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Saudi Arabia, Egypt Threaten Israel With Punitive Measures as IDF Clamps Down on Hamas Terrorist Leadership Hiding in Rafah

Saudi Arabia, Egypt Threaten Israel With Punitive Measures as IDF Clamps Down on Hamas Terrorist Leadership Hiding in Rafah

Cairo threatens to suspend the 1979 Egypt–Israel peace treaty signed in Camp David.

As the Israeli armed forces gear up to capture the last major terrorist stronghold of Rafah in southern Gaza with the aim of annihilating Hamas’ Gaza-based leadership and liberating the hostages, the Biden administration, European governments, and Arab regimes are exerting enormous pressure on Israel to halt the military operation.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the two most powerful Arab states, are threatening to unleash punitive measures against Jerusalem as the Israeli military is posed to capture Rafah, the southernmost part of Gaza, along the Egyptian border, thereby cutting off Hamas’ sole escape and weapons supply route.

“Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry warned Saturday of “very serious repercussions of storming and targeting” the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip,” CNN reported Sunday.

Cairo is threatening to suspend the Egypt–Israel peace treaty signed in 1979. “Egypt is threatening to suspend its peace treaty with Israel if Israeli troops are sent into the densely populated Gaza border town of Rafah,” CNBC reported Sunday, citing Egyptian and Western officials.

“The threat to suspend the Camp David Accords, a cornerstone of regional stability for nearly a half-century, came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said sending troops into Rafah was necessary to win the four-month war against the Palestinian militant group Hamas.” the broadcaster added.

The Biden administration joined the chorus of the United Nations, the European Union, and European nations, telling Israel to halt the military operation as Hamas’ Gaza-based leadership faces total annihilation if it fails to surrender and release the renaming Israeli hostages languishing in captivity for more than five months since the October 7 terror attacks.

“Biden and officials with the United Nations have warned that an Israeli military ground offensive in Rafah,” the Guardian newspaper noted Saturday. “Biden’s national security adviser John Kirby has said the US would not be in favor of any assault on Rafah without due consideration of civilians.”

Germany’s state-run DW TV on Sunday reported the European pressure mounting on Israel:

“The people in Gaza cannot disappear into thin air,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wrote on X, formerly Twitter, urging a ceasefire and adding that an Israeli offensive on Rafah would be a “humanitarian catastrophe in the making.”

Her British colleague David Cameron also said he was “[d]eeply concerned about the prospect of a military offensive in Rafah — over half of Gaza’s population are sheltering in the area.”

“The priority must be an immediate pause in the fighting to get aid in and hostages out,” he added. (…)

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned that an Israeli offensive on Rafah “would lead to an unspeakable humanitarian catastrophe and grave tensions with Egypt.”

“Resuming negotiations to free hostages and suspend hostilities is the only way to avert a bloodshed,” Borrell posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Despite mainstream media commentators telling Israel to roll back the Gaza counter-terrorism offensive and negotiate with the butchers of October 7 to seek the release of nearly 130 hostages, the IDF’s strategy of dismantling Hamas is bearing fruit.

The IDF on Saturday rescued two hostages in a daring overnight operation. The military revealed that “during a joint IDF, ISA, and Israel Police operation in Rafah, overnight, two Israeli hostages were rescued, Fernando Simon Marman (60) and Louis Har (70), who were kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization on October 7th from Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak.”

The rescued hostages were “in good medical condition, and were transferred for medical examination at the Sheba Tel Hashomer hospital,” the IDF further disclosed.

The Israeli TV channel i24NEWS reported additional details of the rescue operation:

Israeli special forces overnight rescued two hostages, brothers-in-law Fernando Merman (60) and Luis Har (70), during a complex targeted operation in Rafah, southern Gaza.

The men were kidnapped from Nir Itzhak on October 7, a kibbutz on the Gaza border, along with 3 other family members. Both are said to be in a good health condition.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, the former hostages were transferred to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv for medical examination and necessary treatment, including psychological support.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari gave a morning press briefing and revealed details of the operation, dubbed “Golden Hand,” saying it had been prepared for a long time.

