Hamas: In the Next Round We Will Launch Ground Attacks on Israel (Facebook-Arabic)
Osama Hamdan, head of Hamas' international affairs department, said
Wednesday in Beirut that Hamas still has "surprises" at its disposal.
Hamas is determined to agree to a cease-fire only after its conditions
are met, as Hamas sets the conditions and the enemy must surrender to
them or endure continuous rocket fire.
Israel announced a cease-fire and Hamas responded by launching 47 rockets at west Jerusalem, Eilat and Tel Aviv.
"We...refuse to accept any conditions....The Jew cannot bear
staying two hours in a shelter while the people in Gaza are used to
falling asleep to the sound of artillery."
"For the next round we plan to manufacture bigger rockets and we will
plan the liberation of lands [of the State of Israel] and its annexation
to the already liberated lands [Gaza] and we will launch ground
See also Hamas Official: We Have Good Relations with Hizbullah and Iran, and Cooperate Against Israel - Roi Kias (Ynet News)
Osama Hamdan, the official responsible for the Department of
International Relations in Hamas, discussed his group's relations with
Hizbullah and Iran in an interview with the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir.
"The enemy is the same and his tactics are the same. Therefore, we
have made continuing efforts to exchange information. There is constant
cooperation and coordination in the field."
"The relations with Hizbullah and Iran today are much better than
what people think. Relations with Hizbullah are better by a number of
degrees greater than what the most optimistic people would expect."
Iran Trained Gaza Rocket Makers - Ali Hashem (Al-Monitor)
An Iranian official told Al-Monitor that Iran is committed to the Palestinian cause. "Yes, we are sending rockets and military aid, but not the traditional way."
Amin, a Palestinian official, told Al-Monitor, "Several
brothers were brought to Tehran, where they met military commanders and
experts....The training courses took time....It's true our activists
needed guidance, but they were smart enough to grasp quickly."
"From 2011 until 2012, Grad rockets were smuggled into Gaza, while
larger rockets, mainly the ones designed in Iran and Syria, were brought
in parts and built inside Gaza," said Amin.
Canadian Journalist Documents Rocket Fire near UN School Filled with Refugees - Patrick Martin (Globe and Mail-Canada)
The Fakhoura UN School in Gaza is offering temporary housing to about 1,200 Palestinians.
After a visit to the school, heading toward the exit, we were
overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets being launched from
somewhere near the school.
Hamas, or some other militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis
won't strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the
moment of firing, because they're close to the school and so many
As the Hamas-made missiles screamed off into the sky, leaving a white vapor trail, the kids all cheered.
Palestinian Rocket Count (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
As of July 17, over 1,497 rockets have been launched at Israel,
1,093 of which hit Israel.
301 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Israel Downs Another Hamas UAV (Ynet News)
A Patriot missile defense battery intercepted an unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV) over Ashkelon coming from Gaza on Thursday evening.
On Monday, the Patriot missile defense battery felled a Hamas UAV over Ashdod.
Weapons Caches in Houses of Gaza Terrorists (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center)
The house of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist commander
Ibrahim al-Shawaf in Khan Yunis was attacked on July 8, 2014. The
Palestinian media reported that the IDF had sent the residents a warning
prior to the attack telling them to vacate the premises.
An IDF video shows secondary explosions caused by the detonation of explosives and weapons stored in the house.
Egyptian Forces Seize Rockets Being Smuggled from Gaza to Sinai (Al-Ahram-Egypt)
Egyptian security forces thwarted the smuggling of 20 Grad rockets and
launching platforms from Gaza through cross-border tunnels into
Egypt's Sinai, security sources told MENA on Friday.
Security forces clashed with Egyptian and Palestinian Islamist
militants at the opening of one of the tunnels in Egypt's border city of
Sderot: The Bomb Shelter Capital of the World - Alan Craig (Fathom-BICOM)
In July 2008 Senator Obama interrupted his presidential campaign
with a brief visit to Israel, choosing Sderot, a city of 25,000 located
close to Gaza, to declare his "unshakeable commitment to Israeli
security" and promising to "tell the story of Sderot."
