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With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’

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Smoke is seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in Gaza Strip. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ Reuters)

Today Israeli and Palestinian officials are meeting again in Cairo to broker a long-term truce and reevaluate the blockade of the Gaza Strip, hours before the latest ceasefire is set to expire at midnight local time. The five-day ceasefire went into effect late last Wednesday, after nearly a dozen humanitarian pauses throughout “Operation Protective Edge.”

Diplomatic teams met for three days last week, although the Israelis were not present for the full duration of the talks. Still the Israeli Minister of Information Yuval Steinitz said Wednesday at a press conference in Jerusalem hours before the five-day ceasefire was announced their team intends to “make Gaza into Ramallah” through the discussions.

Towards this end Israeli negotiators have stated their main task will be the de-militarization of Gaza akin to the West Bank following the Oslo Accords. “We want more than a ceasefire, we want the demilitarization of Gaza,” said Steinitz. “From a second point of view Gaza will be exactly like Ramallah. Also from an economic position, Gaza will become like Ramallah. And believe me life in Ramallah is much easier than Gaza,” he continued.

Under such an agreement local security forces in the Mediterranean strip would be granted continued use of light weapons. As of now that force is administered by Hamas, but as the Palestinian negotiating team is comprised of a unity coalition, headed by the West Bank-based Fatah, conceivably the Cairo talks also include discussion on re-structuring Gaza’s local government.

A Palestinian official told Mondoweiss relations between Palestinian factions are at a positive high. The PLO ultimately wants to re-establish a technocratic, national consensus government, while in negotiations with Israel over Gaza. “I believe for the first time we are in a game changer,” said PLO spokesman Javier Abu Eid on the possibility of a national unity government.

The extension of a 72-hour ceasefire last week indicated both sides were hoping to reach a permanent agreement. “Quiet will be answered with quiet, but if Hamas will resume the bombardment, our counter strike will be very strong,” said Steinitz, indicating Israel has not taken resuming air-strikes off the table.”

The Palestinian negotiating team has notably better standing in Cairo than they did earlier this year during the nine-months of direct talks with Israel brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry which collapsed last April. Palestinian officials have said they have drafted a letter of accession to the Rome Statue, which would allow them to take Israel to The Hague for war crimes charges, yet they are holding off on the process. At the same time, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is moving forward with investigating a litany of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity conducted by Israel during the 38-day offensive in Gaza. The UNHRC report is expected in March 2015.

Israel is clearly displeased with the human rights investigation. Steinitz dedicated nearly half of his briefing to describing the process as illegitimate based upon biased jurists, a lack of an inquiry into Hamas’s violations, and a lack of military experts on the panel. Rep. Steve Israel told the New York Post that during his joint meeting with Netanyahu in Israel last week along with seven other congressmen the Prime Minister asked for congressional support in pushing back Palestinian attempts to take Israel to The Hague. “The prime minister asked us to work together to ensure that this strategy of going to the ICC [International Criminal Court] does not succeed,” Rep. Israel said. 

Israel’s concern over the human rights investigation and the ICC is not without cause. Although the investigation is on going, the preliminary reports are grave. In the southern town of Khuza’a, Jesse Rosenfeld of the Daily Beast discovered Palestinian bodies stacked in a bathroom, an apparent execution of civilians. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is also drumming up war crimes charges against Israel.

The number of casualties in Gaza stands at nearly 2,000, including over 400 children. The Israeli army shelled six United Nations shelters housing displaced civilians with guarantees of inviolability as protected humanitarian spaces. In one instance nine were killed and 27 injured in the shelling of an UNRWA school in Rafah. “For this particular installation we notified the Israeli Army on 33 separate occasions that this school in Rafah was being used to accommodate the displaced, the last time only an hour before the incident,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.

Early in the ground invasion the Israeli army fired on el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital on three separate occasions. In the first two attacks, hospital staff and patients, still connected to feeding tubes and oxygen support, were trapped inside. The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) attempted to coordinate a humanitarian evacuation of the hospital on July 17, 2014. However shelling began just before the ICRC contacted the facility’s director to let him know the Israelis agreed to hold fire.

