|The evil and deceitful, luxury-loving Hamas political leader, Khaled Mashal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It is premature to talk about the "aftermath" of Operation Protective Edge. There were withdrawals of ground troops and reorganization of IDF in
Gaza at various points. A unilateral humanitarian cease-fire was declared by
Israel to come into effect at 10 am on 4th Aug 2014 for duration of 7 hours.
There were no signs of any negotiations between Israel and Hamas. The situation is
one of "quiet for quiet". If Hamas attacks Israel
will respond militarily.
According to the Israeli War Cabinet "All options are on the table". This means that entry of ground forces into bunkers of
where the Hamas leadership hides is a possibility.
The situation as it stands now appears to be a kind of a stale-mate, despite the severe beating that Hamas received. The leadership of Hamas is hidden in bunkers somewhere beneath the rubble in
It is uncertain whether the Mossad knows exactly where. Also the capability to
launch missiles into Israel
remains. All that one can hope for is that Hamas runs out of missiles because
targeting the launching sites or depletion of missiles.
Khaled Mashal, the deceitful, political leader of Hamas, sits in a 5 star palace in
is out of touch with the devastation of the Gaza Palestinians. He probably does
not care anyway as he has his own selfish agenda of enriching himself and
cronying up to the Doha, Qatar Qatar
leadership for funding Hamas. He is an evil despotic, political leader, who has
reaped the most benefit in this tragic situation. He lives by his fantasies of
destroying Israel by making
it "Jude rein" (free of Jews).The fact that he is responsible for the
deaths and destruction in Gaza
does not seem to worry him. His lavish life-style in Qatar is still being maintained.
The tragedy that is befalling the people of
is of catastrophic proportions. The suffering of innocent Palestinians as well
as the high death rate boggles the mind. The Hamas use of human shields, in
many cases, is well documented and denied by Hamas. UNRWA buildings
and schools became weapon stores and launching pads for Hamas missiles. An attack on UNRWA school is a case in point. It
is rather strange that rockets were fired from launching pads into Israel very close to UNRWA facilities in Gaza. The possibility
that Hamas bribed UN officials not to disclose these launching pads or weapon
stores in UN facilities cannot be ruled out. It may be prudent to investigate
UN officials about this. How is it possible that this illegal activity is
occurring in UNRWA schools in Gaza
without the knowledge of the UN? Surely they must also be held accountable for
the human shields employed in UNRWA facilities accounting for the
tragedies occurring there. This ought to be investigated by an independent commission
The UN is capable of overlooking certain crimes especially if it is too close to their "distinguished" members political interests. The responsibility for this terrible tragedy lies on the shoulders of Hamas. This does not absolve
does appoint a commission of inquiry and if there are
crimes, those responsible are brought to trial. Irrespective of how we view
this tragedy of destruction and death, Hamas carried out aggression against Israel by
launching missiles with the intention of killing Israelis. They had committed
war crimes and had broken every rule in the book. The human shield tactic
worked in their favor as it achieved the object of killing as
many innocent people as possible in Gaza as well
as arousing world opinion against Israel.
On 5th August 2014, Hamas agreed to a cease-fire without preconditions which was brokered by
cease-fire was for 72 hours. On Friday, 8th August 3014 at 8.00 am, Hamas did not agree to extension of the
cease-fire and even before the end of 72 hours, Hamas
could not resist and at 4.00 am they fired missiles into Israel. The sporadic firing of missiles has continued into
southern Israeli towns. The IDF has responded. It appears that Hamas has notreached a point of surrendering and despite the heavy damage that the IDFinflicted on them, they are still capable of firing missiles and their
motivation for doing so has not been harmed. Maybe they need a more
severe pummeling than what they have received to date.
The Hamas aggression against
will continue sporadically. We are on the threshold of a war of attrition that
can go on indefinitely. The IDF will retaliate and the reports from the Israeli
side are that the IDF will step up its power of retaliation while missiles
continue to be launched.
Meanwhile negotiations are still going on in
without Israeli participation.
The demands of Hamas are unreasonable. They behave as if they have won the war. They want a removal of the Israeli blockade, a seaport, freedom of prisoners captured by
airport. Hamas is not prepared to disarm. The most they are prepared to give in
exchange is a "tahida" a period of non-violence for as long as they
(Hamas) want. Nothing is mentioned about recognizing Israel's
right to exist or stopping their aggression against Israel.
Those double-standard, hypocritical, "humanists" who cry crocodile tears for the Hamas "Liberation Movement" and the Palestinian Gaza tragedy that Hamas created are raising their self-righteous eye-brows. They are saying: "There goes that mantra of
again - Hamas wanting to destroy Israel"
as well as " Israel
bringing up the subject of the world being blind to the torture and killings in
Syria, Sudan, Libya
and Iraq as an
attempted justification for what the IDF has done in Gaza". “There are disproportionate
retaliations against innocent Gazans". I got news for you, you
self-righteous, sanctimonious, "humanists"! The mantra of Hamas
wanting to destroy Israel
is created by Hamas by their own admission and by their own actions - missiles,
terror, suicide bombings, kidnappings and killings, of not only Israelis, but
Palestinians as well, who oppose their methods of cruelty. The latter's
fate is determined by a kangaroo court at best or large scale executions at
worst, usually by torture. Sanctimonious humanists, has the message not sunk
in? Double-standard "humanists" usually filter out truths that
they do not wish to know. For them ignorance is bliss. It bolsters their
pathetic world view.
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Another mantra by Hamas is that the occupation of
Palestine began in 1948
and Israel must be destroyed,
replaced by a . This is not an
Israeli mantra but the ideology of Hamas. Palestinian
If Hamas would annul their Charter and negotiate a peace treaty with Israel, recognizing Israel's right to exist, the siege on Gaza would be lifted and Israel would play its part with the rest of the world to rehabilitate Gaza so that the Gazans would have a future and would take its place alongside Israel as part of an independent Palestinian State including the West Bank. Hamas apparently does not want this, but I am sure that the Palestinian people do. They also want stability and an end to this terrible catastrophe that Hamas has brought upon them. Hamas abused the people of
by using them as human shields as mentioned in this article and previous
Israel lift the siege making it easier for
lethal weapons from Iran and
other countries sympathetic to Hamas to arrive unhindered into Gaza?
The choice of choosing the path to peace is in the hands of Hamas.
Israel is prepared to negotiate