The freed hostages have been reunited with their families. They appear to be malnourished after 157 days of captivity, the relative of the hostages indicate.

The Times of Israel reported:

A relative of the two hostages freed in an overnight operation in Gaza says that the men have lost a lot of weight during their four months in captivity.

“For days they were hungry,” the unnamed relative tells the Ynet news site, adding that they came back “very weak.”

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JohnSmith100 | February 12, 2024 at 9:09 am

Israel should stay the course while offering to allow Egypt and Saudi Arabia to take in Pale civilians.

Unfortunately, Muslims and Israel are playing chicken.

This is scary!


 
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mailman | February 12, 2024 at 9:16 am

I suspect Biden is lurking in the background forcing Egypts hand.

Not sure about the Saudis though? Are they trying to save face??


     
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    broomhandle in reply to mailman. | February 12, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    I think Egypt actually really wants Israel to finish Hamas and to secure that border. Egypt lives in fear of Hamas because they can incite the Muslim Brotherhood to attack the regime in Egypt.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to broomhandle. | February 12, 2024 at 10:36 pm

      What Egypt really doesn’t want, and is trying its best to threaten Israel into ensuring doesn’t happen, is for residents of the Strip to flood over the border into Egyptian territory. They don’t want them there under any circumstances. They’d secretly rather see Israel kill them all rather than have them set up shop on its territory.


     
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    ConradCA in reply to mailman. | February 13, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    They should be demanding that Hamas surrender to Israel in order to end this war.


 
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The Gentle Grizzly | February 12, 2024 at 9:29 am

I thought Egypt and SA were making nice with Israel these days. Showing their true colors, or, being pressured?


     
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    healthguyfsu in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 12, 2024 at 10:37 am

    Peace is bad for business


     
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    TargaGTS in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 12, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    Important to keep in mind that they have their own ‘street’ to think about, particularly Egypt. Whatever the leadership of the two respective nations think about Israel and Hamas, they can’t for a moment be seen by their own population to be even remotely supportive of Israel or critical of Hamas.

    Large throngs of Muslim are always on the knife-edge of murder & mayhem.


       
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      BierceAmbrose in reply to TargaGTS. | February 12, 2024 at 11:06 pm

      This: “…they have their own ‘street’ to think about, particularly Egypt.”

      The Saudis have to fix their position with their ‘street’ after Brandon’s admin placed them as supporting Israel a couple weeks ago.


     
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    Dimsdale in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 12, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    Why aren’t they asking Hamas to release the remaining hostages, which would surely go a long way towards alleviating the pressure to invade?

    Apparently, and as usual, only Israel is being asked to bend.


       
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      CommoChief in reply to Dimsdale. | February 12, 2024 at 4:33 pm

      Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia almost certainly are telling Hamas to do that behind the scenes. Both Nations have lots of radicals though their leadership class is relatively moderate/reasonable (so long as their own hold on power isn’t threatened…then they get very vigorous) Don’t forget bin Ladin was Saudi or the Muslim Brotherhood is Egyptian. They gotta deal with those sorts of yahoos living amongst them so a lot of their public positions like this one are basically a croc of crap but designed to pacify the domestic yahoos.


     
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    rebelgirl in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 12, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    pressured for sure

    Historically Muslim states have made nicer towards Israel as a way to court America.

    Think that will win Biden’s favor today?

    Why invite your overthrow by a population that detests and despises Jews and feels their extermination is a divinely mandated thing if the reward is the U.S. Government will be mad at you?


 
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guyjones | February 12, 2024 at 9:40 am

The intrinsic supremacism, totalitarianism, belligerence towards Jews, Christians, Hindus and other non-Muslims, and, innumerable pathologies of the wretched ideology of “Submission” will always come to the fore, given sufficient time.

