Well, that didn’t last long. About an hour ago, one of my Facebook friends from the south of Israel reported hearing air-raid sirens. I hurried to turn on the TV and discovered that there was, indeed, a Code Red alert in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council area. The rockets fired from Gaza this time apparently fell short and landed in “Palestinian” territory, but it appears that the so-called ceasefire, to which Israel is adhering, never really took hold on the “Palestinian” side, since 13 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since last night, when the “ceasefire” was supposed to take effect.

No wonder Hamas is touting this as a “victory”.


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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15 Responses to “Ceasefire”???

  1. CATachresis says:

    It is happening all over again!!! Ludicrous! BBC reported this morning that the ceasefire was holding despite the fact that some rockets were fired from Gaza over night! Are they demented? What they meant was, Israel wasn’t defending herself!! Beggars belief!

    • I guess that’s what they mean by “ceasefire”. We cease and they fire 😦

      • Silke says:

        In a complicated tricky way this behaviour is good at convincing MSM-consuming Westerners to make allowances for Hamas who try so hard to keep their radicals in check and get so little credit for it.

        At least that’s how Arafat was sold to me during the time when I didn’t actively read news (i.e. mostly just what came in the car radio during commuting to and from work etc.)

        (I got romantically infected with Israel at the latest in 1953 and MSM never managed to make a dent into that but until early 2006 when Israel Lobby was published in the LRB I was made to see the other side as largely helpless and thus in a way innocent.)

      • Pati says:

        Les cessez le feu sont comme les reconnaissances des états.. quand l’une des deux parties en présence s’avère être Israël, c’est toujours unilatéral…..

  2. David Allon says:

    I also feel that for Israel the agreed ceasefire was not a good conclusion of the operation… but… peace with Egypt came after the “won” the Yom Kipur war. They “won” it by having Israeli forces on the 101km milestone of the highway to Cairo and by having their 3rd army surrounded by Israeli forces. So maybe from this Hamas “victory” will come something good. I can only hope for that.

  3. Pati says:

    Bibi était tout à fait conscient du fait que le hamas ne ferait pas de cessez le feu !! je crois qu’il est un fin stratège.. il avait besoin du soutien des usa, et de la justification par la preuve des mauvaises volontés du hamas et de ses alliés…..
    je crois qu’il envisage une attaque vers l’Iran, et vu ce qui vient de se passer, les Usa ne peuvent que soutenir Israel……..
    je crois qu’il est venu en France pour ça.. pour prévenir.. mais bon.. Hollande est un stupide politique, et il n’a rien compris…..

  4. Chrissie says:

    It’s always that way! Israel brokers a cease fire in good faith and adheres to it, meanwhile, Hamas, et al., proceed to rain fire down upon Israel. Of course, Hamas will claim rogue elements responsible or some such nonsense. As long as Israel is surrounded by enemies, nothing “good” will ever come from a cease fire, except a chance for Hamas to regroup. I do wonder if this latest action against Israel was more a test of Israel’s Iron Dome defense than anything else.

  5. Daniel Marks says:

    It was like going out for a steak, but buying a falafel on the way there instead. We didn’t get that much and we aren’t feeling too satisfied, but then, it didn’t cost too much either.

    I’ll tell you two good things that came out of this war:

    1. Our hasbara kicked ass! That’s a first. Sometimes our case was made so well that even we began to believe it.

    2. This is the first “war” I remember when the majority of citizens wanted to continue, but the government stopped. The reservists were furious about not being allowed into Gaza. The thought that so many people want to get you and only Bibi is holding them back must be quite scary.

    Funnily enough, the older I get, the more I enjoy a good falafel.

    • Shalom and welcome, Daniel!

      About the steak and the falafel – I think I’d go for the middle ground. Shawarma 😉

      • Silke says:

        It popped up just once in German hourly news i.e. that Turkey aka Davutoglu is making friendly noises towards Israel – copied it in below.

        It makes me hope that the real victory has happened behind screens and possibly hopefully is going on.

        After Erdogan’s recent spewing bout towards Israel there had been some pretty open words from the German defense minister (and somebody else) who is the one who is supposed to secure support that the Patriot stationing will be coming through. (As per the NATO treaty there is no consent by our parliament necessary but since the governing ones have consented to have it debated appearance matters hugely and though we the public may like Israel as much or as little as the rest of Europe we cherish our world championship in remembrance culture ;-)).
        It seems to me that Merkel’s men are doing what they are supposed to do i.e. follow her lead. de Maizière the defense minister probably enthusiastically so while with our foreign minister Westerwelle I’d bet that it is more that he knows what’s good for him. (the current party alliances picture signalling that either his party survives with Merkel or not at all and she was the first from ours who voiced unequivocal support for your operation – well to be honest she made that civilian caveat but comparatively mildly just like the EU this time around.)

        Sunday 18:00
        Türkei und Israel wollen Verhältnis verbessern

        Die Türkei und Israel streben eine Verbesserung ihrer Beziehungen an, die sich im Streit um die Palästinenser-Politik verschlechtert hatten. Der türkische Außenminister Davutoglu bestätigte, es habe dazu ein Treffen ranghoher Gesandter beider Staaten gegeben. In Medienberichten heißt es, der Vorschlag für das Gespräch sei von Israel ausgegangen und habe zum Ziel, die diplomatischen Beziehungen zu normalisieren. Der türkische Ministerpräsident Erdogan hatte das Vorgehen Israels im Gaza-Streifen wiederholt verurteilt und der Regierung in Jerusalem vor kurzem unter anderem Staatsterrorismus vorgeworfen.

        http://www.dradio.de/nachrichten/ – to get the date and the time scroll down.

  6. Silke says:

    And a perfectly useless observation

    When a 15 year old is killed during the riots in Egypt he is called a youth (Jugendlicher) – I don’t remember that ever any “youth” has been killed in Gaza – everybody under 18 there is a child (Kind) which of course is much more effective because in German Kind tends to evoke the image of a 4 up to maybe 10 year old.

    • True – and when an Israeli terror victim is indisputably “a child” (such as the Fogel children from Itamar, including the baby), the foreign Press takes care to emphasize that these are the children of “settler” families, in order to imply (not very subtly) that the murder was somehow, if not justified, at least understandable.

      • Silke says:

        And it goes on news today tell me that in Egypt youths are acting out – then I go to Google news and ask for Gaza Jugendliche (youths) judging from the first results they seem to be known in Switzerland but not in Germany.

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