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ISRAELI-HAMAS TEST OF WILLS

Hamas rocket fire from Gaza

 Why has Hamas broken the latest ceasefire with Israel? Simply because Israel did not give in to all its demands, nor will it do so in the future. On the battlefield, Hamas lost; Israel developed a counter-measure to cope with the Hamas rocketing of Israeli civilians and the threat of the terror tunnels. So Hamas must show some major Israeli concessions to justify the damage and suffering that these Islamist fanatics have brought to Gaza. Within 24 hours, Hamas and the other terror groups in Gaza have launched over 100 rockets and mortars at Israel. Sirens also blared in the Jerusalem area, but Iron Dome was again on guard and intercepted 14 of the incoming rockets. Although there were some close calls, no Israelis were killed although; there was some damage to property. In return, Israeli aircraft carried out over 90 strikes on the length and width of Gaza.  

Israeli intelligence believed it had Deif in its crosshairs, but Al Jazeera…reported that Deif was not at the home targeted.

 The Palestinians reported that 14 people were killed, including the wife and son of Mohammed Deif, the military mastermind of Hamas. Israel views Deif as its own Osama bin Laden, who has escaped some five assassination attempts. Apparently Israeli intelligence believed it had Deif in its crosshairs, but Al Jazeera, the pro-Palestinian TV network, has reported that Deif was not at the home targeted. 


Mohommed Deif

 This was apparently the first time Israel had targeted a top Hamas leader during the 440day mini-war, and it indicates that Israel has decided to intensify its retaliation for the Hamas rocketing that has again sent Israelis, including yours truly, rushing for cover. My personal reaction was: "Enough is enough, if the Hamas command and control center is directing the rocketing from a bunker beneath the Shifa hospital in Gaza, it's time warn the patients and staff to move out and then destroy that bunker." Isn't that what the US, Britain, or France would do? Incidentally, the US has condemned the latest Hamas breach of the ceasefire, and justified Israel's right to hit back.


 So what happens now?


The Parable of the Frog and the Scorpion - an apt allegory to Israeli-Hamas ceasefires (photo credit: allseeingguyproductions)

 After recalling Israel's delegation from the ceasefire talks in Cairo, Netanyahu has convened the Security cabinet to discuss Israel's next moves. Meanwhile Israeli public opinion has just about reached the end of its tether in light of the latest Hamas rocket blitz. So what are the options? Egypt and other states are calling on the sides to return to the table in Cairo. Netanyahu declared previously that Israel would not negotiate under fire, and Hamas has now violated or rejected no less than eight or nine ceasefire proposals over the past 44 days of the conflagration. (Israel accepted the first Egyptian proposal after six days of the outbreak, but Hamas turned it down. Consider this, if Hamas had come to the table at that time, the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian casualties would have been averted.)


Previously, Netanyahu stated that Israel would 'meet quiet with quiet' - if Gaza did not fire at Israel, Israel would not fire at Gaza.

 Previously, Netanyahu stated that Israel would 'meet quiet with quiet' - if Gaza did not fire at Israel, Israel would not fire at Gaza. This has now gone by the board for most Israelis who contend that has given the initiative to Hamas, which starts rocketing anew when it wants to coerce Israel. On the other hand, the Prime Minister has been turning over backwards to cooperate with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's effort to restore a permanent ceasefire. But in light of the latest Hamas rocketing, Netanyahu will need to take a tougher stand whether he likes it or not - his cabinet partners and public have seen to that.


 Moreover, Netanyahu has warned that Israel will not be drawn into a war of attrition with Hamas, so unless Hamas decides to halt the rocketing, Israel can be expected to really take off the gloves. Incidentally, the IDF estimates that Hamas has now lost two-thirds of its rocket arsenal, and has some 2,000 left. If it keeps firing 100 a day at Israel this would mean it would run out in twenty days, and then be forced to honor a ceasefire and possibly appeal to the UN to intervene. It is highly unlikely that Israel wait out Hamas.


Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has repeatedly warned he will resume the rocketing of Israel if his demands are not met for lifting Israel's blockade of Gaza.

 Worth repeating: Overall, Israeli leaders have been pressing for the 'demilitarization' of Gaza after three mini-wars sparked by Palestinian rocketing. For his part, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has repeatedly warned he will resume the rocketing of Israel if his demands are not met for lifting Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israel contends it is vital to prevent more rockets from being shipped into the Palestinian enclave that is sandwiched between Egypt and Israel.


 'Duty-free' missiles from Iran


MK Yuval Steinitz

 But if Khaled Meshaal has been insisting that Gaza be granted its own seaport, Israeli Cabinet Minister Yuval Steinitz retorted: "You bet, let Hamas have a 'duty free' for the delivery of missiles straight from Iran!" On this score, Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor has disclosed that Qatar donated $100 million dollars to Hamas for buying missiles and the building of tunnels into Israel for terror attacks on Israeli civilians. But the issue of a Gaza seaport could be discussed in future negotiations, if the facility were monitored by foreign inspectors to prevent a restocking of the rockets. This cuts to the core of the current ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.


"Lack of an agreement with Hamas is preferable to concluding the Protective Edge Operation by granting significant achievements to Hamas, even if Egypt requests it."

 Although Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamas because it is a terror organization, the ceasefire contacts are being brokered by the Egyptians. Israeli leaders are adamant that Palestinian terrorists do not achieve any significant gains from their act of flagrant aggression. Moreover, Jerusalem maintains contacts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who governs on the West Bank and who opposes terrorism against Israel. Such a deal would show the Palestinians they could get more from Israel through terrorizing Israeli civilians than they could through peaceful negotiations. Even Left winger Yossi Beilin argues that Israel would be committing a grave error if it concedes to terrorist Hamas what it refused to Mahmoud Abbas: "Lack of an agreement with Hamas is preferable to concluding the Protective Edge Operation by granting significant achievements to Hamas, even if Egypt requests it."


 Terror should not pay


Humanitarian aid continues being transferred to Gaza

 By escalating its rocket attacks on the Jewish state, Hamas provoked a severe Israeli reaction that has wreaked heavy damage on the Gaza Strip. The Hamas leadership, both in Gaza and Qatar, is hard-pressed to show the Palestinians that the price was worth it by forcing Israel to lift its 'siege'. (Throughout the latest conflagration, Israel permitted 250 trucks to deliver basic commodities as well as supplying electricity to Gaza, except on the day that Hamas actually rocketed the Israeli terminal at Kerem Shalom and damaged power lines to Gaza). Moreover, Gaza requires substantial international aid for rebuilding the property destroyed in Gaza.


"Right now, Gaza urgently needs houses, hospitals, and schools - not rockets, tunnels and conflicts".

 Israel's strategy is to link this need for financial aid to prevent Hamas from rebuilding its supply of rockets and mortars and diverting cement and other construction material for rebuilding its terror tunnels into Israel. Hopefully this message may be getting through to officials at the UN. For example, Robert Serry, the UN's top official to the Middle East has told the Security Council: "Right now, Gaza urgently needs houses, hospitals, and schools - not rockets, tunnels and conflicts."


 Hamas plot to topple Abbas


Mahmoud Abbas (Abu-Mazen)

 But just how far can Hamas be trusted? Israel's Shabak Security Service has uncovered a big Hamas terror cell on the West Bank, not only planning atrocities against Israelis, but also plotting a coup to topple Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. If past experience is anything to go by, Hamas would then have perpetrated a blood bath of Fatah members as it did in Gaza seven years ago. The cell was controlled by a Palestinian kingpin, Saleh al Arouri, who was operating out of Turkey, via Jordan. This raises questions about his possible collusion with the Turkish government. You do not get to be a Hamas senior operative in Turkey without its secret service taking more than a passing interest in just what you are up to.


The terror organization planned a massive attack on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a flashpoint that could have started a major conflagration.

 In any case, the latest Hamas plot activated dozens of cells operating out of numerous Palestinian towns and villages, including eastern Jerusalem. Among the suspects are chemistry and engineering students. Dozens of weapons were uncovered, as well as $170,000 for funding. The terror organization planned a massive attack on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a flashpoint that could have started a major conflagration. Mass terror strikes were to be launched inside Israel.


 Nonetheless, Hamas had just formed a national unity deal with Fatah on June 2nd. But all the while Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was hugging and smooth-talking Abbas on the need for Palestinian unity he was plotting to topple the Palestinian President, or worse. Abbas has ordered an investigation into what has been going on behind his back, and is obviously annoyed: "This would constitute a grave threat to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future!" Abbas has ordered his own investigation into what Hamas was up to. What is the obvious conclusion? In future negotiations, Israel cannot rely on the possible good intentions of Abbas while ignoring the fanatical Hamas that strives to take control of the West Bank.


 Hamas & IS


 This would not be the first time that Hamas has threatened to violently overthrow Abbas. In Gaza, on June 12th 2007, the power struggle between Hamas and Fatah came to a head. Hamas issued an ultimatum to all of the Fatah security forces to hand over their weapons to Hamas. Fatah refused, and a firefight erupted through the Gaza Strip, in which many people, including bystanders, were killed. Hamas gained the upper hand and vented its Islamist fervor by executing several hundred Fatah members. Senior Abbas supporters were thrown off high rise buildings, while others were tossed off two or three floors with the aim of only breaking their legs. Some Hamas members celebrated their victory by tying Fatah supporters behind their motorcycles and driving around Gaza.


"The creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending into Syria is not a problem thousands of miles away…if we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us…"

 This was how Hamas treated their Fatah brothers. Is there any doubt what these fanatics would do if they ever defeated Israel? Their Covenant publicly declares that every Jew must be killed. Is this Hamas barbarity reminiscent of anything happening elsewhere today? Look to Iraq and Syria and what the 'Islamic State' has perpetrated there. Is there any difference between the genocidal actions of Hamas and that of IS? Even thousands of miles away in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron is alarmed: "The creation of an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and extending into Syria is not a problem thousands of miles away from home; it is our concern here and now. Because if we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us here on the streets of Britain."


 And US President Barack Obama also views it in America's national interest to start bombing IS in the wake of their appalling atrocities and international goals. (On this note, one American commentator was worried that IS terrorists might infiltrate the U.S. via the porous border with Mexico). So how come world leaders such as Barack Obama and David Cameron realize the need to act against Islamist fanatics, and also support Israel's right to do so, while a wave of public opinion has lambasted the Jewish state for doing the very same thing? But that will be the topic of a future report.




 PS: All the Israeli families, who lived only fifteen seconds away from the Hamas terrorists in Gaza, have now returned to their homes along the border.





 

David Essing









Editor Rivki Matan

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