Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No Peace Deal: Gaza Militants Defy Ceasefire With Iran's Support

Predictably, we are now able to see Iran's influence in the region becoming more clear:

Tuesday, July 15, Hamas fired 20 rockets from the Gaza Strip in the three hours after the ceasefire proposed by Egypt was due to go into effect at 9.a.m., after flatly rejecting it. The Israeli security cabinet did endorse Cairo’s proposal to mediate the conflict with the Palestinian extremists, but warned that if they continued to fire rockets, Israel would hit back with “all possible force.”  
In Cairo, Hamas official Mussa Abu Marzuk took responsibility for eight of the post-“truce” rockets, most of which landed on Ashdod, slightly injuring one woman. Iron Dome intercepted four.

The first rockets hit Eshkol before 9.30, soon to be followed by a steady stream at Sderot, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Shear Hanegev, Gan Yavneh and Eshkol. As the Hamas official spoke, a rocket hit Netivot and Israel TV reporters at Shear Hanegev interrupted their broadcast and scurried to safety in a shelter.

At 12:30 p.m. Rehovot, Ness Ziona and Kibbutz Givat Brenner were targeted, then sirens blared on Mt. Carmel, in Haifa, Zichron Yaakov and Ain Hashofet and at 13.05 p.m. in the inland towns.

And the day was still young.

 It was obvious from the first that the Egyptian bid to enforce a comprehensive truce before summoning the parties to Cairo to discuss a substantial deal - on the lines published Monday night in Cairo - had no legs. It was artificially cobbled together by Israel and Egypt with no reference to the initial aggressor, Hamas and its pro-Iranian ally Jihad Islami. Had they been consulted, some sort of dialogue might have developed and led to a bilateral ceasefire, however fragile.

According to our sources in Washington, the real reason the White House pulled Kerry out of another certain fiasco in the nick of time was incoming intelligence that Tehran had ordered its Palestinian pawn Jihad Islami to ignore the ceasefire and keep on shooting from Gaza.

 This left Hamas no option but to follow suit.
The Obama administration was also advised of that hand behind the trickle of rockets fired this week from Lebanon and Syria at Western Galilee and the Golan. It was the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, PFLP-General Command, whose chief Ahmed Jibril has made his organization an operational branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Al Qods Brigades.

Israeli spokesmen have carefully refrained from putting these incidents together, all leading to Tehran, and inferring a well-orchestrated master plan afoot against the Jewish state that would not be put off by an unsustainable truce.

According to the IDF, at least 35 rockets have been fired on Israel since 9:00 am Tuesday, when an Egyptian-brokered truce was meant to come into effect. A direct hit was scored on a house in Ashdod but no one was injured. Two rockets were intercepted around 1:00 p.m. over the Shefelah coastal plain region.
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., sirens 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. 
Since 1:00 p.m., sirens have sounded in Shefelah and in Ashdod. 

At around 11:20 am, Code Red sirens blared through Ashkelon, Sderot, Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Rockets exploded in the yard of an Ashdod house causing damage to the structure, and in Sha'ar HaNegev, causing damage to a chicken coop. Several people were treated for shock in Ashdod. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket fire to Ashdod. The Iron Dome intercepted at least 6 rockets in this barrage.

Contrary to the opinion of some senior Israeli officials, Hamas doesn’t seem to be in a panic or on the verge of collapse. Far from it: Most people who come into contact with Hamas these days are under the impression that the organization doesn’t want to stop the fighting without a significant achievement.
What could constitute a significant achievement?
A senior Hamas member said his organization will insist upon the release of those former prisoners who were set free under the Gilad Shalit deal but then rearrested after the abduction and killing of three Israel teenagers in June. In Israel they won’t rush to accept that idea.