Still it is the international community that is heading the charge against Israel in lieu of the Palestinian government vis-a-vis the ICC. By holding off on joining the Rome Statute Palestinian officials find themselves in a position of leverage against Israel in Cairo, all the while allowing for UN member nations to pressure Israel for them. If Israeli officials don’t agree to lift essential aspects of the blockade now in its eighth year, the Palestinian team can walk and still take Israel to The Hague. The PLO Central Council has already voted in support of joining the Rome Statue, and a grassroots campaign has started to bring Israel to the ICC.

“The only thing they can do against what we are doing is collective punishment,” said Abu Eid who is well aware that the PLO has stronger political ties today than in years past.

It was first expected that the Palestinian team would seek to fully lift Gaza’s siege in Cairo, allowing the free flow of peoples and goods, and the re-opening of Gaza’s seaport and airport. Until 2000, Gaza had an operational airport and until the 2006 siege, a seaport. Now, a Palestinian official said negotiators are working to peel back aspects of the blockade only. However, Israel said these fundamental aspects of controlling Gaza’s economic life will not be touched in this round of talks. “Maritime is left to the final status,” said Steinitz. Instead Israel will focus on the movement of peoples and goods through Gaza’s land crossings only. If a deal is not reached today on the status of Gaza, rocket fire and Israeli air-strikes are poised to resume.

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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius on August 18, 2014, 4:22 pm

    ”Israel said these fundamental aspects of controlling Gaza’s economic life will not be touched in this round of talks. “Maritime is left to the final status,” said Steinitz.”

    The words ‘final status’ do not fill me with optimism. It was the notion that minor adjustments to ‘ease’ occupation would be enough, but that all major issues had to be put off for the ‘final status’ which of course never happened, which doomed the Oslo Accords.

    Obviously, I know that Hamas’ bargaining powers are limited, but they do have a certain momentum behind them right now. It would be very disappointing if they were to accept just minor tweaks to the blockade which of course can – and probably will – fail to be honoured by Israel. Also, who is going to police the border crossings? Seems that the deal if for them to be guarded by the Quisling PLO, who will be more concerned with Israel’s ‘security’ than with Palestinian freedom of movement. Let’s hope Hamas can negotiate a better deal than this.

    • Philemon
      Philemon on August 18, 2014, 9:20 pm

      What’s the long-term strategy? For Palestinians, that is. Israel’s long-term strategy is transparent and abhorrent, and I can’t see vacationing there.

      Palestinians could do it better.

    • amigo
      amigo on August 19, 2014, 5:55 am

      “The words ‘final status’ do not fill me with optimism.”MDM

      A euphemism for “End Days” in ziospeak.

      I agree , Hamas has a certain momentum right now, partly provided by the millions of people who hit the streets to show their collective distaste for the crimes being carried out by Israel.

      These protests did not go unnoticed by most of the leaders of the respective nations.Israel , I suspect is being pressured to be honest for once.

      Netanyahu is coming under huge pressure from his fellow criminals at home and probably fears for his life if he puts one foot wrong.

      The Palestinians need to tighten the screw on Israel , first by going to the ICC and secondly by sticking to their guns on the unity Government .

      Those are the two issues that Israel most fears.

      I forgot to mention BDS , but that is mainly up to the rest of us to see that happens.

  2. just
    just on August 18, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Allison– my deepest gratitude for this summary, your analysis, and your continued dedication to truth, justice and human (Palestinian) rights.

    Please stay safe.

  3. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby on August 18, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Are the palestinians dumb? They dont seems to understand that israel wont end the siege, now they just play along in this stupid circus of Israel.
    In a year or 2 israel will bomb Gaza again.

    Only ICC is the way now.

    • annie
      annie on August 18, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Are the palestinians dumb? They dont seems to understand that israel wont end the siege, now they just play along in this stupid circus of Israel.

      why would you say that? did you get some special information they’ve accepted israel’s terms for the ceasefire. do tell.

      • Penfold
        Penfold on August 18, 2014, 9:38 pm

        I would suggest that continually extending this truce while getting nothing in return is simply playing into Israels hands and as long as the rockets are not heading Israels way Israel doesn’t have to give anything away.

        So while I would not call them stupid I do think Hamas are falling into the same trap the PA has in the West Bank where 60 years of negotiations have only resulted in a more pleasant but shrinking ghetto to live in.