8,600 rockets have hit the city since 2001; it is the bomb shelter capital of the world.
With only 15 seconds warning of an incoming rocket, bus stops are
bomb shelters, playground animals are bomb shelters, shop basements are
Hamas Executed Four Palestinian "Collaborators" Since Start of Gaza Operation - Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas has executed four Palestinians on suspicion of "collaboration"
with Israel since the beginning of the fighting in Gaza, the
Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported Thursday.
Another 13 Palestinians have been arrested by Hamas on suspicion of providing Israel with information.
Israeli Killed on Malaysian Airplane Downed over Ukraine (Jerusalem Post)
Itamar Avnon, 27, was among those killed on a Malaysian airlines plane shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, Maariv reported on Friday.
How America Can Help to Stop the War in Gaza - Liel Leibovitz (Tablet)
It cannot be repeated often enough: Deliberately targeting civilians is a war crime.
Western newspapers report a simple and compelling story: Two
sides, Israel and Palestine, are locked in a bloody tango, each
responsible for the taking of innocent lives, each culpable for the
But some things are just plain evil and should be prevented with all the means at our disposal.
Raining down rockets on a civilian population is evil. Instructing
one's operatives to kidnap and murder children is evil. Using children
as human shields is evil.
People who do these things are supposed to pay a price, so that they don't do them again.
Israel Knows the Price of Weakness - Dan Hodges (Telegraph-UK)
People may not like the current Israeli assault on Gaza, but please, let's not pretend we don't understand it.
The threat of annihilation is not an historical abstraction to the
people of Israel. It was the reason for the formation of that state.
The Jews of Israel learned in the most barbaric way imaginable that
the price of being too strong is not as high as the price of being too
The images of what is happening in Gaza may sear our consciences.
But when the Jews of Israel say "never again," they mean it.
The writer is a former British Labour Party and trade union official.
Israeli Surgeons Save the Lives of Palestinian Children as Hamas Continues Its Rocket Assault on Israel - Barbara Kay (National Post-Canada)
On Tuesday, 13 Palestinian children from Gaza and the West Bank
arrived at Israel's Wolfson Medical Center in Holon (near Tel Aviv) to
undergo life-saving heart operations. After their surgeries, they will
recover in the nearby Children's Home.
By now, when the sirens announcing incoming rockets blow, the
toddlers there instinctively raise their arms for the volunteers to
scoop them to safety in the protected room.
Palestinian children have been arriving at Wolfson's clinic every
Tuesday for 18 years for treatment by the international charity, Save a
Child's Heart (SACH).
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- Israel Enters Gaza to Halt Palestinian Attacks - Batsheva Sobelman and Alexandra Zavis
After 10 days of Israeli airstrikes and rocket attacks by Palestinian
militants, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ground
troops into the Gaza Strip on Thursday night. Israeli officials said
Netanyahu made the decision after Hamas rejected a cease-fire brokered
by Egypt this week and fired rockets at Israel during a five-hour truce
Thursday that was requested by the UN.
(Los Angeles Times)
See also IDF Begins Ground Action in Gaza
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on
Thursday instructed the IDF to commence ground action to strike at the
terrorist tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory. Hamas terrorists
used such a tunnel to infiltrate into Israel Thursday morning in order
to perpetrate a large-scale attack against Israeli citizens.
The directive for ground action was approved by the Security
Cabinet after Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, whereas
Hamas rejected it and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities. In
light of Hamas' criminal and relentless aggression, as well as the
dangerous attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory, Israel must act to
defend its citizens.
Operation Protective Edge will continue until it reaches its goal -
restoring quiet to Israel's citizens for a prolonged period, while
inflicting a significant blow to the infrastructures of Hamas and the
other terrorist organizations.
(Prime Minister's Office-Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Israel Launches Ground Offensive in Gaza - William Booth, Sudarsan Raghavan and Ruth Eglash
Israeli forces backed by artillery barrages and airstrikes launched a
major ground offensive into Gaza late Thursday. IDF spokesman Lt. Col.
Peter Lerner said their activities along the southern part of the Gaza
Strip were carried out in coordination with Egypt.
Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.
