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Hamas Phony Truce

IDF Chief Of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi: 'We Do Not Believe Hamas Will Honor Proposed Cease-fire - It Will Be Fragile & Temporary'

Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee Split Across Party Lines On Whether To Accept Cease- fire That Hamas Will Likely Break

Gen. Ashkenazi: 'UN Forces Have Failed To Prevent Hezbollah From Rebuilding Its Bases In South Lebanon Where It Has Again Stockpiled Thousands Of Rockets'

Hamas Terrorists

IDF Chief Of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi has said that Hamas has no intention of honoring the 'Tahdia' cease-fire being brokered by Egypt. IsraCast interviews with various Knesset members indicates they are split across party lines about accepting the cease-fire proposal being mediated by Cairo. In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Lt.-General Ashkenazi also warned that UNIFIL, the UN force, has failed in its mission to prevent Hezbollah's return to South Lebanon where it has again stockpiled thousands of rockets aimed at Israel.

'Fragile & Short' that's what IDF Chief of Staff of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's thinks of the prospect that Hamas will abide by a proposed cease- fire with Israel. General Ashkenazi left no doubt that the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip would not keep the truce being brokered by Egypt. While the IDF was preparing for a period of calm, the IDF commander was under no illusions: 'Israel and Hamas are on a collision course'. The most realistic assessment was there would be a period of calm erupting into a Hamas escalation. The IDF was taking this into account and preparing for all contingencies. A senior IDF operations officer disclosed that in the past six months, IDF air and ground operations had killed over 350 terrorists, some 328 in the Gaza Strip and 29 on the West Bank. This was a key factor in Hamas agreeing now to a truce. After hearing the Chief of Staff, Likud opposition members criticized Defense Minister Ehud Barak's support for the proposed cease-fire.

IDF Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi

Likud leader Bibi Netanyahu has stated that Hamas will exploit a period of quiet to rebuild its forces and then launch another barrage of rockets when its ready. The IDF will have to move back into Gaza in the future but it will cost more in casualties. In a new twist, Hamas now says it will take responsibility for reining in its own members only. The other terror groups such as the Islamic Jihad will be Egypt's responsibility. As for Cairo, it has yet to give any firm commitment that it will halt the arms smuggling with no ifs, ands, or buts. The Likud also charges that the current political infighting between Prime Minister Olmert, Defense Minister Barak and Foreign Minister Livni is preventing a rational and serious decision-making process over Gaza and other issues.

Even committee chairman Zachi Hanegbi of Kadima, a strong Olmert supporter, opposed any government acceptance of the cease- fire proposal. Labor Knesset Member Danny Yatom insisted that the cease-fire accord must include a firm Egyptian commitment to really crack down on the arms smuggling from its Sinai territory into the Gaza Strip. A number of MKs also demanded that abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit must be returned as part of the agreement. The only solid support for the cease-fire deal came from the far left Meretz MKs Yossi Beilin and Ran Cohen. They argued that no one could predict the future and it was worth taking the chance. And if Hamas would regroup, Israel would not sit idle.

The Chief of Staff painted a no less grim picture of a new Hezbollah build-up in South Lebanon. Under the UN cease-fire resolution ending the Second Lebanon War two years ago, UN forces were to prevent a Hezbollah return to South Lebanon from where they had repeatedly attacked Israel. Gen. Ashkenazi told the committee that UNIFIL has failed in its mission. An estimated 2,500 Hezbollah fighters were now in underground bunkers and inside Lebanese villages. They were armed to the teeth with tens of thousands of rockets, no less than before the Second Lebanon War.

The three Israeli abducted soldiers - Eldad Regev, Ehud Goldwasser and Gilad Shalit

There are also cross party differences over a possible POW exchange with Hezbollah. Hezbollah has refused to give any sign of life from the IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser, who were also wounded in the Hezbollah raid that sparked the war. There is mounting opposition to the idea that Israel will release Hezbollah killers of Israeli children, women and men if the two soldiers are not alive.

David Essing

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