      • peeesss
        peeesss on August 19, 2014, 2:27 am

        The siege , blockade , land , sea and air is illegal under International Law as the UN has enumerated. The complete lifting of them is the only just solution to the imprisonment and collective punishment administered by Israel . With Egypt , Israel, and Fatah {The PA}, leading the talks this won’t happen. They will agree to a little opening of the land corridors to Israel and to Egypt, a few more miles of sea/fishing access and a couple other minor improvements. For that Israel and Egypt get the PA . Abbas regime, to control the openings and security in Gaza , and any goods and people coming and going through these corridors. Hopefully Hamas and the more nationalistic Fatah members will hold out for more . The Abbas regime has resisted going to the Hague for years but now , due to popular support among all Palestinians, they have put it, reluctantly, on its agenda. Hopefully they can get a few more carrots out of the Israel/Egypt team. Whatever they get will enable them to table the Hague route once again. As others have noted Israel will agree to some changes but , as in the past, will completely forget its promises . The deliberate destruction of all economic assets and the infrastructure , besides the massive killing and maiming of the civilian population, has left Gaza dependent on the International community. Hopefully the steadfastness and ingenuity of the Palestinian people will enable them to overcome.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby on August 20, 2014, 4:29 am

        peeesss

        Exactly, the puppet Abbas wont do anything, this is what I mean “dumb”, like accepting colonialism to grow in West bank and rejecting becoming a ICC member.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby on August 19, 2014, 3:42 am

        Penfold

        Exactly, israel wont do anything to make peace, but apparently palestinians dont get that obvious fact.

      • annie
        annie on August 19, 2014, 8:33 pm

        israel wont do anything to make peace, but apparently palestinians dont get that obvious fact.

        ah. because, for example, not one of the palestinians who write for mondoweiss is as smart as you. they all think israel is trying to make peace! and because you have like…nooo problem finding editorials by palestinians claiming israel wants to make peace. why every single day i’m hearing palestinians say ‘that can’t be right, israelis are serious about peace.’

        and it’s so lucky they have you to set them straight justpassingby. i mean really, if it weren’t for the wisdom of people like you, i don’t know where they’d be.

      • annie
        annie on August 19, 2014, 8:26 pm

        but they didn’t extend the truce today. maybe they just needed a break from being bombed and killed for a couple days. anyways, their leaders are one thing but ‘palestinians’ are not dumb. i have not been hearing any loud calls from the people to extend the ceasefire, no calls at all in fact.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby on August 20, 2014, 3:49 am

        Annie

        Yes I mean the palestinian groups that talk with Israel thinking Israel will accept peace, they are indeed dumb. The new violence by Israel show what I mean.

      • Justpassingby
        Justpassingby on August 20, 2014, 3:53 am

        Annie

        I would appreciate if you can stop with your personal attacks, I thought we were through with that.

        Thanks

  4. seafoid
    seafoid on August 18, 2014, 4:40 pm

    “Maritime is left to the final status,” said Steinitz

    the usual bullshit. There is always a reason to break the contract.
    which is why Hamas is not buying Israeli promises this time
    Final status for the bots is no Palestinians in Erez Israel.

  5. Kay24
    Kay24 on August 18, 2014, 4:42 pm

    It is time the international community held Israel accountable for the suffering that goes on in Gaza, and pressure them into opening the borders, so that these poor people can live normal lives. The more they collectively punish them and hold them in these concentration camps, the more rockets and resistance they should expect.

    As for the US, I am ashamed that they stand in the way of that freedom for the Palestinian people. All the US has to do is cut off funding Israeli wars, and stop sending them deadly weapons, then Israel will be singing a different tune. US backing makes them arrogant and violent.

    • Andre
      Andre on August 18, 2014, 6:58 pm

      It is way, way overdue that Israel should be held accountable for their ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity (including those who actively supported them in committing these atrocities) but I’m afraid that this isn’t going to happen, Kay.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on August 18, 2014, 10:39 pm

        At least not in our lifetime. I will die a sad person knowing the Palestinians never got justice, ever. :((

      • annie
        annie on August 19, 2014, 8:38 pm

        snap out of it kay! i can’t believe what party poopers we have here.

