at the Cairo talks, said that the group would abide by the cease-fire and that it is ready to begin indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital about the terms for a lasting truce.

Good luck with those “terms,” though. Hamas hasn’t got much with with to bargain now, after having its terror infrastructure destroyed and ending up with no gains at all after provoking the war. Accepting Egypt’s terms is, as Hamas said from the beginning, a defeat and surrender. They shafted their only politically-significant allies, Turkey and Qatar, by violating the previous cease fire after the two nations had vouched for Hamas.

They’re pariahs abroad, and they’re almost certain to be pariahs at home when Gazans take measure of what they gained by all the blood shed by Hamas while using them as human shields, and worse. Hamas had begun executing Palestinians en masse who dared protest against their actions during the war, tightening their grip on power in the short run but underscoring their despotism and nihilism in the longer term. Jeff Dunetz says this is one reason the cease fire may last this time:

Gazans are beginning to “revolt” against Hamas. People in Gaza are getting angry, not just against Israel but against Hamas. . A week ago, Palestinian sources reported that Hamas, most of them in the Shejaiya neighborhood, executed over 30 Palestinians . Hamas claimed that they were collaborators with Israel. Israel’s Channel 10 said that Hamas executed 20 residents of Shejaiya who had dared demonstrate against Hamas. Palestinian Arab sources said Tuesday that Gaza residents attacked Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri Saturday evening, near the Shifa Hospital. The residents blamed Hamas for the death of family members and for destruction of their homes. Armed Hamas terrorists from the Izzedine al-Kassam Brigades extricated Abu Zuri and arrested the angry residents.

Actually, I suspect that this is one reason why Hamas didn’t want a cease fire. Once the smoke clears, there may well be an accounting for their actions, and war helps to delay the inevitable. Once Israel announced it would withdraw, though, Hamas had little choice but to go along with the truce, especially since their other avenues of attack had been destroyed.

That makes Benjamin Netanyahu the instrument of the truce, but you’d never know that from the US State Department’s statement on the cease fire:

Talk about petty.


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This is not over while Hamas is running things in Gaza

Evi L. Bloggerlady on August 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Pretty ominous to see the world level misinformation and pure hate being directed at Israel.

hawkdriver on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Talk about petty.

So, you’re finally seeing the light about Nutandyahoo?

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

hawkdriver on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Yes it is.

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank

LOL

Good Lt on August 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Israel has now pulled out of Gaza, and Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank:

What a fitting epilogue. This is one of those movies where you catch the last 5 minutes before the credits roll and you understand the story almost as well as someone who saw the whole thing.

RINO in Name Only on August 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Pretty ominous to see the world level misinformation and pure hate being directed at Israel.

hawkdriver on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

It’s scary.

gophergirl on August 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

This is not over while Hamas is running things in Gaza

Evi L. Bloggerlady on August 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

If they break it this time Israel should vow to destroy Hamas to the last man.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank

LOL

Good Lt on August 5, 2014 at 9:35 AM

muzzies aren’t very good at complicated things like aiming rockets.

Centuries of sibling inbreeding…

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Talk about petty.

So, you’re finally seeing the light about Nutandyahoo?

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

You need to read better. Might help if you put your hate aside when you do.

beatcanvas on August 5, 2014 at 9:43 AM

The fallout from all of this should be very interesting, especially in light of Hamas being caught red handed murdering their own people and their (apparent) loss of favor with the rest of the world, which seems more interested in their own problems than those fomented by murderous antisemitism. The Hamas Sheikh has no clothes.

vnvet on August 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Pretty ominous to see the world level misinformation and pure hate being directed at Israel.

hawkdriver on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Its 1937 or 38.

We’ve even seen enlightened, non-religious Jews in Manhattan and Paris saying the same things Jews were saying in Berlin.

“Such a civilized country we live in; nothing outrageous could happen- could it?”

Dolce Far Niente on August 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Pretty ominous to see the world level misinformation and pure hate being directed at Israel.

hawkdriver on August 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM

I honestly think that’s the only the IDF withdrew. We can all play victory after the fact, but in all their media statements the only tunnels claimed to be destroyed are those known about. I understand the need to save face but the reality is that the job is unfinished and the fear of whatever hell might come down on the Jews of Europe is only logic explanation for Netanyahu’s forced hand, it certainly wasn’t any fear of obama, lol.

abobo on August 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Nice work Bibi. Now get prepared for ISIS. The sound you hear is that of inevitability.

Deano1952 on August 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

At 54 years – I think I have never been more impressed with a countries (Israel) strength.

jake-the-goose on August 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

ISIS – or is it now IS?

Talk about history and humanity going backwards. ANd Obama pretty much facilitated all of this. Boy is this going to cost a lot of our young adults when we are forced to confront this.

Zomcon JEM on August 5, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Nice work Bibi. Now get prepared for ISIS. The sound you hear is that of inevitability.

Deano1952 on August 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Yep!

Vince on August 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I am really interested in your answer.

Is it religious?

ethnic?

personal?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Nothing to worry about here as our supreme faculty lounge commando and his hash tag minions, are but one super tag away that will bring Vadimir and all the bad actors to their knees and thus World PEACE!

On the other hand with their track record, maybe start World War three???

nowhiners on August 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

ending up with no gains at all after provoking the war.

Well… except for the worldwide media supporting their cause, and tens of thousands of protestors all over the world.

