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Hamas rejects Egyptian ceasefire proposal, keeps firing rockets at Israeli cities UPDATE: Israel Resumes Attacks

Hamas rejects Egyptian ceasefire proposal, keeps firing rockets at Israeli cities UPDATE: Israel Resumes Attacks

Israel’s security cabinet accepts ceasefire; Hamas responds with over 30 rockets .. so far

Prof. Jacobson posted yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. This morning Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian proposal.

The New York Times reports:

Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal for a cessation of hostilities with Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister’s office announced at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the appointed hour for the start of the cease-fire in the proposal made by Cairo on Monday night.

“In accordance with the government directives, the I.D.F. now holds fire,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said in a statement nearly two hours later, using the abbreviation for the Israel Defense Forces. “We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”

Hamas, as The Washington Post reported, rejected the Egyptian proposal.

A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, called the proposal “unacceptable” and complained that Egyptians have not spoken with the Gaza leadership. The group’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigade, wrote on its Web site that the initiative was “not worth the ink it was written with” and “the resistance will continue until all the demands of our people are met.”

Arutz-7 reports that according to the IDF approximately 35 rockets have been fired into Israel since the ceasefire. One hit a house in Ashdod but there were no injuries:

Between 10:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m., four rockets hit open areas outside the Eshkol region. No injuries nor damage were reported. Sirens rang in the Eshkol region, Ashkelon, and communities near Gaza.

Between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Iron Dome shot down at least two missiles over Ashdod, and sirens rang in Sderot, Sha’ar HaNegev, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Hof Ashkelon, Beit Raban, Gan Yavne, Kannot, Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, and the Eshkol region.

Since 12:00 p.m., have sounded once again in Sderot, the Eshkol region, the Shefelah, Ashkelon, Ashdod and S’dot HaNegev; rocket fire is also spreading northward, with sirens in Rehovot, Yavne, Zihron Ya’akov, Carmel, Haifa, and Menashe. At least two rockets have hit in Eshkol; no injuries or damage reported.

UPDATE: As of 3 PM Israel time, the IDF has resumed Operation Protective Edge.

Diplomatic officials said that the IDF actions, which came at 3:00 pm, six hours after Israel held its fire and responded positively to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, were the result of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rejecting the cease fire.

IAF aircraft began striking targets on Tuesday afternoon following the decision. The IDF stated that it would strike all “elements that are behind terrorist attacks on Israel.”

The rejection of the ceasefire by Hamas prompted Secretary of State John Kerry to blast the terrorist organization, “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports.”

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Yukio Ngaby | July 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

As others have suggested, Egypt’s proposal and Hamas’ rejection of it could isolate the Palestinians from the rest of the Arab world (in the short term, of course) and pave the way for much of the Mid-East’s acceptance of an Israeli ground war.

I can’t believe that Egypt seriously expected Hamas to accept the terms Cairo laid out. I wonder if Egypt’s proposal was really Cairo’s tacit approval for an Israeli offensive.

Uncle Samuel | July 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

Israel took fire from four sides during this latest uprising. Mark the origin of the rockets and destroy whatever is there with heavy artillery.

If the rockets do not stop – evacuate and clear all of Gaza and a no-inhabitants zone of 15 miles all around Israel.

Give the Islamists 30 days to move everything and everyone to Jordan and/or Saudi Arabia. Then create a safe-zone for 15 miles around Israel.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

    The Jordanians don’t want them. In September 1970, King Hussein turned the Arab Legion loose on the Palestinians and ran them the hell out of Jordan and into Lebanon, which they immediately dragged backward a 1000 years.

    As a side note, Arafat’s “Black September” terrorist organization was named for this ass-whipping by Jordan and not for something done by the Israelis.

      The Jordanians don’t want them? Tough luck. That’s the Jordanians’ problem. If they don’t want them, let them take care of them any way they like. Since they’re Arabs nobody will complain.

    sbdivemaster in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Gloves off! The violent pedophile worshipers prefer death over life – give them ALL what they want.

    In the end, it will be the only way to end the conflict.

    Saudi Arabia does not want them – they are Shia and backed by Iran.

    The place for them is UAE or even better QATAR.

The Muslim / Hamas / Hezbolla / ISIS, Al Queda, jihadist idea of ‘compromise for a cease fire’ is ‘Israel ceases to exist, and all Jews die, the entire middle east is transformed into an Islamic Caliphate like Mohammed said Allah told him it should be, then we’ll THINK about talking about further demands, like for the rest of the world’.

Not highly workable.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

“Cry havoc! And let slip Heyl Ha’Avir!”
Sorry, Shakespeare, I couldn’t let that one pass.

Only when they are pounded into dust will these “people” realize that if they cannot co-exist, they won’t exist at all.

Hamas is merely acting according to the terms of its Charter, which provides that any truce negotiated with Israel is the equivalent of an ultra-vires act.

“… no one can renounce it or part of it [Palestine], or abandon it or part of it. No Arab country nor the aggregate of all Arab countries, and no Arab King or President nor all of them in the aggregate, have that right, nor has that right any organization or the aggregate of all organizations, be they Palestinian or Arab, because Palestine is an Islamic Waqf throughout all generations and to the Day of Resurrection. “

Jane the Actuary | July 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Here’s a link to my summary of a book which proposes that Israel leave Gaza to its own devices (well, actually I don’t recall the specifics beyond my summary) and deal the West Bank separately, by incorporating the territory into Israeli jurisdiction.

Is she right with the West Bank? I don’t know. But it makes more and more sense to come to a separate solution for these two territories.

healthguyfsu | July 16, 2014 at 2:06 am

I feel like I’m watching that crazy TMZ-esque video of Beyonce’s relative (Hamas) attacking Jay Z (Israel) in an elevator.

Jay Z wants her to chill out and stop acting a fool. Crazy girl wants to provoke the bear. At some point, you just have to put the rabid b*tch in her place.