In Gaza City, from a high floor in an apartment building, reporters
watched as the sky was lit as if by lightning strikes. There were
sustained barrages of artillery, flares shooting through the night and
drones flying overhead. Israeli warships fired from the Mediterranean
During a five-hour "humanitarian truce" on Thursday, a group of
men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the
glass from windows shattered in the previous day's bombardment. But
they could be seen moving rockets into the mosque.
Khalid al-Batish, a political leader of Islamic Jihad, said the
armed factions were prepared to keep fighting until their cease-fire
conditions were met. "A truce should include a reward for the
Palestinian people," he said.
Analysts expect the Israeli ground forces to focus on destroying the
tunnels and trying to avoid engaging Hamas fighters.
"If all that will stop the shooting from Gaza into Israel, I believe
that after a few days they will go back [home]," said Itamar Yaar, a
former top official at Israel's National Security Council. But if Hamas
attacks Israeli soldiers, the "Israeli cabinet will not have any other
choice than to give orders to the armed forces to go deeper." (Washington Post)
See also Video: IDF Forces Enter Gaza (Israel Defense Forces)
- Obama: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself Against Inexcusable Attacks from Hamas
At the Iftar Dinner held at the White House during Ramadan on July 14,
2014, President Obama said:
"Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both
Israelis and Palestinians. And I will say very clearly, no country can
accept rockets fired indiscriminately at citizens. And so, we've been
very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I
consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas. At the same time, on top
of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we've worked long and hard to
alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy,
which is why we've emphasized the need to protect civilians."
"We're going to continue doing everything we can to facilitate a
return to the 2012 cease-fire. We are encouraged that Egypt has made a
proposal to accomplish this goal, which we hope can restore the calm
that we've been seeking." (White House)
- UNRWA Strongly Condemns Placement of Rockets in School
On July 16, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant
school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups
responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is
a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under
international law. This incident endangered civilians including staff.
Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties
and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the
objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
- Israeli Soldier Killed in Gaza Fighting - Yoav Zitun
IDF soldier Eitan Barak, 20, was killed early Friday as Israel began
its ground incursion into Gaza, and five other soldiers were wounded in
separate incidents. (Ynet News)
See also Video: Soldiers Prepare for Ground Operation in Gaza
An IDF captain briefs his company before they go into Gaza:
"I don't think I need to explain to you why we are doing what we are
doing. We are here in order to do what we trained for, and what we
enlisted for - to protect the State of Israel, and to enable its right
to exist in freedom, without them shooting mortars at us, and without us
worrying about the families here on the border. I am confident in what
we are doing, because it is our right to be free in our land. It's not a
slogan, it's the truth." (Israel Defense Forces)
See also Video:
IDF Chief of General Staff Briefs Generals on Ground Operation (Israel Defense Forces)
- Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease-Fire Initiative - Barak Ravid
The Israel Defense Forces' ground operation in Gaza began after the
Egyptian cease-fire initiative fell through. On Wednesday, an Israeli
delegation traveled to Cairo where they found that Hamas was only
increasing its demands, hardening its position toward a possible
cease-fire. "We found out that we, the Egyptians and [Abbas] are more
or less in the same place regarding the need for a cease-fire," said a
senior official. "But we also found out that Hamas is playing a totally
different game. We felt that they're forcefully trying to sabotage the
Egyptian attempts at mediation, and escalate the conflict." (Ha'aretz)
See also Palestinians Fire over 100 Rockets at Israel Thursday - Roi Kais (Ynet News)
- The Tunnel Threat on Gaza's Border - Gili Cohen
In less than two years, five border-crossing tunnels have been
discovered in Israeli territory. The digging is quite elaborate: The
tunnels are connected to electricity and usually include a number of
branches inside Israeli territory. Even after Thursday's discovery of a
tunnel from Gaza to near Kibbutz Sufa, the Israel Defense Forces
estimate that there are a number of additional tunnels that cross the
border and are designed for carrying out attacks inside Israeli
"The principle guiding Hamas is to move the fighting to our
territory - whether by means of terror attacks or by subterranean
means," explained a senior IDF Southern Command officer. "It's
impossible to deal with the subterranean (tunnels) with aerial attacks,
only by entering the area." (Ha'aretz)
See also The Gaza Tunnel Threat to Israel - Ron Ben-Yishai
A large group of terrorists entered Israel through a tunnel dug in Gaza
and emerged near Kibbutz Sufa, intending a major attack with a high
death toll and the abduction of Israeli soldiers and civilians.
