Video: Iron Dome intercepts 15 Hamas rockets in less than one minute; Update: Extended ceasefire reached

posted at 4:01 pm on August 26, 2014 by Guy Benson

The racially-fraught unrest in Ferguson, coupled with the prospect of an expanded US military campaign in Iraq and Syria, has shoved Israel’s conflict with Hamas onto the American media’s back-burner.  That doesn’t mean that the hostilities have concluded.  Not by long shot [see update].  The IDF tweeted on Sunday that terrorists in Gaza had fired more than 135 rockets over a 24-hour span, with the bombardment continuing into today — killing at least one Israeli civilian, and wounding “several others.”  Five civilians in Israel have now been murdered by Hamas in this war, which is now 50 days old, including a four-year-old boy slain in a mortar attack last week. Dozens of IDF soldiers have also died. Israel goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize and avoid civilian casualties (click through for a friendly reminder about Hamas-provided statistics); Hamas deliberately targets civilians.  The terrorists who launched the barrage of rockets intercepted by Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ defense shield in the video below fervently hoped that each one would rain down on innocent people.  Hamas and its supporters celebrate death.  Before you watch the clip, here’s some context from Newsweek about the video, which was uploaded to YouTube today:

A new video posted today on a pro-Israel, anti-Hamas YouTube channel called ‘Sin’ purports to show the Iron Dome, Israel’s short-range missile defense system, simultaneously intercepting 15 separate Qassam rockets. The video depicts men and women entering bomb shelters in an unidentified Israeli city…all the while, sirens blare.

Each small puff of white smoke represents an intercepted rocket blown out of the sky.  Iron Dome can’t catch every single weapon fired at Israeli civilians, a sad fact to which several grieving families can attest, but it’s a remarkable system that protects many innocent lives.  On the other side of the border, Gazans are at the mercy of a band of genocidal, wildly anti-Semitic radicals — whom they elected, I should add.  Hamas fires rockets from heavily-populated civilian neighborhoods, digs tunnels to terrorize and slaughter Israelis, operates out of hospitals and schools, intimidates journalists who stray from approved propaganda narratives, and urges its civilians to act as human shields.  As the morally depraved United Nations relentlessly blames Israel for supposedly indiscriminate destruction in Gaza, Israel pushes back with hard evidence:

There is zero moral equivalency between Israel and its terrorist enemies.  I’ll leave you with news of an alleged anti-Semitic beating in New York City in which the perps sped off in vehicles flying Palestinian flags.

UPDATE – An apparent breakthrough (emphasis mine):

Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday reached a long-term cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, according to officials on both sides, halting the longest, bloodiest battle either side has experienced in years — but without resolving many of the bigger issues underlying the conflict. “Israel has once again accepted an Egyptian proposal for a complete cease-fire,” a senior Israeli official said on the condition of anonymity. “This cease-fire is unlimited in time.” Shouts of “God is great” rang out from mosque loudspeakers across Gaza City, as people fired gunshots into the air to celebrate. “We declare the victory of the Palestinian resistance, the victory of Gaza,” Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the militant Hamas movement that dominates Gaza and led the Palestinian militants’ operation, announced at a news conference at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

…People familiar with the agreement said it would ease but not lift Israeli restrictions on travel and trade, largely reviving the terms of a 2012 cease-fire agreement that ended an eight-day air war. It also will allow construction materials and humanitarian aid to enter Gaza in large quantities for a major rebuilding effort, with a monitoring mechanism to ensure that concrete and cement would go only to civilian purposes. “We’re not interested in allowing Hamas to rebuild its military machine,” the senior Israeli official said. Other issues — including Hamas’s demand for a Gaza seaport and airport, Israel’s demand for Gaza’s demilitarization, and the return of Israeli soldiers’ remains believed to be in Hamas’s hands — were to be addressed after a month if the truce holds, people familiar with the agreement said.

Having been thoroughly routed while accomplishing absolutely nothing — aside from guaranteeing the deaths of thousands of Gazans — Hamas has decided to declare “victory.”  Do note that their faux-triumphal news conference was held at a hospital, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.  This nearly two-month war was started by Hamas (followed by weeks of lies and denials from apologists), and appears to be ending with a ceasefire agreement the broad outlines of which have been in the offing for many weeks.  Hamas’ insistence upon further bloodshed was utterly senseless and purposeless.  They achieved nothing.  We are hopeful that Israelis (and Palestinian innocents) will finally experience an extended peace, but bear in mind that Hamas has rejected, broken and violated roughly a dozen truces since this conflict started.  Let’s wait and see.  Parting thought:  Hamas explicitly doesn’t want peace, so why agree to this deal?  Maybe its leadership was finally too spooked to carry on these days.  This is what panic and paranoia looks like.