If Israel must stand alone against Muslim supremacism, terrorism and Islamofascism, without the help of a shamefully and indefensibly feckless, emasculated, stupid and obsequious western dhimmi/Dhimmi-crat leadership, it must do so — for its survival, and, the survival of its people.


     
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    paracelsus in reply to guyjones. | February 12, 2024 at 10:41 am

    Not just Israel and the diaspora, but all “Christians, Hindus and other non-Muslims … must stand against Muslim supremacism, terrorism and Islamofascism or be converted or eradicated.”


       
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      guyjones in reply to paracelsus. | February 12, 2024 at 11:59 am

      Yes — this is true. All free peoples of non-Muslim faiths must unite against the existential threat of Muslim supremacism, totalitarianism, belligerence and Islamofascism. That’s the stark reality that the utterly feckless, naive, gullible and delusional European, leftist dhimmis and American Dhimmi-crats refuse to acknowledge.

“Cairo is threatening to suspend the Egypt–Israel peace treaty signed in 1979.”

BFD.

It never meant much anyway. Besides, only fools take/believe the word of a Muslim.


     
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    slagothar in reply to fscarn. | February 12, 2024 at 11:03 am

    If Egypt cancels the peace treaty, Israel should “remove” the Egypt / Gaza border fence to give those palis they support so much somewhere to retreat.


       
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      PostLiberal in reply to slagothar. | February 12, 2024 at 12:22 pm

      Indeed. Egypt has previously informed Israel that Israel’s permitting Gazans to enter into Egypt would constitute a reason to break the 1979 peace treaty. If Egypt breaks the 1979 peace treaty because of Israel’s continued hostilities in Rafah, Israel should open the border to Egypt. If Egypt starts to kill Gazans entering Egypt to flee the war in Rafah, that’s on Egypt’s hands.

      Like a previous commenter said, they’re playing Chicken.


       
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      JohnSmith100 in reply to slagothar. | February 12, 2024 at 12:47 pm

      While the idea is appealing, Egypt made it clear the would kill any Pales who tried to enter. I wonder why? Other Arabs care for Pales as long as they do not have to deal with them.


       
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      Conservative Beaner in reply to slagothar. | February 12, 2024 at 1:03 pm

      If they suspend the treaty then the Sinai returns to Iraeli control. Let the Egyptians suck on that.


         
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        Milhouse in reply to Conservative Beaner. | February 12, 2024 at 10:47 pm

        No, it doesn’t. They’re not handing it back voluntarily. Israel would have to go to war with Egypt to retake it, and it would have no support from anyone, since it belongs to Egypt.

        It may eventually have to come to that, but it’s not something any sane Israeli government would choose, especially now when it’s already got two enemies to deal with.

        Giving it back to Egypt in the first place was a huge mistake; any benefit Israel has got from the “peace” treaty haven’t come even close to the value of what it gave away.

        So Israelis may eventually end up singing את שארם אל שיך נחזור אליך שלישית, וזה הפעם נשאר לתמיד (“Oh, Sharam-al-Sheikh, we’ll come back to you for the third time, and this time we’re staying forever”)


     
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    henrybowman in reply to fscarn. | February 12, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    Bingo. So easily solved — Egypt should allow Gazans over the border for “humanitarian reasons.” If they’re not willing to do that, their objections can’t be taken seriously.

The fact that all these western and arab nations demand Israel stand down instead of demanding hamas stand down speaks volumes.


     
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    guyjones in reply to LB1901. | February 12, 2024 at 10:38 am

    It speaks volumes about what the Arab Muslim “Street” represents, which is now, and, always has been, unmitigated Jew-hate and hostility towards Israel, derived from typical, intrinsic Islamic supremacism and belligerence towards Jews and other non-Muslims, of course, but also actively incited and fomented by Arab leadership, to distract the Muslim Street from the self-inflicted misery, poverty and oppression that predictably result, wherever Islamic rule is governing.

I’ve seen pictures of the wall Egypt built along its border with Gaza. Why did they do that?

They did it because of repeated terrorist attacks coming across that border.