Fortunately, security forces were waiting for the terrorists. But the
danger of the tunnels is far from diminished, rather just further
No responsible political or military leader can afford to have the
kibbutzim surrounding Gaza under constant threat from tunnels. The
question of how many more tunnels or offshoots there are cannot be
answered without an IDF presence west of the Gaza border fence.
See also Why the Hamas Tunnels Are First Priority in Israel's Ground Offensive - Mitch Ginsburg (Times of Israel)
- Murdered Arab Youth Recognized as Victim of "Hostile Action" - Nir Hasson and Gili Cohen
The Israel Defense Ministry has recognized Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the
Palestinian teen who was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem last
month, as a victim of hostile action. This is the same terminology used
to refer to Israeli citizens who are victims of terrorism.
The announcement was made Thursday after three Israelis, including two
minors, were indicted for his murder. Israel's Attorney General Yehuda
Weinstein said in a Justice Ministry statement:
"The attorney general wishes to express his deep sorrow over this cruel
act that counters all basic human morals." The perpetrators said they
carried out the murder as revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three
Israeli teens in the West Bank.
See also Three Indicted for Killing Arab Teen - Jodi Rudoren
On Thursday, a 29-year-old Israeli Jew with a history of psychiatric
problems and two of his teenage relatives were indicted for the
kidnapping and killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in Jerusalem on
(New York Times)
Israel Enters Gaza
- Israel's Gaza Offensive:
The Country Had Little Choice after Hamas Rejected a Cease-Fire - Editorial
Israeli ground forces moved into the Gaza Strip Thursday, and it's hard
to see what other choices the country's leadership had to defend its
citizens from the terror group Hamas' unrelenting missile attack.
Israel agreed Tuesday to a cease-fire proposal from Egypt and held its
fire for six hours. Hamas kept firing throughout the day, while raising
its demands. "We will continue to bomb until our conditions are met,"
said a Hamas spokesman.
This time Israel should stay the course until it achieves its
strategic objective of neutralizing Hamas' missile attacks. Two
previous bouts of fighting in 2009 and 2012 failed to do this. This does
not require a full occupation of Gaza. But it does mean seizing a zone
to prevent the underground smuggling from Egypt of munitions and
longer-range rockets into Gaza. It also means targeting Hamas' military
and political leadership.
Hamas won't stop its rocket and other attacks until it concludes
that the military and political price it is paying is too high. Until
that happens, a democracy like Israel is obliged to take the steps
necessary to defend itself.
(Wall Street Journal)
- Create a Different Strategic Balance Against Islamic Terrorism - Hillel Frisch
In 2002, Israel engaged in massive offensives against Yasser Arafat's
PA, its security forces, Fatah and the other terrorist organizations.
It temporarily took over the big Palestinian towns, and has been "mowing
the grass" ever since through daily preventive arrests of terrorist
operatives. This policy, coupled with security cooperation with the PA
security services under Muhammad Abbas' rule, has had a dramatic effect.
Terrorism in the West Bank has declined to levels that prevailed before
the first intifada and have remained low ever since.
Israel has avoided a massive ground attack on Gaza on the
assumption that such an attack will have no lasting effects and might
even make the situation worse.
Destroying the military infrastructure of Hamas could lead to its
"jihadization"; to a Gaza controlled by a variety of small jihadist groups at Hamas' expense who would neither be deterred nor subject to pressure to desist from terrorist activity.
Israel should adopt the highly successful anti-terrorist strategy it
employed in the West Bank over the past decade and take over Gaza
temporarily to destroy the terrorist infrastructure as much as possible.
Even if a weakened Hamas was overwhelmed by other jihadist groups, they might spend more time fighting each other than against the Zionist enemy, as we see today in Syria. Prof.