UPDATE II – And…scene:


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Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Breaking – Israel lifts blockade, stupidly.

Palis will build more tunnels now.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

How could Israel accept a cease fire that leaves seemingly most of the missiles and tunnels, and Hamas, fully in place? After all they went through? Insane.

anotherJoe on August 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Sooooo – basically we have ANOTHER cease fire in which the Muslims don’t stop firing…..
When is Israel going to figure this out?
What’s that definition of insanity again?

dentarthurdent on August 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

Yep, ya can’t fix STUPID!

GarandFan on August 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

So Gaza must have the same gun control laws as Chicago?

dentarthurdent on August 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Renewed respect for Israel’s patience…

right2bright on August 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday reached a long-term cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, according to officials on both sides, halting the longest, bloodiest battle either side has experienced in years — but without resolving many of the bigger issues underlying the conflict.

Hamas must be running low on rockets and ammo. Time for a cease-fire to restock.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

They ran out of rockets.

Johnnyreb on August 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

This is good war technology.

petunia on August 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in Gaza

That would suck, to make it through a war only to die in the celebration…

People… gravity is real.

petunia on August 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

anotherJoe,

Israel did not lift the blockade (they agreed to “ease” it, whatever that means, with inspections intact). They’ve also destroyed 30+ tunnels, which they believe represents the bulk of the underground network. Israel has also insisted in a “monitoring mechanism” to ensure that humanitarian relief/rebuilding materials are used only for legitimate purposes.

But yes, hard not to be cynical about Hamas’ intentions. They’re finally embracing a peace that they’ve rejected repeatedly because Israel’s been liquidating top leaders lately, based on rock solid intelligence.

Guy Benson on August 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

LOL – again

How many weeks ago was it that some blog site “reported” that Hamas was running out of rockets and would have to “surrender”?

So, did the latest Israeli casualties die of Hamas-engineered ebola?

Which side stated just days ago it wouldn’t “negotiate under fire” and how now knuckled under by ending the blockade?

How’s that public opinion working out for you, Bibi? (seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

That would suck, to make it through a war only to die in the celebration…

People… gravity is real.

petunia on August 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

A fact lost on 7th-century barbarians.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

It’d be nice if regular American citizens had that kind of defense too. Not just our political servants masters.

Iblis on August 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

How’s that public opinion working out for you, Bibi? (seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I think you need to go and have your meds checked again there shipmate.

Johnnyreb on August 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Wow, there is so much dumb in that post I can’t wrap my head around it.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

LOL – again

How many weeks ago was it that some blog site “reported” that Hamas was running out of rockets and would have to “surrender”?

So, did the latest Israeli casualties die of Hamas-engineered ebola?

Which side stated just days ago it wouldn’t “negotiate under fire” and how now knuckled under by ending the blockade?

How’s that public opinion working out for you, Bibi? (seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

You can have your own opinions, but not your own facts.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

corona79 thinks Poland got what they deserved for starting a war with Hitler.

The Notorious G.O.P on August 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

The IDF tweeted on Sunday

Compare and contrast:

The IDF tweets about the war on Twitter.

Obama conducts war on Twitter.

#RunAndHide

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Cease fire, sure.

I’ll go out on a limb here a predict the Hamasholes will violate it…again.

Cultists of Islam cannot be trusted, their cult instructs them to deceive all the infidels.

Need any more evidence? I sure don’t.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

They’re finally embracing a peace
Guy Benson on August 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

LOLZ!!!

Bmore on August 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Strong with the stupid, this one is. – Yoda

tanked59 on August 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

yawn (each time a cease fire is declared)

Yawn
yawn
yawn
10 to the 24th power

MaiDee on August 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Anti-Semitic much? Or just a promoter of the “religion of peace”?

lineholder on August 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

A long term ceasefire?

What! And John Kerry-Ketchup wasn’t involved? Couldn’t happen.

Just kidding, of course it happened and Americans were purposely excluded from the process by both the Egyptians and the Israelis.

For the first time since WW2 our influence in the ME has waned to essentially zero. It’s really amazing what Obama has wrought in six short years.

MTF on August 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

DON’T HELP THEM REBUILD ISRAEL. NO AIDE THE PALESTINIANS.

portlandon on August 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Why did you kill that Gazan with your celebratory gunfire?

corkie on August 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

All the more reason the Israelis shouldn’t agree to any more cease fires until Hamas is completely destroyed and unable to wage war of any kind.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Extended ceasefire reached

Why? To let them rebuild and build their weapons supplies and number of fighters back up? This is why this kind of crap goes on for decades.

Mimzey on August 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire

Does that guy gets virgins? What is the rule? Or does he get 1 pass around Patty?

Oil Can on August 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Hamas terrorists are declaring victory despite that Israel has crushed them… Not surprising, terrorist organizations and regimes will always declare victory even if one person is left alive on their side, he will raise his two thumbs in the air with a V-sign… If his hands are amputated he will raise his f***ing foot and make a V-sign with his toes…

mnjg on August 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

— Ian Lee (@ianjameslee) August 26, 2014

Celebrate a ceasefire by firing into the air. Makes sense.

airupthere on August 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Hamas terrorists are declaring victory despite that Israel has crushed them… Not surprising, terrorist organizations and regimes will always declare victory even if one person is left alive on their side, he will raise his two thumbs in the air with a V-sign… If his hands are amputated he will raise his f***ing foot and make a V-sign with his toes…

mnjg on August 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Precisely why none of them should be left alive to claim victory.

Meople on August 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

— Ian Lee (@ianjameslee) August 26, 2014

These were obviously specially designed Israeli bullets made to kill the poor Hamas.

/

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

(seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Bibi kidnapped the three Jewish teenagers and fired 2000 rockets from Gaza into Israel? I hadn’t seen that elsewhere. Source?

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

These were obviously specially designed Israeli bullets made to kill the poor Hamas.

/

faraway on August 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

“Muzzie-detecting ammo”.

I like it.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Hamas has declared victory. One Hamas spokesman was quoted as saying, “We have successfully beaten up Israel’s fist with our face!”

Nethicus on August 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

— Ian Lee (@ianjameslee) August 26, 2014

Unexpectedly.

Maybe Palestinians have some kind of magical thinking process whereby they don’t think they can be killed by their own weapons, which would explain why they aren’t more ginned up about the 10% of Hamas rockets that land in Gaza.

talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Regardless of my opinion on this war, as a hardware/software engineer, I find the Iron Dome technology just freakin’ cool.

Mohonri on August 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry 1 person has been killed and 45 injured by celebratory gunfire in #Gaza

The Palis might be the only people on Earth dumber than Obama.

ConstantineXI on August 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The Palis might be the only people on Earth dumber than Obama.

ConstantineXI on August 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Anyone who voted for King Putt is in the running.

dentarthurdent on August 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Regardless of my opinion on this war, as a hardware/software engineer, I find the Iron Dome technology just freakin’ cool.

Mohonri on August 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yep. The obvious first countermeasure against an anti-missile system is to swarm it and see how many incoming targets it can handle.

This has to be sombering news for Iran.

slickwillie2001 on August 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

LOL – again

How many weeks ago was it that some blog site “reported” that Hamas was running out of rockets and would have to “surrender”?

So, did the latest Israeli casualties die of Hamas-engineered ebola?

Which side stated just days ago it wouldn’t “negotiate under fire” and how now knuckled under by ending the blockade?

How’s that public opinion working out for you, Bibi? (seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The war he started?

Hamas was firing 140 rockets a day at Israel. They kidnapped and murdered three Israelis. They built infiltration tunnels into Israel over a twelve-year period, for use in an attack in which 200 terrorists would storm civilian centers and kill as many people as they could.

What’s this hallucination about “lifting the blockade”? The terms are that the construction materials be monitored. If they’re not monitored, they won’t be allowed in.

Hamas DID surrender. They said only a couple of days ago that they wouldn’t agree to a ceasefire unless they got an airport, a port, and unrestricted imports of construction materials and dual-use technology.

They got none of what they demanded, and they lost at least 1000 terrorists and most of their top commanders.

If this is a defeat for Israel, I’ll take it.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The Palis might be the only people on Earth dumber than Obama.

ConstantineXI on August 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Unfortunately, they get as much information as the typical American voter. Hence why they elect Hamas, and why we’re stuck with Obama.

Nethicus on August 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

You know, Israel is probably figuring “What the heck, why not say yes to this cease fire? Hamas has violated every other one, we’ll get 72 hours max to sleep, then back to killing some more terrorists, because Hamas cannot help themselves.”

As for Iron Dome, it’s no wonder lovers of evil hate it. It prevents them from killing Jews. And evil, and leftists, love nothing more than dead Jooooooos!

