The Ceasefire That Never Was

Well, that didn’t last long. The Egyptians, backed by the Arab League, proposed a ceasefire, to which Israel agreed and which Hamas rejected. Israel ceased firing – unilaterally – at 9 am this morning, but Hamas continued with heavy barrages all over large areas of Israel, with the south, as usual, taking a heavy pounding.

My aunt in Ashkelon tells me that she has lost count of the number of Code Red alerts today, and that, from the moment of first hearing the air-raid sirens, she can barely make it across the room to the cupboard behind which she takes shelter before hearing the boom, either of a mid-air explosion, signalling the successful interception of an enemy rocket by our Iron Dome interceptor system, or of the landing of the missile, who knows where. In either case, flying shrapnel still represents a hazard to those who are not in a Safe Room or air-raid shelter.

By 15:30, the Cabinet decided that enough was enough and ordered the IDF to resume operations against the enemy.

How was this reported by Reuters? “Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.”
In short, the first words to catch the reader’s eye are those that proclaim that ISRAEL resumed air strikes. Having created the impression that Israel broke the ceasefire, then, and only then, are we told that the Hamas “militants” did not halt the rocket attacks. No mention of the fact that Israel actually implemented a unilateral ceasefire and stuck to it, for six and a half hours, in the face of heavy rocket fire from Gaza. In fact, the first impression that one receives from the structure of this sentence is that Israel agreed to the ceasefire but then broke her word.

UPDATE: A short while ago, it was announced that an Israeli citizen who was  mortally wounded earlier today by mortar fire from Gaza, had succumbed to his wounds. This is the first Israeli fatality of Operation Protective Edge. Let us pray he will also be the last.

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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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14 Responses to The Ceasefire That Never Was

  1. David Allon says:

    Looks like agreeing to the ceasefire was a successful move by Bibi. It gives Israel now more support on the international stage for its actions against the Palestinians in Gaza. As Egypt is not in love with the Hamas or the other organizations firing rockets from Gaza, I wonder if Sisi was in on this manoeuvre.

    • You make it sound as if it was a plot by Netanyahu and Sisi. I doubt that it was that sophisticated, although I think Netanyahu played the hand he was dealt correctly. I’ve heard it described here as a win-win situation. If Hamas had accepted – and held to – the ceasefire, we would have achieved the goal of putting a stop to the rocket attacks, and now, since they turned it down, Israel has a few more days credit on the international stage. The best of it is, that Egypt – and the Arab League – to a certain extent put their honour on the line, and received a slap in the face from Hamas, which won’t endear Hamas either to Egypt, or to the rest of the Arab League.

  2. Carolyn says:

    The BBC and ITV news have the same emphasis on Israel resuming bombing. ITV interviews some Palestinian shopkeeper in Gaza who wonders why the Israelis keep bombing them when all they want is peace!!! Beggars belief! Are they really that ignorant or are they being disingenuous? 😦

    • Of course they want peace – a piece of Israel. And another piece and another and another, till there’s nothing left…

      • Carolyn says:

        The evening BBC news was a bit more balanced. They had a reporter on the border making it very clear that though there was a ceasefire that Israel was keeping to, Hamas wasn’t and had sent over rockets one of which just missed a fuel depot.

      • Yes, I checked out their website and I did get the impression that a measure of balance had returned. No wonder The Guardian accused them of being “too pro-Israel”. 😉

  3. Rick Bailey says:

    US news outlets constantly vilify Israeli actions, leading one to believe that Israeli “oppression” of Palestinians and aggressive settlement building in “Palestinian” territory is 100 percent the cause of strife.
    Your blog has provided me with a very different understanding of events. It’s hard to miss the bias in most US media reporting along certain subjects, but I had not been aware of the extent of anti-Israel sentiment. This is, of course, an editorial posture.
    While “liberal” writers and commenters are bending over backwards to affirm Islamic faith in the US (ostensibly so that they can appear open-minded to every religion and sect – except to Judaism and evangelical Christianity) they completely ignore the brutality that seems to go hand-in-hand with the ideas of Islam: Extremist postures only? Hmmm. . .

  4. Chrissie says:

    Typically, FOXNews is pro-Israel. One of the reasons I’m a viewer. News reports re: this current fracas are more balanced than most and Charles Krauthammer is relentlessly providing truth and sense regarding Hamas, et. al., and their agenda for Israel. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/16/israel-warns-gazans-to-leave-homes-as-hamas-urged-to-accept-cease-fire/?intcmp=latestnews

  5. Mary says:

    It is very hard to come to an understanding.I’ve rad books which say Israel has been taking away the land of the Palestinians step by step and hoping to get them out altogether.Then I read one explaining why Israel is right… but have also committed atrocities in the establishment of the state.. which gives big problems to the Pals…why do they not get treated equally when living in Israel?why can Pals not attend university in Israel… it’s so hard to comprehend but it makes me think Israel will always be fighting and so not be the kind of place it was meant to be.I always assumed it was the religion which came first but I believe now that is secondary…. is there any way out?

    • ” which gives big problems to the Pals…why do they not get treated equally when living in Israel?why can Pals not attend university in Israel”

      I’m not sure whether you are referring here to Arab citizens of Israel (whom the Left Wing insists on describing as “Israeli Palestinians”), or to the “Palestinians” living in the Gaza Strip or in Judaea and Samaria. Would you care to clarify, so that I can give you the fullest possible answer?

  6. mickiem says:

    If they are living in Israel, they CAN attend university there.

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