Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The fix is in; Obama pushes Israel into cease-fire that benefits Hamas only

The fighting has died down for now, and a breath can be taken to assess the next step.  The cease-fire announced by Egypt now in place does not mention  "...any binding curbs on its ally Hamas, nor any guarantees that would prevent another wave of Hamas rocket attacks against Israel."  Israel is keeping itself it a perpetual state of war with Hamas by not insisting on these guarantees.  As we have seen countless times in the past, after Israel agrees to whatever terms have been dictated to them by the powers in the US, Hamas goes right back to launching rockets, which Israel must respond to.  The cycle is perpetuated by Hamas, and Islamic doctrine along with the Hamas Charter keeps that hatred alight.  The Charter calls for the destruction of Israel, the scattering of the Jews to the four winds and the establishment of a jihad-driven "Palestinian" country, from which further attacks will emanate.  By denying this truth, there will be no peace in a land which desperately needs it.

From The Daily Caller November 21 by Neil Munro

Obama pushed Israel to accept Egyptian cease-fire agreement friendly to Hamas

President Barack Obama pressured Israel’s prime minister to adopt a cease-fire agreement with Hamas that was pushed by Hamas’ Egyptian ally, according to a White House statement released on Wednesday.

Obama “commended [Israel’s] Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do,” said the 12.31 a.m. EST statement from the White House.

The cease-fire terms released by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s office do not mention any binding curbs on its ally Hamas, nor any guarantees that would prevent another wave of Hamas rocket attacks against Israel.

“A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals. … All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border,” said the statement.

The announcement also seems to accept Hamas’s demand for an end to Israeli restrictions on the importation of military-related items into the enclave, and its ban on movement of Hamas’ people from Gaza to the nearby West Bank, which is ruled by an unpopular Arab authority that has curbed attacks against Israel.

“Refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire,” said the announcement.

The announcement does not include mechanisms to enforce Hamas’s compliance. “Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon. … Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding,” said the statement.

A Nov. 21 White House statement commended Morsi for his role in the negotiations, which only began after Israel responded to Hamas’ early-November bombardment of Israeli towns.

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