What an idiotic thing to say. Did anyone expect them to hold ground? Overtake Israel? Of course not.

faraway on August 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

faraway on August 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM

And that translates into what?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Big mistake. But early, premature retreat due to “world pressure” is an old story and ends in another Hamas propaganda victory with little real damage done.

MaiDee on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 AM

This is not over while Hamas is running things in Gaza

Evi L. Bloggerlady on August 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

If they break it this time Israel should vow to destroy Hamas to the last man.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I’m thinking of Yogi Berra saying “it’s ain’t over ’till it’s over”.

Hamas made a roll of the dice thinking Israel would accept some outside solution to the problem and they failed. If this were any other administration that might have happened. But Israel knows this United States administration is not a friend of Israel in that they would protect them from harm.

They accepted the cease fire but kept their powder dry. When Hamas did what Hamas does, they punched them in the nose before they could retrench.

No, Hamas better be worried. This time Israel isn’t going to hold back.

itsspideyman on August 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

At 54 years – I think I have never been more impressed with a countries (Israel) strength.

jake-the-goose on August 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Myself, and I suspect many, had the sense that Israel, meaning the people of Israel, had come to the end of patience when this thing started a month ago.
Much of the rest of the world, the US included, didn’t give a second of attention to the near daily rocket fire and terrorism that rained down upon Israel. But imagine that as being the daily reality, that a rocket fired by a coward miles away, could hit your child’s school or bedroom. It had to end, and I too am impressed, but not surprised, that Israel had the guts to take it to it’s logical conclusion.
I wish I could say it’s now over, but we all know it is not. The ONLY people that can prevent this in the future are the residents of Gaza, I pray that they have or will see the light, and will just say NO to cowards that want to fire rockets from behind innocent people. Along with that, the rest of the world should be pressuring those that enable these sh1theads with weapons (and that includes the UN Rocket Storage Service!).
The next few days and weeks will be quite telling.

JusDreamin on August 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

JusDreamin on August 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Agreed. This doesn’t end until the Palestinians fight a war with themselves and throw out Hamas.

itsspideyman on August 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

At 54 years – I think I have never been more impressed with a countries (Israel) strength.

jake-the-goose on August 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

I remember going to a picnic after the 6 day war. The Nice Old Man was told by one of the neighbors ” You Jew Boys sure can fight!”
We laughed about tht for years.

katy the mean old lady on August 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM
?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM
I am really interested in your answer.

Is it religious?

ethnic?

personal?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Probably just emotional – left wingers rarely understand their own emotional reactions.

rhombus on August 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

A US Major General was just assassinated by jihadis in Afghanistan:

Green on Blue again. We never learn.

spiritof61 on August 5, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Israel has now pulled out of Gaza, and Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank:

Maybe this will get Palestinians in the West Bank PO’d, and they will get rid of Hamas in Gaza.

Steve Z on August 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

It may have been petty, but its instructive too. The Netanyahu-led action against Hamas had nearly 90% approval in famously argumentative Israel. Obama and Kerry are thwarting the will of the people most directly concerned and trying to impose a pro-Hamas solution, just as they tried to do in Egypt, which has cost us fifty years of diplomatic effort in the country. Obama’s efforts on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, totally supported by Hillary Clinton, have undermined all of our alliances in the region, promoted ISIS, and cost death and destruction. The Obama administration foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster for the world.

MTF on August 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I am really interested in your answer.

Is it religious?

ethnic?

personal?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

You correctly left out intellectual and factually-based!

Shay on August 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

If Palestinians are turning on Hamas then will Israel still continue to equate Hamas’ actions with those of the entire strip?

This “report” is probably more propaganda but Israel is brilliant at manufacturing justifications to kill more Palestinians so they can grow their land.

Hamas was created by Israel.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hamas was created by Israel.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Oh brother.

Liberal clusterspeak. You MADE me do this!

itsspideyman on August 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Agreed. This doesn’t end until the Palestinians fight a war with themselves and throw out Hamas.

itsspideyman on August 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Correct. Not likely any time soon, unfortunately.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This “report” is probably more propaganda but Israel is brilliant at manufacturing justifications to kill more Palestinians so they can grow their land.

Hamas was created by Israel.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I’m learning lately that a lot of libertarians irrationally hate Israel. It’s really making me question being a libertarian because I have no problem with legalizing drugs, gay marriage, etc. But when a supposedly “liberty” guy hates on the one society in the Middle East that most embraces liberty among the governments there, I want nothing to do with such a label.

beatcanvas on August 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s really making me question being a libertarian…
beatcanvas on August 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Don’t. All political philosophies have their ignorant fringe idiots.

Libertarians tend to have more noticeable ones on the internet.

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So, you’re finally seeing the light about Nutandyahoo?

corona79 on August 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM
.

?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

.
I am really interested in your answer.

Is it religious?

ethnic?

personal?

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

.
We all wanna know.
.
HEY corona79 ! . . . . . Is an explanation for that really too much ?

listens2glenn on August 5, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Don’t. All political philosophies have their ignorant fringe idiots.

Libertarians tend to have more noticeable ones on the internet.

cozmo on August 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Classic delivery and proper use of an understatement. H/T.

HonestLib on August 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

A pox on the spox……

crosshugger on August 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank…

Hilarious. I expect they will somehow blame Israel.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Hamas unleashed one last volley of rockets … which hit Palestinian homes in the West Bank…

Who is responsible? How about ‘Hand of God’

Missilengr on August 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM