Fighting in Gaza may resume in hours after Hamas makes unrealistic demands of Israel

posted at 6:01 pm on August 7, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Thursday has delivered yet another blow to those forever trying to construct a moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas.

With the ceasefire in the Gaza strip set to expire in hours, negotiations between Israel and Hamas have ground to a halt. Israel has demanded that Hamas disarm, but it has indicated that it is willing to extend the ceasefire without precondition in order to allow negotiations to continue. Hamas, for its part, wants no part of that deal.

The terrorist group’s military wing has instructed peace negotiators in Egypt to reject any truce agreement unless all of its demands are met.

What are those demands, you ask? “Hamas has demanded the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed on the coastal territory after the Islamic militant group seized power in 2007,” the Associated Press reported.

That is a nonstarter for both Israel and Egypt, which fear that Hamas militants will use the relaxed restrictions on ingress and egress to import armaments and defensive materials.

This report was leaked to the press via an Egyptian official who, according to the AP, expressed his concerns over the Hamas delegation growing increasingly unreasonable.

The Egyptian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the Palestinian delegation’s stance had hardened after the arrival in Cairo of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev confirmed on Thursday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that Israel is prepared to consider easing the restrictions on the blockade of Gaza as long as there had been verifiable disarmament of the Hamas militants first.

“The rockets led to the restrictions,” Regev said. “If the rockets stop, if the violence stops, the restrictions can be eased.”

The counterpoint is that Hamas has little incentive to cease the violence because when the West Bank disarmed and the Palestinian Authority became a more responsible international actor, they got little for it. This is not an entirely unfounded concern, but to agree with this argument is to concede that violence against Israel is justified in order to achieve a political objective… which no one would ever come out and say…

Maybe the increasingly one-sided nature of the conflict in Gaza will prompt the global community to begin expressing their hope that Hamas rather than Israel will observe “restraint.” Maybe United Nations officials will condemn Hamas’s excessive and unproductive actions…

Hilarious, I know. But one can dream.


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I gotta admit, this ceasefire lasted longer than I thought it would.

myiq2xu on August 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM

#SnuffHamas

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Other nations denounce Hamas? I expect my air delivery bacon on that day.

RblDiver on August 7, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Fighting in Gaza may resume in hours after Hamas makes unrealistic demands of Israel

Well O.K. then, I guess Israel will just have to kill another thousand of them until they get the message.

Joseph K on August 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The counterpoint is that Hamas has little incentive to cease the violence because when the West Bank disarmed and the Palestinian Authority became a more responsible international actor, they got little for it.

They didn’t? Has its residents been bombed over the past three weeks? What? Relative peace is nothing? Your statement makes sense only if one assumes that the Islamists do not primarily want peace.

Which, of course, is true: That is not what they want. In this regard they did get “little”. Israel, and Jews, continue to exist.

Am Chai Israel.

Hucklebuck on August 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Hamas is also demanding all the Burger King apple pies.

rbj on August 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I just hope Israel doesn’t “play for the tie” again….

“The best is to crush your enemies, have them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their vimmin.”

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

They didn’t? Has its residents been bombed over the past three weeks?
Hucklebuck on August 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Yes – by Hamas rockets.
Can you say “irony”? Very good. I knew you could.

dentarthurdent on August 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM

The fighting will continue, until Israel neutralizes the palestinian threat, once and for all.

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ok then Israel blows them to the Stone Age and Hamas will talk crap while being obliterated from the face of the earth.

sorrowen on August 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The other Islamic shows on sharia Broadway threaten to cut the audience for the Gaza gala.

BL@KBIRD on August 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

“Merely a flesh wound; I’ve had worse”

JFKY on August 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

“Oh, Good! More dead Joooos!”

-Verbaluce, liblikeaslave, Jimbo, etc.

After all, leftists everywhere are cheering ISIS and Hamas.

Vanceone on August 7, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Can you imagine living in a World where the media is so powerful worldwide that it could actually influence countries into not protecting themselves and their interests nor defeating their enemies? Oh wait, never mind….. my bad….

Tim Zank on August 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Well the left does love people who kill Jews and Christians…ok not all…but most.

CW on August 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Tim Zank YOU DON’T LIVE IN THAT WORLD:
1) Israel DID act;
2) If the poll numbers are to believed, the US public approved of their actions.

JFKY on August 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Hilarious, I know. But one can dream.

There is a right way to talk about the poisonous racial religious dynamic which the Democrats Palestinians have cynically used to secure their advantage among minority voters progressives, and there is a wrong way. Brooks’ Israel’s strategy invites media scorn and derision, it closes minorities the UN off to the GOP’s Israel’s message, and it is self-evidently counterproductive.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The counterpoint is that Hamas has little incentive to cease the violence because when the West Bank disarmed and the Palestinian Authority became a more responsible international actor, they got little for it.

WTH are you talking about??? Unilateral abandonment of the west bank in 2005 was “little for it”?

I agree with the general thrust of this article, but you have a tendency in a lot of your writings to haphazardly throw in ignorant embellishments like this that just end up undermining your credibility. Extemporaneous musings just don’t work for you.

CapnObvious on August 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Again, Israel should resume the operation, wipe out Hamas completely, permanently.

Then when Hamas is dead, make sure everyone gets out of Gaza and turn it into dust.

Meople on August 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I assume that Hamas figures that Israel will just bomb them…a ground incursion, that doesn’t seek to occupy the entire SURFACE of Gaza, if only temporarily, isn’t going to do Israel much good, so Hamas must figure bombing will make the Israeli’s look mean & raise Hamas PR face.

Otherwise what’s the point?

UNLESS, they are like that guy on the floor of the bar screaming, “Yeah, you’d BETTER walk away, because if I get up I’m going to KICK YOUR @rse!”

If they don’t shoot, the Israelis won’t shoot either, but they can still talk big….” Yeah, they didn’t want no second round with US! We aren’t scared of no Zio-Nazis”

JFKY on August 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Palestinians are demanding open ports on the coast, an open airport, and open borders with both Egypt and Israel so they can bring in heavy missiles and other arms from Iran.

That’s a non-starter. So what can they do? Do they have any rockets left? Are there any tunnels not destroyed?

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I grow weary of this. I think it is time for Israel to loose a few nukes and end this.

And before anyone objects, I am sure that, unlike us, Israel as a few neutron bombs sitting around and the can take the lumps.

The world will publicly scream genocide and privately breath a huge sigh of relief.

And Obama will remain clueless and go on vacation.

enginemike on August 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Sooner or later I suggest Israel is going to have to reach out and touch the sheikhs in Qatar who are paying for ‘palestinian’ arms. There have to be consequences for funding terrorism.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

WTH are you talking about??? Unilateral abandonment of the west bank in 2005 was “little for it”?

I agree with the general thrust of this article, but you have a tendency in a lot of your writings to haphazardly throw in ignorant embellishments like this that just end up undermining your credibility. Extemporaneous musings just don’t work for you.

CapnObvious on August 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I think you’re thinking of Gaza, because Israel only removed 4 settlements from the West Bank.

TDSE on August 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I’m sure Hamas put their time at the “peace negotiations” to good use, by setting up rocket launchers in hotels, schools, churches, and hospitals so they can be fire as soon as the “cease-fire” is over.

Socratease on August 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I grow weary of this. I think it is time for Israel to loose a few nukes and end this.

enginemike on August 7, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Gaza is too close to Israel. The radiation will spill over.

Carpet bombing with conventional weapons will suffice. Think Tokyo during WWII, or Dresden.

Joseph K on August 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

BTW, Hannity has an interview with Netanyahu from Israel, tonight on his Fox News show, 10pm EST.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

The counterpoint is that Hamas has little incentive to cease the violence because when the West Bank disarmed and the Palestinian Authority became a more responsible international actor, they got little for it. This is not an entirely unfounded concern,

Yes it is an unfounded concern, entirely–you idiot. Did your mother drop you on your head when you were a baby Mr. Rothman?

NOMOBO on August 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

This Rothman character is about as sharp as a sack of wet mice. Can we PLEASE hire someone else and send this nitwit back to Huffpo?

Capt Blasto on August 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM