Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cease-fire not imminent, says Israel

Despite reports that a cease-fire is coming, it appears that may not be the case.  Hamas continues to fire rockets, Israel continues to defend itself against jihadis.  The next 48 hours will tell the tale, but it is important to remember that in every single case of previous cease-fires, they have lasted only as long as Hamas decides not to attack Israel.

From Arutz Sheva November 20 by Maayana Miskin

Erdan: Israel Not Seeking a Ceasefire
Israel is not seeking a ceasefire with Hamas, but rather, guarantees for southern Israel’s safety, Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Tuesday.

“There is some misunderstanding here,” he told IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal). “Israel is not seeking a ceasefire. We are trying to bring long-term quiet with international guarantees.”

“What will talk of a ceasefire give us?” Erdan asked. “If a missile falls, will they say it was a lone ‘trickle’? What guarantees can the world give residents of southern Israel?”

According to some reports, the United States and Egypt would commit to fighting weapons smuggling to Gaza as part of a ceasefire deal.

Hamas has claimed that a ceasefire is imminent, but at the same time, continues to fire rockets at Israeli cities, targeting not only its usual victims in southern Israel but also Jerusalem and central Israel.

If the rocket fire from Gaza continues, the IDF will hit the Hamas structure of power, Erdan declared.

The government would prefer to avoid entering Gaza, he related. “We are not eager to do something that could endanger soldiers.” However, he said, a ground operation will be ordered if needed.

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