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.