In the meantime, Israel is cementing its own position. The gist of the messages passed from Jerusalem to various emissaries traveling along the Tel Aviv-Cairo-Doha line was that Israel has no intention of agreeing to a ceasefire that won’t guarantee the removal of existing rockets from Gaza and an end to Hamas’s ability to manufacture new ones.
It is hard to imagine a scenario wherein Hamas would agree to such a condition. And even if it did agree, it is doubtful that it would last for long – and therein, perhaps, lies the biggest problem: Without a significant change in the reality in the south, it will only be a matter of time before the next round of fighting in Gaza.

Israel’s cabinet said Tuesday morning it would accept an Egyptian proposal for a ceasfire with Hamas, after seven days of fighting, but Hamas was quick to reject the offer, resuming rocket salvos across the country. Earlier, two rockets hit the city of Eilat at Israel’s southernmost tip on Monday night, lightly injuring four people in the first attack on the city since the Gaza campaign began. In Gaza, Israeli attacks overnight brought the death toll in the Palestinian enclave to 192. The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Tuesday.(Monday’s liveblog is here.)

‘If Hamas rejects truce, Israel is free to act’

Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri tells Ynet that “we are not looking for wars and conflict, but if someone answers the Israeli government’s clear signals with missile fire, he assumes an extremely heavy responsibility upon himself and on his citizens.”
The former Shin Bet head also indicates that if Hamas rejects the ceasefire, “the State of Israel is free to act with almost no limits.”

Turkish PM accuses Israel of ‘state terrorism’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Israel of committing “state terrorism” in its deadly air offensive on Gaza, his latest tirade of criticism against the policies of the Jewish state.
“Israel is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region. Nobody, except us, tells it to stop,” Erdogan tells members of his ruling party in parliament, accusing Israel of perpetrating a “massacre” of Palestinians. “To what extent will the world remain silent to this state terrorism?”

Israel accepted an Egyptian-backed proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas early Tuesday morning, agreeing to stop its raids on targets in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a halt in rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

However, the proposal was quickly rejected by Hamas as “not acceptable.”

A diplomatic official in Jerusalem said that Israel would “respond forcefully” should Hamas reject the deal and continue firing rockets.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said the Palestinian group rejected the proposal.
Abu Zuhri told The Associated Press that “this proposal is not acceptable.”
Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, rejected the offer as “surrender,” pledging to “intensify” its attacks on Israel.

Palestinian rockets have regularly inflicted psychological terror and disrupted commerce in Israel, rather than militarily causing physical injury to many Israelis. The launching of a Syrian made Khaibar-1 rocket on July 8th that nearly reached Haifa means that no Israeli target is now out of rocket range from Gaza. 

The July 8th missile that struck the coastal town Hadera -- 30 miles north of Tel Aviv and 70 miles from the Gaza Strip -- was a Khaibar-1 rocket (also known as M-302t). According to NBC, Israeli Defense Forces Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said “We understand that there are several other tens of these rockets within the Gaza Strip that can potentially reach that long distance.”

Commandos discovered under a cargo of bags of Iranian cement, crates filled with M-302 heavy rockets. The M-302s were built in Syria and have a range of between 65 to 130 miles depending on the number of rocket sections configured.

This advance gave Hamas the ability to reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Dimona. Since Hamas was unable to launch in large numbers in a “blizzard,” they could not threaten to overwhelm IDF defenses and cause large numbers of Israeli casualties. But the Fajr-5 gave Hamas the ability to disrupt commerce in the major Israeli cities as people constantly sought bomb shelters when air raid sirens sounded.

Also see:

 Representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHRC, are “intensely discussing in meetings” the possibility of extending U.N. protection to the thousands of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border with Mexico illegally by defining them as “refugees” who are seeking asylum from political and domestic violence in their home nations, WND has confirmed.

Officials privy to the U.N. discussions have explained to WND it’s “a tricky situation,” because the Central American immigrants are not part of any group the U.N. has designated as victims of political or religious persecution.

A UNHCR official confirmed Monday to WND via email that a 10-nation meeting in Nicaragua of ministers of the interior from the U.S., Mexico and various Central American countries was held Thursday and Friday.