Vanceone on August 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

The extent to which Netanyahu’s popularity has dropped in recent weeks (the numbers have fluctuated wildly) appears to stem from public frustration that he’s declined to stamp out Hamas *more aggressively.* Recall these numbers:

http://www.newsweek.com/majority-israelis-are-unhappy-ceasefire-poll-argues-261555

Bibi’s in a tough spot. His people want Hamas decimated once and for all, but he’s somewhat handcuffed by the warped “international community” (including, to some extent, our esteemed administration).

Guy Benson on August 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

If this is a defeat for Israel, I’ll take it.

I think he’s right. Ultimately Hamas wins. This is a terrible decision by Israel. Hamas holds all the cards. Bibi and the military are being criticized at home for the ceasefire. Hamas can launch missiles anytime in the future it wants after this ceasefire and cause instability in the Israeli government. Those that live in the south are extremely unhappy. Also, if Hammas is lucky and gets a missile through in the future that kills Israelis, it will be a political nightmare for Bibi and the military.

Aplombed on August 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

The extent to which Netanyahu’s popularity has dropped in recent weeks (the numbers have fluctuated wildly) appears to stem from public frustration that he’s declined to stamp out Hamas *more aggressively.* Recall these numbers:

http://www.newsweek.com/majority-israelis-are-unhappy-ceasefire-poll-argues-261555

Bibi’s in a tough spot. His people want Hamas decimated once and for all, but he’s somewhat handcuffed by the warped “international community” (including, to some extent, our esteemed administration).

Guy Benson on August 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Good point.

tanked59 on August 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Additional voices from the government came from the other side of the political aisle including Meretz Chairman Zahava Gal-On who spoke with Channel 10, saying that Hamas had emerged as the victors in a “pointless” military operation.

“The ceasefire comes too late and the terms prove that Operation Protective Edge was a strategic loss for Netanyahu who entered a war without goals, and finished by giving huge gains to Hamas on the backs of residents of the south.” said Gal-On. She added that, “The grief that this pointless operation inflicted on the people of Israel was inflicted upon us by an irresponsible government.”

Eshkol mayor Haim Yellin also had harsh words for Netanyahu over the ceasefire deal, though he supported military action where Gal-On did not. He said that if government officials had been spending time under rocket fire in southern Israel, they would have made a different decision all together.

The Eshkol mayor also told Channel 10 Tuesday evening that residents of the south who fled during Operation Protective Edge due to rocket fire from Gaza, shouldn’t yet return home. “I don’t care what they’re saying in the government or what they’re saying in Hamas. I will call on residents to return only when I feel that there is a true ceasefire.”

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Thank you Ronald Reagan!

JellyToast on August 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

We need to start a pool on when the ceasefire is violated by Hamas. Do we do it by days or hours? If by days, numbers below 10 cost $20, numbers more than 10 only cost .50. Gotta make it fair.

NOMOBO on August 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Opposition to cease-fire comes from across political spectrum

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel said “any agreement that doesn’t include eliminating the rocket threat on residents of Israel and demilitarizing the Gaza Strip is less than half of what is necessary.

“In this reality, the defense establishment will have no choice but to prepare for the next round, which will be soon,” Ariel added.

According to MK Danny Danon (Likud), in the Middle East, restraint is seen as weakness.

“Despite the heavy price Hamas paid, we did not defeat Hamas,” he stated. “Fifty days of fighting, 64 soldiers killed, five civilians killed, 82,000 reservists called up and in the end we’re back to the agreement from Operation Pillar of Defense.” Danon said a defeat was necessary to broadcast to the whole Middle East, including Hezbollah, Islamic State and Iran, that “they should not mess with the People of Israel.” “I am concerned we did not succeed enough. Now is the time for national introspection. The policy of restraint and hesitation hurt Israel’s deterrence,” he added.

MK Eli Yishai (Shas) said that a ceasefire without Gaza being demilitarized means Israel may as well write the next round of fighting in its calendar.

“This will be time for Hamas to resupply itself with weaponry to use against Israel,” he said. “Not demilitarizing Gaza will bring Israel to another round of fighting that will be even worse.”

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Update: Extended ceasefire reached

Is it over yet?

Nomennovum on August 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

By the standards of one or two posting here, the US lost the first Gulf War. @_@

ReaganWasRight on August 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM

(seems like the war he started didn’t work out like he planned)
 
corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

 
Bibi kidnapped the three Jewish teenagers and fired 2000 rockets from Gaza into Israel? I hadn’t seen that elsewhere. Source?
 
talkingpoints on August 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

 
Ferguson rules. Hegemony, truth to power, no justins no petes, etc. means Israel started it and are supposed to take it and not defend themselves or their fellow citizens.

rogerb on August 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

We need to start a pool on when the ceasefire is violated by Hamas. Do we do it by days or hours? If by days, numbers below 10 cost $20, numbers more than 10 only cost .50. Gotta make it fair.