Hillel Frisch, a senior research associate at the BESA Center, is a
professor of Political Science and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan
(BESA Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University)
- Why Israel Launched a Ground War in Gaza - Aaron David Miller
Sure, Iron Dome has ensured that there were almost no Israeli casualties
from Hamas' rocket attacks. But Netanyahu can't allow a new status quo
in which Israel is subjected to the disruptions and potential
casualties of daily rocket attacks. The responsibility of a government
is to guarantee not just security but normalcy. And life isn't normal
today in Israel. Sooner or later Hamas was bound to get lucky. Its
missiles, or some terrorists tunneling out of Gaza, would succeed in
killing a significant number of Israelis. So Israel had to act now. The writer is vice president and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Palestinian Rocket Fire on Israel
- Israel Uses Its Arms to Protect Its Civilians; Hamas Uses Its Civilians to Protect Its Weapons - Daniel Taub
Israel has made strenuous efforts to focus its attacks on terrorist
infrastructure, targeting rockets and missile launchers. At the same
time it took extraordinary measures to limit the damage to the
civilians above and around these targets. One is hard-pressed to find an
example of another conflict in which a military used phone calls, text
messages, leaflets, and warning shots to alert residents to impending
Notwithstanding these efforts, there has been a heavy civilian toll on
the Palestinian side. Since Israel uses its arms to protect its
civilians, whereas Hamas uses its civilians to protect its weapons,
there has been a predictable asymmetry of casualties.
In 2005 Israel uprooted more than 8,000 Israelis and more than
twenty settlements from Gaza, in the hope that Gazans would build a
prosperous society, with tourists flocking to its beautiful beaches and
agriculture flourishing in the greenhouses Israel left behind. When
this terrorist regime is finally disarmed and dismantled, this Gaza may
yet become a reality.
The writer is Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
- Why Gazans Are Again Paying for Hamas' Choices - Dennis Ross
Hamas has never put the Palestinian people first; it has always been
willing to sacrifice them for its ideological cause - even now telling
them not to heed Israeli warnings to evacuate buildings or areas. Hamas
wants to produce civilian casualties among both Israelis and
Palestinians. Hamas protects its leadership and missiles by putting them
underground, but not its public. The writer was President Bill
Clinton's Middle East envoy and served in senior positions in the
Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Obama administrations. (Wall Street Journal)
- The Palestinians Do Not Recognize the Jews' Right to a State - Shlomo Avineri
The Palestinians don't think this is a conflict between two national
movements. From their perspective, this is a conflict between the
Palestinian national movement and an entity that is destined to
vanish from the world. The analogy that appears in Palestinian
textbooks sees all of Israel as Algeria, and that the Israelis will
disappear just as the French settlers in Algeria did.
The Israeli position talks about "two states for two peoples." But
in the Palestinian version, the phrase "two peoples" doesn't appear.
Those of us who supported Oslo must recognize that the Palestinians
are genuinely uninterested in a solution of two states for two peoples
because they're unwilling to grant legitimacy to the Jewish right of
self-determination. The writer, professor of political science at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, served as director-general of Israel's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Israel Seeks to Restore Deterrence as U.S. Influence Wanes - Jonathan Schanzer
Iron Dome, a missile defense system developed and funded with U.S.
assistance, has intercepted 90% of the Hamas rockets hurtling toward
Israeli population centers. The Israelis are deeply grateful to America
for this remarkable technology. But, meeting with several senior Israeli
officials last week, I was also struck by their equally strong desire
to establish deterrence in a region that grows more dangerous by the
day, and where U.S. influence is waning commensurately.
Every leader in the region knows full well that the U.S. is trying
to extricate itself from the Middle East. They know that the current
Gaza conflict, the ongoing Syria slaughter and other regional upheavals
are a collective nuisance to this administration. The writer is vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
- Why Israel Is Winning in Gaza - Jonathan Kay
This is the third time that Israel and Hamas-run Gaza have done this. A
three-week conflict in late 2008 and early 2009 resulted in an Israeli
ground campaign and about 1,400 deaths - all but 13 of them on the
Palestinian side. In November 2012, a smaller-scale confrontation
resulted in about 200 deaths on the Palestinian side, and six on the
Israeli side. Hamas continues to rhapsodize about the annihilation of
Israel and its Jews, while devoting its meager wealth to the acquisition
of more weapons. Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has little choice:
No country could sit by idly while its towns and cities are used for
target practice by warmongering jihadis.
