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Live Blog: IDF Pulls Out of Gaza as Ceasefire Begins

World  (tags: Israel, Hamas, ceasefire, US, UN, terror, rockets, Egypt )

- 1747 days ago -
Large rocket barrage from Gaza minutes before a ceasefire; US says burden on Hamas to keep truce; UN praises Egyptian-brokered lull; man killed, soldier injured as dual terror attacks strike Jerusalem; IDF says it has finished neutralizing Hamas tunnels.


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Miriam E (18)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:53 am
From the article:

As the 72-hour truce appears to hold, Israeli officials are set to head to Cairo for negotiations seeking to consolidate the ceasefire and permanently cease the hostilities between Israel and Hamas. “Israel will bring to these discussions our top priority, which is preventing Hamas from rearming,” a senior Israeli official tells The Times of Israel.

“Their military machine has been largely dismantled, their network of tunnels destroyed and their arsenal of rockets greatly depleted.” But Israel’s challenge now is to figure out how to demilitarize the Gaza Strip and prevent Hamas from rearming, the senior official says. “We believe that both regional and international cooperation can be effective in preventing Hamas from rearming.”

At this point Jerusalem’s exact demands are unclear, but it appears that the Israeli delegation in Cairo will highlight the “rehabilitation in exchange for demilitarization” formula. “Obviously, regional actors have a major role,” the senior official said, hinting that either Egypt or the Palestinian Authority, or both, should be put in charge of Gaza border crossings to make sure that no arms are smuggled into the strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to ease its blockade on Gaza in return for sustained quiet, the senior official says. “These restrictions are a function of the hostility and the violence. If the hostility and the violence were to cease it would give Israel room to move on the restrictions that are primarily there for security reasons.”

According to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal, “Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 2:37 am
This will be interesting to see how long this lasts!!

Stan B (123)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 2:45 am
I sincerely hope the IDF has done enough to teach the Hamas ratbags that attacking Israelis comes with a heavy price.
Time will tell but I'm not confident that this is the end of this problem.
Thanks Miriam.

Rahman Qureshi (27)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 2:57 am
I can appreciate Israel doing this, especially in light of all the global pressure against Israel (but not against terrorist Hamas!) Because Jew-hatred seems to be in fashion globally, no one cares to look at the Hamas Charter which clearly states the reason for the jihad against Israel in the first place. Here is an eye-opening excerpt from Article Seven of the Hamas Charter:

"the Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim)."

This means the whole reason for the existence of Hamas is to murder Jews! AND, this genocidal hatred of Jews comes DIRECTLY from Islamic doctrine over 1,000 years ago, waaaaaaaaayyyyyy before 1948!!!

Also concerning a ceasefire - based on Muhammad's "treaty" of Hudaybiyyah, rather his breaking of it, Muslims are allowed up to 10 years to fake a truce. What they do during this time is regroup and get ready to resume jihad.

Israel has been whopping Hamas really well, and that is why Hamas is willing to say "truce" or "peace" because they would be following the Qur'an in Sura 47:25. Hamas doesn't have the upper hand right now, so they can temporarily agree to "peace", but as the Qur'an says in this aya, they don't need to cry peace when they have the upper hand. In other words, when they regroup and are ready to resume jihad, that means the breaking of any truce because they would now have the upper hand.

Lastly, to go along with this upper hand when they are prepped to resume jihad, they will raid Israel they way Muhammad and his fellow terrorists raided the Jews at Khaybar - unexpectedly.

May Islam be condemned forever. Long live Israel and peace!


Beatrice B (112)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 3:43 am
Can only hope this truce will last. Depends on Hamas keeping its word-that's a laugh.

Shil O (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 5:31 am
"UN praises Egyptian-brokered lull"
The mohammedan oriented UN --- give us a song Banki

@ Rahman
"Israel has been whopping Hamas really well, and that is why Hamas is willing to say "truce" or "peace" because they would be following the Qur'an in Sura 47:25. Hamas doesn't have the upper hand right now, so they can temporarily agree to "peace", but as the Qur'an says in this aya, they don't need to cry peace when they have the upper hand. In other words, when they regroup and are ready to resume jihad, that means the breaking of any truce because they would now have the upper hand. "

Amazingly in the twentyfirst century this fact does not seem relevant to the delusionists,they still seem to think mohammadinism is a religion like Buddhism,Judaism,Christianity and all the other isms

What do you call people that revere a man who breaks his word, thieves,tortures,rapes,murders and has a penchant for young girls
"Reliable peace partners" is not a term that readily springs to mind

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 9:51 am
Hamas Covenant 1988 - The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement

Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

In other words the sole reason for Hamas and other similar terrorist groups to exist is for the destruction of Israel. Once that has happened then they will turn to conquer other non-Muslim controlled countries.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 12:02 pm
Islamic Ceasefires are ONLY for the opportunity to regroup and begin the fighting anew.

"Tactical Hudna and Islamist Intolerance"

Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:20 pm
For the sake of the is time for both sides to seriously get their act together.....thanks for sharing.

Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:31 pm
And to spread "hate" among that their motive?

Beth S (330)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:32 pm
"The Hamas Jihad against Israel

Hamas and Israel are going at it again, and we have the usual comments: "Well, Hamas started it! Well, the Israelis are harming too many Hamas!" And so it goes, back and forth. I would like to stop and take an entirely new look at the Israeli war problem and look at it from an entirely different angle.

The answer is jihad.

If we step back and look at the whole globe, it's not just Israel that's involved in jihad. Jihad is everywhere across the globe. That is the global perspective!

Now some people are talking; they talk about the year 1948 when Israel was formed, and that the creation of Israel in the heart of the Middle East is the problem.

The year 1948 is not the problem. The problem started in the year 622, in Medina. When Mohammed moved to Medina it was half Jewish. Two years later it was "judenrein", cleansed of the Jews. That is when the problem started with the Jews, not in 1948 but in the year 622. So, instead of looking at this year, I'm looking at a 1400 year view of history.

Another thing, if we replaced every Jew in Israel with a Hindu and Buddhist, it wouldn't make any difference. The jihad would still go on because, you see, the Hindu and Buddhist are Kafir. And that's the real problem. That Jews are simply the most hated of Kafirs, but Israel is only one of them.

Who is the enemy of Hamas? You say Israel. Wrong again. The enemy of Hamas is every Kafir nation. It just happens that Israel is at the top,
So, what we need here is to stop and take a look at a new strategy based on the reality of Islam. It should go like this: all Kafir nations should be united against Hamas and all other Islamic nations which choose to harm a Kafir nation; a very big view.

Here is another thing: people talk about: "Well they need to come up with a peace treaty." People who talk like that don't know anything about Islam and its attitude towards treaties. No treaty in Islam is worth more than 10 years; that would violate the Sharia.

And the other problem with the treaty is that according to the sharia, as soon as Hamas become strong enough it is supposed attack again. So a treaty with an Islamic organization has no meaning.

Now then, what we need is a doctrine of war that seeks to defeat. Right now the whole attempt is, "well could we just get Hamas and Israel to tie?. No, we need to have a win. And the way to win is: don't negotiate; use massive force and maximum punishment; and then when you punished enough, leave and tell them "If you hurt us again we'll come back and give you more punishment."

Now that may sound cruel, but it is based upon Islamic war doctrine. Islam is to support only one view of positiveness towards any Kafir, and that is if the Kafir can be overwhelmingly powerful they will respect them. They won't like them, but at least they will respect them. So we need overwhelming power, and we need awareness of the fact that this is jihad, and is part of a world problem not an Israel problem."

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Hilary S (65)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 6:42 pm
hamas is fuelled by hatred. israel s a handy target for that.
here's hoping enough of that network of those tunnels are full of sufficient reinforced concrete to render the whole labyrinth useless.

S J (124)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 7:28 pm
sadly noted. thanks

Carol J (26)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 11:21 pm
Thanks for sharing
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