The ministers, according to preliminary reports obtained by WND, concluded the Central American illegal aliens are “refugees” deserving international protection under the auspices of the U.N. as they seek asylum in the U.S. The ministers cited the U.N.’s 30-year-old declaration on the rights of refugees.
Attending the meeting were UNHRC representatives, as well as representatives of SICA, the El Salvador-headquartered non-government organization known in English as Central American Integration System. The group was endorsed by the U.N. General Assembly in a resolution Dec. 10, 1993, to create regional bodies and institutions authorized to interact with the U.N. officially in an effort to unify Central American states politically and economically.
On Monday, the UNHRC in Colombia notified WND the U.N. would issued a press release Tuesday afternoon on last week’s 10-nation meeting in Nicaragua, after receiving comments from SICA and the host country.


Mrs.C said...

Agree Brother, no surprise about Iran. They have for example had their top military leaders take over Hezbollah military maneuvers, back in 2009! Openly, unabashedly!

Bibi can always count on saying yes to "talks" with the paly's, knowing full well the paly's will never agree. As for this latest "truce so we can resupply" by the terrorists, their hatred for Gods People, His Land will never stop, and there is no "truce".

God in His coming Judgement of them, says it very clearly how they are... "vengeance" "despiteful heart" "for the old hatred"
Ezekiel 25:15
15 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

Mrs.C said...

Detailed article, but just a couple of quotes that state the Security Cabinets objective.They said yes to the "truce", knowing full well that the terrorists wouldnt comply. That gave them cover to shut up the world complaining. It now gives them a green light to do what ever they want, shut down tunnels, disarm the terrorists etc.

"The security cabinet also decided to launch an international campaign aimed at dismantling Hamas' rocket stockpiles, and closing the tunnels inside Gaza."

"The officials said the ceasefire does not include any conditions, and rolls back the situation to where it was before Operation Protective Edge was launched last week. For instance, there is no Israeli agreement to release Hamas members, freed in the Gilad Schalit exchange but re-arrested in the West Bank following the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens last month.

Israel also gave no commitment, as Hamas was demanding, regarding opening border crossings into the Gaza Strip."

"Israel accepts Egyptian ceasefire initiative to stop Gaza hostilities"

Mrs.C said...

Its 2:00am in Israel.
Whew! INCOMING TO GAZA! Live on the web cam, Israel is REALLY stepping up...the high pitched sound of their missiles...then the explosions in Gaza, columns of smoke...they are pounding the terrorists...

Waterer said...

Are they Israeli rockets or Hamas with Israel's Iron Dome making the explosions as they stop the rockets ?

Scott said...

I think she's talking about something else, but all the footage I have seen from the news - is the multiple explosions from the Iron Dome doing its thing (which is really amazing to watch - especially when considering how many lives it may have saved) by hitting the incoming missiles...Having said all of that, it sounds like she (MrsC) is seeing Israeli missiles hitting gaza targets

Waterer said...

Yes Scott, that's what I was seeing too. I tried finding the live webcam but the one I found looked like a sleeping town at dawn. Would love to know her link.
Sad for children tonight all over that area.

Mrs.C said...

Waterer, Mr C & I were watching the live cams. The cams are live,not recorded, showing different areas: the city of Gaza, and the border between Israel and Gaza. What we saw yesterday evening, was Gaza being attacked by Israel. Israel really let loose on them. You can see in Gaza, red flares go up (probably Israeli commandos inside Gaza), then the artillery rounds come in and destroy targets with loud explosions,followed by huge columns of smoke.

Mrs.C said...

All is quite for right now, just the sound of traffic, birds etc. Here are the links again :)
On the first link, they are "live" when indicated on the bottom right corner of the screen says "live" in red, like right now. There is also a counter, on the left bottom showing how many are currently viewing. Yesterday night it shot up to almost 2k.


The second live cam is Reuters. They put up a "be back soon" kinda message when its not live.
Right now they are live.


Mrs.C said...

Take that back...not quiet...Israel just attacked Gaza again...smoke columns...

Waterer said...

Thank you Mrs. C.