NOMOBO on August 26, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I’m counting in hours….

dentarthurdent on August 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Bibi’s in a tough spot. His people want Hamas decimated once and for all, but he’s somewhat handcuffed by the warped “international community” (including, to some extent, our esteemed administration).

Guy Benson on August 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I understand that Bibi and Israel, as a cilized nation, want to show that “warped “international community” that it can exercise restraint. But, as maligned as they already are, I no longer see an upside for them to hold back in eliminating Hamas. What’s the UN really going to do to them? And, hopefully, we’ll get an Israel-friendly administration back in the White House in a couple years.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday reached a long-term cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting, according to officials on both sides, halting the longest, bloodiest battle either side has experienced in years — but without resolving many of the bigger issues underlying the conflict.

Long-term until the next Hamas hothead launches rockets into Israel. Just long enough for them to move their rocket-launchers to a different school or hospital that Israel hasn’t targeted yet.

Any bets on how many hours this cease-fire will last?

Hamas’ Strategery:

1. Shoot rockets willy-nilly into Israel.
2. Get clobbered by Israeli retaliation.
3. Cry uncle and “cease-fire”.
4. Move rocket launchers.
5. Repeat.

Steve Z on August 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The Iron Dome is so freaking cool.

May God continue to bless and protect Israel.

gophergirl on August 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

This won’t last a week. Hamas will violate it and the war will be on again — and the international press will blame Israel.

Steven Den Beste on August 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tactically, this is an excellent time IDF to step back and resupply. Both of Hamas backers have been publicly exposed, and Hamas’s supply lines cut. Hamas field leaders are dead, and their military in ruins. So why doesn’t Israel finish Hamas off. Bitter Clinger answered that in this 6:06pm post. But more importantly, the IDF needs to resupply, refit, and upgrade their Iron Dome ABM system for what is coming. This has become a cool war between those who back ISL and Hamas, and those who want to see them wiped out. This is no longer Israel vs the Arab world. The true masks are coming off.

flackcatcher on August 26, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Brack wants Israel to share Iron Dome technology with Hamas. You know, like when Clinton gave North Korea nukes. Thankfully Israel has a much higher IQ than the Soviet States of Amerika.

Hening on August 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

One of the most idiotic – and unfortunately most common – arguments I hear repeated ad infinitum by pro-Palestine tools is that the “imbalance of casualties” proves that the war “isn’t fair” and that Israel is the aggressor. So to them it’s not about winning or losing, or which side’s attacks are justified military operations and which side’s aren’t – no, the only righteous scenario to this idiots would be if there were an exact number killed on both sides. Which would mean some kind of barbaric tit-for-tat, eye for an eye policy. Only then could this conflict be considered “fair.”

Sharke on August 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Additional voices from the government came from the other side of the political aisle including Meretz Chairman Zahava Gal-On who spoke with Channel 10, saying that Hamas had emerged as the victors in a “pointless” military operation.

“The ceasefire comes too late and the terms prove that Operation Protective Edge was a strategic loss for Netanyahu who entered a war without goals, and finished by giving huge gains to Hamas on the backs of residents of the south.” said Gal-On. She added that, “The grief that this pointless operation inflicted on the people of Israel was inflicted upon us by an irresponsible government.”

That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

Pure opportunistic politicking.

The goals of the war were stated clearly: Destroy the attack tunnels into Israel and degrade Hamas’s strategic capabilities.

Both goals were accomplished. The Qatari computerized tunnel-management system FAILED completely.

Instead of sitting on your fat rump and chuckling, do some research. The Battle of Shijaiyah (July-20-23, 2014) was one of the most spectacular military operations in human history.

Hamas was badly beaten, and the whole Arab world knows it. At some point reality has to intrude. I appreciate your maniacal partisanship, but it can’t change facts.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Hamas must be running low on rockets and ammo. Time for a cease-fire to restock.

Bitter Clinger on August 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

They ran out of rockets.

Johnnyreb on August 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Yup. Give it another couple of years while the Russians send them some more ammo.

And we do nothing about it.

fossten on August 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

One more for the “Guy” who is so badly misinformed:

After seven weeks of Gaza war, Hamas 1, Israel 0

corona79 on August 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM

It’s perfectly legal to resist an illegal occupation.

lexhamfox on August 27, 2014 at 2:37 AM