Nobody is telling Hamas to back down, return the hostages, and renounce terrorism.

Israel needs to take this to unconditional surrender. Otherwise, it will be just another hudna, with the whole world paying for more terrorist arms and child abuse.


 
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Whitewall | February 12, 2024 at 10:07 am

This will separate the ‘good Muslims’ from the bad ones. Israel should press on. Hamas would if it was the other way around.


     
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    gonzotx in reply to Whitewall. | February 12, 2024 at 10:14 am

    Good Muslims?

    Yeah, right


       
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      henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | February 12, 2024 at 12:28 pm

      I wish Danny were here to make this all much clearer.
      I fear he has gotten lost in the maze of classified stacks in Joe Biden’s basement.


         
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        guyjones in reply to henrybowman. | February 12, 2024 at 12:59 pm

        It’s fitting that Danny has fallen silent and has skulked away. He and his ilk can’t proffer any substantive, coherent or convincing rebuttal to the European dhimmis’ and American Dhimmi-crats’ indefensible, feckless, morally bankrupt and plain evil dhimmitude and obsequious pandering to Muslim supremacists, terrorist supporters and Islamofascists.

        I always would fairly castigate Danny for his misplaced and infantile pique over my use of the word “Dhimmi-crats,” to fairly describe the American Left’s servile deference to, and, enabling of Muslim supremacism and Jew-hate, noting that he showed more outrage out of that fair and accurate moniker, than he ever did over the Dhimmi-crats brazen and indefensible enabling of Jew-hate and Jew-haters.


           
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          Danny in reply to guyjones. | February 12, 2024 at 2:56 pm

          You really have nothing better to do than wonder why someone you never met doesn’t comment on everything?


           
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          guyjones in reply to guyjones. | February 12, 2024 at 4:16 pm

          You’re such a transparently infantile and dim-witted agitator, Danny.

          As far as having “better things to do,” I’ll continue to speak my mind as I see fit, and, that includes castigating you for your dim-witted Dhimmitude.

          I’ll spend my time as I see fit — you can piss off and do whatever it is you do in your miserable life.


         
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        JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | February 12, 2024 at 3:37 pm

        Does Danny =Thad Jarvis = JR?


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 10:15 am

courtesy of fjb


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 10:37 am

Europe/Americas DEDICATION to all things PLO Hamas etc

look it up

Belgian Ministry for Development Cooperation

of course called

“Humanitarian Aide”


     
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    JohnSmith100 in reply to destroycommunism. | February 12, 2024 at 3:46 pm

    Does Danny =Thad Jarvis = JR?
    We have all seen how humanitarian aid has been used. There should not be any more aid, no cement, no food, no water, no fuel. Allow then to live in tents setup on rubble until they are begging for forgiveness.


 
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scooterjay | February 12, 2024 at 10:39 am

Diversity is a lie to disrupt natural selection, therefore allowing man to create his own understanding.

It has no course but chaos and disorder.


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 10:41 am

go take a look at this

he-man of a communist nature who is in charge of antisemitism in europe

Caroline Gennez (Dutch pronunciation: [kɑroːˈlin ʒəˈneː]; 21 August 1975) is a Belgian socialist politician who has been serving as the Minister of Development Cooperation and Urban Policy in the De Croo Government since December 2022.[1] She is a former chairwoman of the Socialist Party – Different (SP.A) in Flanders.

    As you rightly point out, a great majority of the EU leadership are “doctrinaire Marxists” with only slight variations in policy..

    Former EU foreign minister Baroness Catherine Ashton was the cutout used by the Davos/Obama P5+1 Iran “no-paper” deal with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to both normalize trade relations and give them the Bomb. Obama essentially granted her plenipotentiary power to negotiate a deal our senate should handle.

    This from 2014 –

    https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4475646,00.html

    The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Saturday she was “deeply concerned” by what she said were “illegal” Israeli plans for more than 1,800 new settler homes.