Many of the rockets have been shot down by Israel's improved Iron
Dome missile-defense system, a technical marvel that not only has saved
human lives but also has reduced the stress level of the inhabitants of
Israel's largest cities. Yes, some weddings have been cancelled, as well
as a Neil Young concert. But that's pretty thin gruel for those Hamas
supporters who see every confrontation as a chance to sweep the Zionists
into the sea.
- Ending the Occupation of Gaza Served to Escalate the Conflict - Clifford D. May
In 2005, Israel ended its occupation of Gaza. Every settlement, every
settler, every synagogue and cemetery was removed.
Hamas turned Gaza into a terrorist enclave from which more than a
thousand missiles have been fired at Israeli communities in recent days.
In this case, it was clearly not occupation that led to conflict. On
the contrary - ending the occupation of Gaza served to escalate the
conflict. When Hamas and similar groups talk about "occupation,"
they're referring to every square inch of Israel.
The writer is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
- Israeli Think Tank: Hamas Is Committing War Crimes - Edna Adato
Hamas' actions in the fighting of recent days constitute war crimes, the
Israel Democracy Institute says in a position paper published
Wednesday. "Rocket attacks against unprotected Israeli civilians who do
not pose a concrete military threat are a clear violation of
international law and impose individual criminal responsibility on the
perpetrators of the launchings." The document argued that it was
permissible for Israel to attack civilian structures that Hamas had
turned into weapons storehouses and meeting places if there was proof
that they were being used for military purposes.
See also Operation Protective Edge and International Law - Yohanan Plesner, Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Prof. Amichai Cohen, and Eli Bahar (Israel Democracy Institute)
- Lessons Learned - Danny Ayalon
Hamas' launching capabilities, which cover nearly the entirety of
Israel, give further impetus to Israel's demand that Hamas be
disarmed, similar to the removal of Syria's chemical weapons. No UN
member state would ever accept or allow massive indiscriminate missile
launches on their citizens.
The writer is former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
Palestinian Rocket Fire on Israel - World Responses
- Egyptians Increasingly Critical of Hamas - Mohamed Abdelbaky, Angela Waters and Janelle Dumalaon
The Palestinian militant group Hamas is losing support among Egyptians.
Samir Ghattas, director of the Middle East Forum for Strategic Studies,
an Egyptian think tank, said that although the vast majority of
Egyptians dislike Israel and sympathize with the Palestinians, they
think Hamas is provoking the violence. "Everybody here in Cairo and in
many Arab cities knows that Hamas is behind this wave of violence in
order to earn some sympathy," Ghattas said.
Egyptians' attitudes toward Hamas are likely to worsen in the wake
of the group's rejection of Egyptian President el-Sisi's cease-fire
plan Tuesday, which Israel accepted. Akram Alfy, deputy director of
the Cairo-based Ahwal Masrya Center for Political Studies, said, "The
public considers Hamas now as any other radical group....Hamas has
proved to Arab public opinion over the last decade that it only cares
about its interests; everything it does indicates that it has no
interest to either have reconciliation with the other Palestinian
factions in West Bank or peace with Israel." (Washington Times)
- Saudi Writer: The Slogans of Resistance Are Empty; The Only Way to Stop Israel Is to Make Peace with It - Abdallah Hamid Al-Din
In a July 12, 2014, article in Al-Hayat, Saudi writer Abdallah
wrote: "How should we act today, 66 years after the establishment of the
Jewish state, a state that enjoys international support and has a vast
arsenal at its disposal?...If one wants to act in the world, one must
accept reality even if one does not like it. Israel is part of this
reality, and has been since 1948. I do not like [this] world order, but
it is a fact. We must believe that every state is entitled to the same
rights as any other. Every state has the right to afford its citizens a
"Do the [Palestinian] refugees and their descendants have the right to
return? Yes! Do the Native Americans in the U.S. have the right to
return to the regions that were theirs? Yes! Is that going to happen?
