Unilateral ceasefire – Unilateral Folly

The Israeli soldiers who received the order to cease firing couldn’t understand why they weren’t allowed to finish the job.
The citizens of Sderot, Netivot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba and the other towns and villages of the western Negev and along the Gaza border whose lives have been made hell for the past eight years by Kassam rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip, couldn’t understand why the Israeli government didn’t allow the IDF to finish what it had started.
I sure as hell can’t understand why, on the basis of some vague American, European and Egyptian promises to "do all they could" to help prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza by the Hamas Islamofascists, the IDF has now totally withdrawn from Gaza!!!
Does anyone understand it?
Hamas continued firing rockets into Israel even after they themselves declared a "unilateral" ceasefire. That was to be expected. After all, in order to continue to lie to their own people about their great "victory", they had to be able to claim to have fired the final shot.
But for our troops not only to cease firing but also to withdraw, without some definite, enforceable arrangement for preventing the continued smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip – that is folly bordering on insanity.
And Hamas hasn’t wasted a minute. Today the last Israeli soldier left Gaza (well, the last except for Gilad Shalit, but that’s another story, for my next blog entry). And what was Hamas’ first prioritytoday?
Not to start rebuilding schools.
Not to start rebuilding hospitals.
Not to start rebuilding homes.
No, my friends. Their very first priority, today, as documented by Associated Press journalists, was to start rebuilding their weapons-smuggling tunnels.
                                            A Hamas weapons-smuggling tunnel
Because, for Hamas, and all the other Islamofascists, killing Jews is more important than laying the foundations of a Palestinian state.  Their whole raison d’etre is hatred. They don’t care for the Palestinian people. That’s just an excuse. And until the Palestinians recognise that fact – there will never be peace. Not for us – and not for them.

About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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