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July 26, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Perhaps it’s just as well that Hamas rejected Israel’s suggested four-hour extension of the Gaza truce. It isn’t so much that the world will blame Hamas for the resumption of hostilities — no chance of that. It’s that Israel has unfinished business in Gaza: those insidious tunnels and Hamas’s cache of arms and missiles must be destroyed.

Hamas rejected the offer to extend the truce at least four hours and possibly longer, and fired missiles into Isreal.

USA Today reports:

The cease-fire rejection came after the Israeli Cabinet agreed to extend the 12-hour truce until midnight Saturday, and Yuval Steinitz, an Israeli Cabinet minister, said a further extension would be considered.

Earlier Saturday, the Israeli military had warned that it “shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit” the lull to attack Israeli troops “or fire at Israeli civilians.” It also said that operations to locate and neutralize tunnels would continue.

Meanwhile, at least 100 bodies were recovered Saturday, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said, as Palestinians used the cease-fire to move medical supplies and tend to the dead and injured in the Gaza Strip.

As the initial lull in hostilities began at 8 a.m. Saturday, Gazans poured onto the streets to find food supplies, look for missing family members or return to homes they left for shelters. The nearly three weeks of fighting has left swaths of rubble, destroyed roads and damaged power infrastructure in residential neighborhoods across the strip.

More than 1,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the conflict began on July 8. Another 6,000 have been wounded. In Israel, 43 have died, including 40 soldiers, two civilians and a Thai worker.

Imad Nasrallah, 38, said he and others have made it a point not to forget the living.

“With my brothers and neighbors, we volunteer and go help others, in case their homes were targeted,” Nasrallah said. “We transfer the wounded to hospitals or go carry the martyrs and bury them.”

Saturday’s temporary truce was the second and the longest since the conflict began on July 8. A humanitarian cease-fire on July 17 was quickly overlooked as rocket fire resumed as soon as the set five hours expired.

In Paris on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with European foreign ministers to find ways to build off Saturday’s lull.

It was not to be. Kerry is being ignored by the Israelis as the government seems utterly determined to carry on its military mission until Hamas is neutralized. They have gone to war with the terrorists three times in the last five years. Israel’s citizens are under constant threat from thousands of missiles launched from Gaza every year, and Hamas has used its network of tunnels to carry out attacks on civilians.

Israel will de-militarize Gaza one way or another. And all the efforts by western powers to get them to dial it back will go for naught.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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How do you make peace when you have a mad man at your throat who won't let go unless and until you are dead?
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I wouldn't trust Obama/Jarrett/Kerry/Hagel/Malley if WE were under attack.

Why would I ask Israel to trust them?

At what point in their lives did any of them come willingly and naturally and forcefully in favor of America or Israel? Their entire lives are filled with the opposite. In their hearts they are enemies of both and they always have been.
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Not only is Israel right to ignore Kerry (and Obama)...he's coming off increasingly as a flaccid buffoon. His performance in Israel and Ukraine is harming our reputation all over the world. China is watching the ongoing global debacle, and learning.
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Western civilization can spend the next decade ( if it lasts that long )
Trying to contain and defeat Jihadist forces of Islam. We can try ( did that )
Democratization which failed. We can try to strengthen the so-called 'moderate
Branch of Islam, if there is one. They're either cowed
Into silence or winking and nodding to their Islamist brothers.
We can use drones and special forces and police actions but so far
That hasn't been effective. We could try making nice with the
'Soft-Jihadists' who advance Sharia and Jihad through legal
Means (like the Muslim Brotherhood Obama's been backing for
The last six years) but that backfired.
The problem of violent Islamic Jihad is more widespread and virulent
Today than it was even at its height of glory days when Hordes of Jihadists
Advanced on Spain and Europe. For Over 1400 years of Jihadist violence of
Murder and enslavement, forced conversions, and abuse
Of women and children and still In this modern day and age Islam
Still remains a retro-sixth century ideology and morality.
The world can't wait for this backward cult to somehow 'reform' itself.
Not when nuclear and chemical weapons of Jihad are soon to be within the reach
Of religious psychopaths.
When a beehive is burnt the surviving bees are disoriented
And dispersed. Certainly angry initially but then they just
Disappear and scatter into the countryside and soon die.
There's a lesson in this. The hive is in Mecca. It's called the
Kaaba. Or we can continue getting stung for the rest of history! (show less)
17 weeks ago
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The Long Arm of Qatar
http://tcsnews.com/long-arm-qatar/

Why Israel? Why now?

Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Warning Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel. There will be an increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel that’s taking place on an international basis.” Kerry’s November comments were followed up in May by other, albeit anonymous, officials… one who stated, “I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress.”