      • just
        just on August 18, 2014, 11:52 pm

        imho, Andre and Kay24– you need to believe that this will change, and continue to work for it. If the Palestinians can be as resilient and strong as they are, we need to honor them by not giving up or in.

        I don’t mean to tell anyone what to do, but that is what I am doing and will do until the Palestinian people are free in their own land!

      • amigo
        amigo on August 19, 2014, 6:07 am

        “I don’t mean to tell anyone what to do, but that is what I am doing and will do until the Palestinian people are free in their own land!” just

        That is what Trevor hogan said in his recent speech.

        “As long as one Palestinian is still breathing, there will never be a “Mission accomplished” for Zionism.

        I am sure like the rest of us, Kay gets bouts of despair. They too will pass.

        Zionism is finished.Israel as we know it , is on it,s way out.The only question is how long .

  6. seafoid
    seafoid on August 18, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Israel is micromanaging a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza which is why every mini war targets the sanitary infrastructure. Talk of Ramallah is bullshit.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/07/uk-mideast-gaza-germany-idUKKBN0G71P320140807

    “Lieberman told Thursday’s mass-selling German daily Bild that Germany had a “very significant” role to play in preventing an economic and humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, where Israel and Egypt maintain tight restrictions on the movement of goods and people to try to prevent arms reaching Islamist militants.”

    • justicewillprevail
      justicewillprevail on August 18, 2014, 7:06 pm

      Israel is systematically destroying Gaza’s economy, from carpentry shops to construction firms and farms, all medium sized businesses employing hundreds of people. There can be no reason to do this other than a deliberate strategy of impoverishment, a refugee camp without hope of a future, leaving little option but to leave for many. Isn’t removing any means of a people for surviving genocide in all but name:

      ““Israel is not only attacking civilians and their homes, but also systematically destroyed the economy of the Gaza Strip in order to make people dependent on emergency aid,” Abu Ramadan argued.
      “Now that almost the entire economy is destroyed, people can no longer work, thus cutting their purchasing power dramatically. Now youth wants to emigrate at even younger ages than before. Due to the emigration of young skilled workers the economy is becoming even weaker.”
      “Israel has managed to transform a functioning economy into a third world country through eight years of embargo and three assaults in five years. Without ending the embargo, it is impossible to break out of this vicious cycle ourselves,” Abu Ramadan added.”

      Very sad, and the height of callous wicked behaviour by the architects of destruction in their cosy US subsidised offices. It is hard to believe how deliberately cruel human beings can be, and israel has exploited this (natural) unwillingness to the hilt, hiding their sadism behind a barrage of misinformation and useful stooges.

      http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/israel-industrializing-gaza.html

      • seafoid
        seafoid on August 19, 2014, 1:30 am

        Pestilence will be the next Israeli horseman. Famine is there already because 80% of the people cannot feed themselves. Gaza is pure Israeli evil.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on August 19, 2014, 7:19 am

        “The United States of America is Israel’s big brother and really loves us. Israel does not have and apparently will not have another friend like it. According to a recent Congress report, Israel is the country that has received more cumulative American aid than any other country since the end of World War II.

        Since it began in 1962, American military aid to Israel has amounted to nearly $100 billion. For the past decades the United States has been regularly transferring aid of about $3 billion annually. In recent years, the aid has been solely for defense purposes. Additionally, the U.S. has been giving Israel generous military aid for projects that are important both to it and to Israel.”
        Haaretz

        All that and the parasites cannot feed themselves. They should stop waging bloody wars on their neighbors and feed themselves.

      • Chu
        Chu on August 19, 2014, 9:44 am

        “The United States of America is Israel’s big brother and really loves us. Israel does not have … another friend like it. ”

        -The US is the big pinata that they beat every so often to secure more booty, while support for Israel in the US is a mile wide and an inch deep.

        When history is written at the end of this century I don’t think their will be enough historians to put Israel in a favorable light.

  7. RobertB
    RobertB on August 18, 2014, 5:11 pm

    Israeli Analyst Explains that the “Special Relationship” Benefits Israel, NOT the US

    By Alison Weir
    August 17, 2014

    “Apart from Israel’s ability to defend itself, there never was – and probably will never be – a more important strategic asset to the country than its relationship with the United States. Since its founding – and especially since the end of the 60s and the start of the 70s – these ties have provided Israel a superpower to lean on, a supporting pillar of military deterrence, and a force-multiplier in the international arena.