No! Had I said to the Native Americans, 'I will uphold your right to
return and I will expel the people of America - so remain in your
wretched condition' - that would be patently immoral. The refugees will
never return. That's a fact."
"Ever since the 1947 [UN] partition resolution, the Palestinians'
situation has steadily deteriorated, while Israel's situation is
steadily improving. One does not need a vast amount of historical
knowledge to understand that [the Arabs and Palestinians] missed one
opportunity after another. Had the Arabs accepted the partition
resolution, Israel's territory would have been considerably smaller than
it is today, and had they agreed [to make] peace after the defeat of
1967, their situation would have [also] been better."
"We must acknowledge that Israel cannot be defeated by force today,
and for the foreseeable future....True resistance is resistance to
illusions and false hopes, and no longer leaning on the past in building
the future. Real resistance is to silently endure the handshake of
your enemy so as to enable your people to learn and to live." (MEMRI)
- Arab World Losing Patience with Hamas
The offensive waged by Hamas against Israel from Gaza has sparked
intense criticism in the Arab media.
Alongside condemnations of the Israeli counterattack, Arab media voiced
sharp and extensive criticism of the Hamas leadership's handling of the
Media in Saudi Arabia and in Al-Sisi's Egypt - the leaders of the
Arab world's moderate axis and the main rivals of the Muslim
Brotherhood (MB) movement, to which Hamas belongs - accused Hamas of
taking unreasonable and irresponsible steps, of trading in the blood of
the people of Gaza, and of exposing them to inevitable attacks. The
media in Syria also slammed Hamas. (MEMRI)
See also Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas - Khaled Abu Toameh (Gatestone Institute)
- Where Is the Outrage over the Bombardment of Civilians in Israel? - Arsen Ostrovsky
Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on London, Washington,
Paris or Moscow? Where is the outrage from the mainstream media?
Instead, news organizations like the BBC lead their stories
about the rocket attacks with headlines like "Israel Launches New Air
Strikes on Gaza Strip" and not "Palestinian Terrorists in Gaza Rain Down
Over 120 Rockets Against 1 Million Israelis in 24 Hours."
Where is the outage that civilians across southern Israel stay in bomb
shelters, or that 24 premature babies and 34 newborns had to be moved to
a protected area in Soroka Hospital in Beersheba due to the rocket
attacks from Gaza?
Where is the outrage that the very same Hamas now responsible for
the rocket fire against millions of Israelis was, only a month ago,
welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas into his unity
government, while the international community, including the EU, rushed
to embrace it? (Telegraph-UK)
- There's Something Very Ugly in This Rage Against Israel - Brendan O'Neill
France can invade Mali and there won't be loud, rowdy protests in Paris.
President Obama can resume his drone attacks in Pakistan, killing 13
people in one strike last month, and Washington won't be besieged by
angry anti-war folk demanding "Hands off Pakistan." But the minute
Israel fires a rocket into Gaza, radicals in all these Western nations
will take to the streets, publish the names and ages of everyone
"murdered by Israel," and generally scream about Israeli "bloodletting."
(When the West bombs another country, it's "war"; when Israel does it,
Anyone possessed of a critical faculty must at some point have
wondered why missiles fired by the Jewish State are apparently more
worthy of condemnation than missiles fired by Washington, London, Paris,
the Turks, Assad, or just about anyone else on Earth. It is now
becoming very difficult to tell where anti-Zionism ends and
Moral Clarity in Gaza - Charles Krauthammer (Washington Post)
We routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally
equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest
can Israel have in cross-border fighting?
Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows
the proudly self-declared raison d'etre of Hamas: the eradication of
Israel and its Jews.
Apologists for Hamas attribute the blood lust to the Israeli
occupation. Occupation? Does no one remember anything? Nine years ago
worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling settlers off
synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its
citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to
Instead of building a state, Gaza Palestinians spent the
better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base,
brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.
They built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their
weapons and their military commanders. They spent millions importing
and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They
deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private
homes to better expose their own civilians. And they fired rockets at
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be
telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. It's to the
Israelis' credit that amid all this madness they haven't lost their
moral scruples. Or their nerve.