    “I was deeply concerned to hear the latest announcement by the Israeli authorities to advance settlement plans once more,” Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

    She added the settlements were “illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make the two-state solution impossible.”


       
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      Tiki in reply to Tiki. | February 12, 2024 at 11:40 am

      Of course, we’ve no record of the closed door “one on one” conversations between Ashton and Zarif that took place in those sequestered meetings- and the particulars contained in the “deal,” since it was a “no-paper” deal.

      Which was the whole point of the thing.

      WEF and Obama got what it wanted by hook and crook.


       
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      JohnSmith100 in reply to Tiki. | February 12, 2024 at 1:02 pm

      There should not be any state except Israel. There are so may Jews who will need to move to Palestine in the future. This area should be their home.


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 10:46 am

fjb allows the invasion of america

while denouncing israels right to prevent the invasion of their country

the plohamasblm crowd has not been well received by anyyyy country

even their so called friends

there is a reason for that

history says that they refuse to assimilate into a civilized society

If Hamas surrendered today, all the civilians they claim to want to protect would be saved from that operation. Demand that.

I wonder how many tunnels the Egyptians have under the border to Rafah supply Hamas?


     
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    scooterjay in reply to venril. | February 12, 2024 at 11:12 am

    Considering the amount of money flowing out of the ground one can only surmise how much has been returned to the dirt to create a hidden infrastructure.
    The earthquake will be horrible.


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 11:22 am

the demented one continues with the omarian takeover:

The questions and criticism Mangi faced during both the December hearing and Thursday’s related largely to events hosted by Rutgers Law School’s Center for Security, Race and Rights. Mangi served on an advisory board to the center from 1999 to 2023.
Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas on Thursday objected to what he said were “anti-Israel, antisemitic” stances taken by that center and said that given Mangi’s role with it, he was “troubled by this nominee’s views on a number of issues, chief among them terrorism and antisemitism.”
Senate Republicans at the December hearing had questioned him about statements made by the center’s director, Sahar Aziz, supporting Palestinians and describing Israel as a “settler-colonial state” and a 2021 event the center hosted on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack featuring controversial speakers.

Egypt- If you destroy our proxies for war on you, we will cancel our peace treaty.

This bit from the 2014 Iran Project:

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission issued as statement on Sunday expressing concerns that the Zionist regime’s […]

https://www.theiranproject.com/en/news/76954/ashton-deplores-israel痴-new-settlement-projects


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 12:53 pm

houston shoooter id as

free palestine lefty nutjob

if this had happened in a blue state they probably wouldnt have released THOSE FACTS

STILL WAITING ON TRANS MANIFESTO HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC BY OURRRR GOVERNMENT


 
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destroycommunism | February 12, 2024 at 1:03 pm

they are saying he was a he before she was a she


 
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Virginia42 | February 12, 2024 at 2:01 pm

The Egyptians are playing chicken, as noted. They really, really, really don’t want any Paleostinians (for obvious reasons). That’s the true motive for this behavior (plus whatever idiocy they administration is pushing on them).


 
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BierceAmbrose | February 12, 2024 at 11:11 pm

Glad to stop if you dismantle Hamas now, and ensure humanitarian aid goes for humanitarian aid hereafter.

No need to worry about enforcement. We’ll just even up 1:1 — parity, no? — on rockets lofted into Israel. We’ll aim for Cairo.


 
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BierceAmbrose | February 12, 2024 at 11:37 pm

Must be Israel is about to win, n change the lay of the board. Can’t have that.


 
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Roughman | February 13, 2024 at 7:44 am

Israel is doing what must be done.
No Islamic country is worth the powder it would take to blow them halfway to Hell.
No matter what is said, it is the goal of Islam to conquer the World.
Read it’s own statements…

Why is NO ONE demanding Hamas surrender, and put an end to this once and for all?
They were the Aggressor and this their unconditional surrender should be elementary, just as Hermany’s and Japan’s were in WWII.
That is the most telling aspect of all these supposed negotiations.

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