These were thuggish words, even for an administration that has aided, abetted, encouraged, and armed the anti-Semitic, genocidal Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda rebels in Syria. Yet the Obama administration spoke with more than words. In June, the administration had the State Department approve $500 million of funding to a unity government between Hamas and Fatah. This, despite the fact that according to U.S. law, it is illegal to fund any Palestinian entity in which Hamas is a member. Repetitively calling the Palestinian government “technocratic,” as (opposed to what, “terrorist?”), State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki brazenly lied to the press, stating, “[There is] no evidence that Hamas plays any role in the interim technocratic government.” One month later, that “no evidence” is technocraticly launching rockets into Israel.
17 weeks ago
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Next think you know he will be asking the French for help.
17 weeks ago
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If these 1000 are mainly civilians, how is it that only 20% of the Palestinian casualties are female? You would expect the number to be closer to 50% if most of them were civilians randomly caught in the fire (the 20% number is based on a full list of casualties compiled by Al-Jazeera). More Palestinian lies?
17 weeks ago
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Kerry's fecklessness almost makes one miss Hillary...














---- almost.


17 weeks ago
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There's really something to be said for dedication to one's principles. In this case, it means Hamas can be comfortably destroyed, without a shred of regret, and with just a touch of joy.
17 weeks ago
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Can we dance in the streets and pass out candy? I suppose you all thought I forgot Sept. 11, 2001?
17 weeks ago
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What do you call this? "More than 1,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the conflict began on July 8. Another 6,000 have been wounded."

A good start.

The only way to win is to inflict so many casualties, that they finally surrender. Israel is doing it wrong trying to minimize casualties. They should bomb the crap out of Gaza until they either surrender, or are all dead.
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Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said “War is deceit,” and Palestinians have taken that dictum to heart. Their manipulation of the media with staged atrocities is well-documented, with the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura being only the most notorious example.

Yet despite the fact that their fakery is well-known, they’re still at it – secure in the knowledge that the mainstream media will generally report their fiction as fact. Algemeiner reported Tuesday that “Hamas supporters are being called out on Twitter for posting photos of Syrian casualties from 2012 as victims of the Israeli Army in Gaza in 2014,” and even worse, Hamas had posted a photo of a decapitated woman from the horror movie Final Destination 4, claiming that it was of a civilian killed in an Israeli attack.
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I call it hamas propaganda actually. I wonder how many of those dead died with a weapon in their hands and hate on their lips? My guess would be most given the demographic breakdown of casualties at 50%+ being males between 18-36. All we get are lies that the msm drinks up. I don't necessarily disagree with you on casualties, though personally I favor a ground approach, we go house to house and shoot anyone armed with anything. Am weapons are gathered up and destroyed. Bulldoze the area near tunnel entrances and go in with flamethrowers and burn the tunnels clean, then collapse them all. This has the added bonus of all casualty figures being verified and documented by reputable upstanding young men and women NOT terrorist dicks who probably spend their time molesting small boys when they aren't trying to murder us all.
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Bulldoze the area near tunnel entrances and go in with flamethrowers and burn the tunnels clean, then collapse them all.

Someone here had a great idea the other idea. Apparently inspired by Egypt's approach to the same tunnels, they suggested simply flooding the Gaza tunnels with raw sewage in such volumes that no one would ever go down there again. I expect that would have the added advantage of being an inexpensive solution. It might be safer too: if you could be sure the sewage went everywhere, you wouldn't have to send men in to clear out the tunnels with rifles, grenades, flamethrowers or whatever, which would be inherently dangerous.

It sounds like it's worth a try, at least to my non-military ears....
17 weeks ago
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How do you make peace when you have a mad man at your throat who won't let go unless and until you are dead?
17 weeks ago
17 weeks ago Link To Comment
I wouldn't trust Obama/Jarrett/Kerry/Hagel/Malley if WE were under attack.

Why would I ask Israel to trust them?

At what point in their lives did any of them come willingly and naturally and forcefully in favor of America or Israel? Their entire lives are filled with the opposite. In their hearts they are enemies of both and they always have been.
17 weeks ago
17 weeks ago Link To Comment
Not only is Israel right to ignore Kerry (and Obama)...he's coming off increasingly as a flaccid buffoon. His performance in Israel and Ukraine is harming our reputation all over the world. China is watching the ongoing global debacle, and learning.
17 weeks ago
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wintermute - Here is the thing about Kerry that any of us VN Era Vets will never forgive - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

He is either a liar or a self-confessed war criminal. I think liar. Why do we allow this vapid fool to still show his face in public?
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