    The United States has not only vetoed more than 50 anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nation’s Security Council, it has also provided military aid totaling more than $140 billion, as well as access to American weapon systems and advanced ammunition. But the US has also garnered a reputation as an almost-automatic defender of Israel – its layer of protection from international isolation.

    The relationship between the two countries has often been defined as “special”, “extraordinary”, and an “unshakeable alliance.” Since the 80s, Israel has often pushed to define itself as a “strategic asset” for the United States and, though Americans have never used the phrase themselves, they have not denied it.**

    But on this matter there is some confusion in Israel borne of an exaggerated sense of self-importance. The strategic asset in this equation is the US for Israel, not the other way around.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39440.htm

  8. Kay24
    Kay24 on August 18, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Israel sends their human animals to kill and destroy, and the world must pay up for their thirst for collective punishment, usually based on lies.

    “UN: Gaza reconstruction 3 times more dire than after 2009 war
    Top UN official in Mideast Robert Serry says ending blockade of Gaza, addressing Israel’s security needs more urgent than before due to ‘unprecedented destruction.
    The top UN official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a UN-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

    Robert Serry told the UN Security Council that ending the blockade of Gaza and addressing Israel’s legitimate security needs have become even more urgent given “the unprecedented amount of destruction … and the corresponding unprecedented level of humanitarian needs” suffered during the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas.

    He said there are indications that “the volume of reconstruction will be about three times” what it was after the 2009 Hamas-Israel conflict.”

    More:
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.611217

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico on August 19, 2014, 2:41 am


      Robert Serry told the UN Security Council that ending the blockade of Gaza and addressing Israel’s legitimate security needs have become even more urgent given “the unprecedented amount of destruction … and the corresponding unprecedented level of humanitarian needs”

      Mr. Serry elicits my absolute agreement with the first half of his statement – “ending the blockade of Gaza [has] become even more urgent given ‘the unprecedented amount of destruction … and the corresponding unprecedented level of humanitarian needs’”
      then blind-sides me with –
      ‘addressing Israel’s legitimate security needs’ !?
      To which security needs might he be referring ? The need to savage and destroy any and all who show the least little sign of resisting their sadistic megalomania perhaps ?

  9. anthonybellchambers
    anthonybellchambers on August 18, 2014, 9:21 pm

    The international community calls for the demilitarisation of both Gaza and Israel and the cessation of the shipment of arms to the region particularly from the United States and Iran. These arms are a provocation and an incitement to war by the USA congress among others and must be stopped if there is ever to be a lasting peace.

    Those who supply fascist or racist regimes are in effect warmongers who endanger regional stability.
    World opinion, particularly from the 28 nations of the EU must be brought to bear on both the US and Iran who must stop using Israel as a useful idiot in their quest for regional domination.

    • Stern Gang
      Stern Gang on August 19, 2014, 11:56 am

      I read a BBC article where a poll suggested Iran is the least anti-semitic country in the Middle East. What do polls mean-very little, yet is there is even a shred of truth to the report? The former Iranian president was a quack, but I am not sure his words were anything more than empty words. One of Israel’s strengths is turning every conceivable situation into a grave threat to their existence. They have the fourth most powerful military on the planet. And they aren’t going anywhere. However, they are like the US-they create rules that they don’t abide by. That region of the world is so saturated in propaganda that is is hard to decipher what is actually the reality of the situation. The crux of it being that everyones’ reality is so disparate. The most disturbing piece is that America’s foreign policy is so egregious. Over the last seven decades they have beat the bag out of that region of the world. How can it be o.k. to support Iran and Iraq during their war? That is a hypothetical question, but more importantly, the norm. This is just the way of the world and there are a lot of participants. But America carries the heaviest bat and are as much as a global threat as anyone. Lastly, Egypt, never mind America, has NO place to be facilitating these “peace” talks. How can someone in Israel’s camp be part of these talks? None of this is sensical.

  10. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast on August 19, 2014, 1:16 am

    If the US can arm Israel, Iran should be able to arm both Hezbollah and Hamas.

  11. Marnie
    Marnie on August 19, 2014, 2:53 am

    The state of israel can’t be trusted, period. They think nothing of violations, it’s business as usual. Treaties and promises, like hearts, are meant to be broken. How the hell can anyone work with that? They’re not interested in anything that diminishes their control of power/money/people. Fuck ’em. They are the architects of this disaster; they can’t be the saviors.
    Viva Palestina!

  12. wondering jew
    wondering jew on August 19, 2014, 5:56 am

    Bibi inherited the Gaza situation from Sharon and Olmert. It required a “war” for Bibi to consider the situation of his own making. How this will fit in with his rejection of the unity government, I don’t know. (Is this the game changing moment?) One has to believe that Bennett and Lieberman will have a field day. Will Bibi win a cabinet vote? Probably. (But that’s a gut feeling rather than a vote counting feeling.)

    PA and Hamas are not natural allies, but a national unity government is necessary at this stage. Is this a game changing moment?

  13. Inanna
    Inanna on August 19, 2014, 8:25 am

    It’s really nice that the Israelis or the PA buffoons think they are in charge. Not even the Hamas politicians are in charge. Who is calling the shots is the Qassam Brigades. Those guys have learnt well from Hezbollah and they cannot go back to their community without having the siege lifted. Qassam Brigades don’t care about Oslo, final status talks, the standing of the PA collaborators or hasbara talking points. Qassam is only answerable to their stakeholders and they don’t live in Ramallah, Cairo, Saudi or Qatar. They live in Gaza and have been brutalized for so long they feel they have nothing left to lose. They can’t go back to the siege. Netanyahu was incredibly stupid to have started this war since things will not end up the way he wants them to. When you’ve driven a people’s collective back to the wall, they will fight like they have nothing left to lose.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on August 19, 2014, 8:47 am

      Well said Innana. Ultimately fuck the elites, the people have had enough bullshit and they are not going to be terrorized into going back to the siege.
      War is strange- it doesn’t matter what Israel destroys as Gaza will have to be rebuilt anyway. And $9bn or whatever is a drop in the ocean for donors.

      • michelle
        michelle on August 20, 2014, 3:36 am

        .
        would that some of that $ were used to ‘build’ Palestine lobby(s) charities and such in America
        imagine an Arab run main stream channel and an Arab hollywood
        that would offer some balance
        it’s a wonder there aren’t already Arab gas stations all over the world
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on August 19, 2014, 9:19 am

      Bibi made a huge boo-boo when he decided to “mow the lawn” this time.

      He lied many times, exaggerated, and started this war on false claims. He said one thing and did another, but this time the world watched with horror, as babies were blown up, children playing soccer were brutally blown up, UN shelters were bombed 7 times despite warnings from UN officials, and the death tolls do not show more militants than civilians, in fact MORE children were killed than militants.
      It was almost as if the world witnessed the massacre of 2000 civilians and thousands injured, themselves. Numbers and facts cannot be changed, and Israel would change them in a flash, if it could.
      So it disgusted the majority in the world, except of course the tightly controlled US Congress, White House, shameless leaders like Bloomberg, Cuomo, and senile old comedians like Joan Rivers, who wanted all Palestinians killed.
      There is indeed a limit to what any human being will take, and it seems with a lot of world-wide support, calls for BDS, and international condemnation from the world, Israel has dug itself into a huge cess pit, and will find it very hard to get out of it.
      No one deserves it more.

      • michelle
        michelle on August 20, 2014, 3:42 am

        .
        it does seem like Israel was hoisted by its own petard
        .
        G-d Bless
        .

  14. just
    just on August 19, 2014, 9:23 am

    “BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon instructed the army to resume attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Israeli media reported.

    According to Haaretz, Netanyahu and Yaalon’s command comes in response to three rockets fired from Gaza that landed in open areas in southern Israel earlier in the day.

    No injuries or damages were reported as a result of the rockets.”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=721694

    • just
      just on August 19, 2014, 9:57 am

      Just heard that Netanyahu told his delegation to leave Cairo and it’s bombs away!

      and

      “A lone soldier from the United States had gone missing, the Israel Police announced Tuesday, as it issued an appeal to help locate him.

      There is no suspicion of kidnapping.

      David Menahem Gordon was born in 1993 and was last seen on Sunday around noon in the area of the Medical Corp Facility at the Tzrifin military base. ”

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.611319

  15. RobertB
    RobertB on August 19, 2014, 9:27 am

    The U.S. Congress: a Metonym for AIPAC

    August 18, 2014 by William Hanna

    http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2014/08/18/u-s-congress-metonym-aipac/#utm_source=S

  16. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on August 19, 2014, 11:01 am

    RE: “With ceasefire set to expire, Palestinians aim to lift the siege while Israel wants to turn ‘Gaza into Ramallah’”

    MY COMMENT: The gods have already spoken (and brokered an agreement)! Cairo is just a midsummer night’s Kabuki*!!!

    *SEE: “Israel coordinated with US on gradual end of Gaza blockade”, by Attila Somfalvi, YnetNews.com, 08.19.14

    Israel coordinated with US on gradual end of Gaza blockade
    Sources in Jerusalem claim Israel, America secretly agreed on steps to ease humanitarian hardship in Gaza by opening crossings.

    [EXCERPT] Sources in Jerusalem said late Monday night that Israel had coordinated with the US to define the details of a future permanent accord with Hamas.

    The sources claimed that US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Israel next week in a show of support for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and in order to demonstrate that the two allies’ relationship is not in crisis.

    The same sources added that Israel and the US secretly decided that Israel will agree to a gradual lifting of the blockade on Gaza Strip, starting with the land crossings and eventually opening up sea traffic.

    Under the agreement, Israeli will not oppose the transfer of salaries to Hamas civil workers in Gaza and will allow for the rehabilitation of the Strip with the use of international assistance.

    The issue of the Strip’s demilitarization, which Israel demanded during Operation Protective Edge, will most likely not be included in the accord developing in Cairo, though the US will support the Israeli demand for the prevention of Hamas and other terror organization’s efforts to rearm. Israel said it would actively work to promote the issue on the international arena.

    Though there has been no official American confirmation of the agreement, according to Israeli officials Kerry and Netanyahu will announce in a joint statement that the ties between the two countries are strong, and that the disagreements between them are only on certain points. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4560083,00.html

    • DICKERSON3870
      DICKERSON3870 on August 19, 2014, 11:25 am

      P.S. EARLIER KABUKI REHEARSALS IN ISRAEL: “Netanyahu tried to hide Egyptian cease-fire proposal from cabinet”, By Barak Ravid, Haaretz.com, Aug. 18, 2014
      Only when Lieberman brought copy to cabinet meeting did PM reluctantly admit its existence.

      [EXCERPT] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried last week to hide from cabinet ministers the draft of a cease-fire agreement drawn up by Egypt. A senior Israeli official said that during last Thursday evening’s cabinet meeting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman confronted Netanyahu, showing him the copy of the Egyptian proposal that he, Lieberman, had received, and demanded an explanation.

      The Israeli official said Lieberman surprised Netanyahu with this revelation. This was the first that the other cabinet ministers had heard that Israel had received a draft cease-fire agreement from the Egyptians, and they demanded copies of their own so they could review it.

      A stormy atmosphere ensued and Netanyahu found himself on the defensive. The official said Netanyahu told the cabinet members that it was only a proposal, one of many that had been updated again and again in previous days.

      “I didn’t say ‘yes’ to this draft and for now we do not accept it,” he told the ministers. At one point Netanyahu exited the cabinet meeting to speak with some visiting mayors from the south. That get-together was to last only a few minutes, yet Netanyahu stretched it out to more than an hour. Eventually Lieberman and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon lost their patience and left the cabinet meeting. It was decided to adjourn and continue the following morning.

      When the ministers entered the cabinet room Friday morning, Netanyahu had no choice but to present the Egyptian proposal to them. He told the cabinet members that he was rejecting it because it did not answer Israel’s security demands. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.611231

  17. michelle
    michelle on August 19, 2014, 8:15 pm

    .
    as much as this Israel murder of Palestine people needs to stop
    the answer is not and never will be anything Israel will agree to
    without world wide pressures
    there has to be a better choice for the Palenstine people than
    a slow oppressive hidden death or a fast world viewed death
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

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