With words of ground offensive looming on the horizon for the past few days, we hear that there is a cease fire agreement. If history is any indication, this agreement will be short lived.

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I apologize in advance for the amount of quotes, but there were so many points contained in some of the links I sourced and I know some of you wont even look at those articles, but I wanted them ‘out there’.

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Wait til something better comes along

We heard on the 20th that Netanyahu opposed a prior cease fire agreement, hoping to hold out for one that was better in his eyes.
Barak Favors Gaza Ceasefire Terms, Netanyahu Opposes

Granted, alot of this made the rounds via social media prior to the establishment of any type of agreement. I do not know if there was any worry about Israeli soldiers refusing to fight, or even if the numbers who refuse would have mattered, but its worth including on the discussion.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a Cease Fire Agreement

Ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas

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The IDF issued a statement saying that it accomplished its “pre-determined objectives” for the eight-days-long Operation Pillar of Defense, inflicting severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.

Over the week of Israel’s offensive, some 160 people were killed and 941 wounded in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Almost 100 of those killed were civilians, including 28 children, 13 women and several journalists. Almost every wounded person was a civilian as well.

On the Israeli side, five people were killed and 240 injured according to the IDF, which counted over 1,500 rockets fired from Gaza during the conflict. Only 421 of those rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

The Israeli military announced that it hit over 1,500 “terror sites” and killed 30 senior operatives during the operation. “I would say that most of the people that were hit in Gaza deserved it, as they were just armed terrorists,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Public Radio International, despite the large majority of Palestinians killed being unarmed civilians.

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Its really worth noting just how lop-sided this fighting is. Yea, both sides are shooting at the other, and that is wrong. But just look at those facts.

The good news is that Palestinians seek unity as Gaza-Israel cease-fire appears to hold

QUOTE – If the ceasefire lasts until 9 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) Thursday, the next stage of the agreement would be to consider opening the border crossings to facilitate movements of people and goods. The truce took effect at that same hour Wednesday after eight days of intense fighting. – END QUOTE

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Top Ten Steps that are Necessary for Lasting Gaza-Israel Peace

I can pretty much agree to all these steps, but number 2 stands out. For those who are okay with the State of Israel, why not a state for Palestine (to which Israel used to be known as)

QUOTE – Stateless people have no real rights, since rights are enforced by a state. Gaza is lawless because it lacks a state, and Mr. Netanyahu won’t let one be formed. Among the rights that stateless people lack is the right to security of property. Palestinian property is being daily stolen from Palestinians by Israelis, who use Israeli law, administration and the courts to deprive stateless Palestinians of their rights. – END QUOTE

I also agree with number 4, because both sides of these warring people need to stop shooting missiles, rockets or whatever. If peace is to be TRULY acheived, then no weapons should be even pointed at each other.

And, the other side of the coin is this – Three Reasons Why the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Won’t Last

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Egypt takes on being a facilitator for peace

Egyptian President and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal

As much as I dont agree with President Obama obtaining the Nobel Peace Prize, and as much as I disagree with the Presidents ‘undying’ support of Israel, I am glad Obama was part of the process for peace between Israel and Gaza.

And while those of us who keep track of what really goes on in politics are aware that both Morsi and Obama are taking huge political risks, the greater good is being done here……

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However, with all things, Americans will foot the bill.

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Comes with Pledge from Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel

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A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released in March of this year detailed, “The Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 request for joint U.S.-Israeli co-development is $99.8 million which is $6 million below the President’s FY2012 request. However, according to one source, ‘Though the administration’s request for missile defense monies has dropped somewhat in recent years—from $121.7m. in 2011 to $106.1m. in 2012 to 2013’s $99.8m.—during each of those cycles, Congress has consistently increased the final allocation.” In July, Obama approved $70 million more in aid for Iron Dome.

Essentially, the Obama administration is providing Israel with an incentive to restore nothing more than the status quo. The status quo is what is fueling the cycles of violence. The blockade, arbitrary detention and the policies of apartheid, including issues over water and food distribution, freedom of movement, etc, should be understood as part of what creates an environment where Palestinians are moved to respond to Israel with violence.

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Egypt played big role in cease fire agreement

Gaza crisis: will Egypt come to regret its role as peacemaker?

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In the immediate aftermath of the truce announcement on Wednesday, Morsi was lauded by Clinton. “I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence,” she said. “This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace.”

The irony is that asking Egypt to take greater responsibility for Gaza, which it administered until 1967, is precisely what some Israeli politicians have long desired: to hive off the problem of Gaza to Cairo, which would further stifle any possibility of a two-state solution.

“Egypt has huge problems of its own,” said one diplomat last week. “It needs stability and it needed the prospect of war to recede. There is a question too of its military capacity to deal with issues like Sinai.”

Given all these simmering tensions, Gaza and the truce matters in terms of Egypt’s domestic politics because it is an issue on which most Egyptians, from secular liberals to Islamist, agree. Should the truce agreement backfire badly it would have profound implications not only for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood but for Israel: any alternative Egyptian government would likely be hostile to the deal.

“Morsi’s popularity can’t go on eroding like this for ever,” rights activist Mohsen Kamal told Reuters. “He is vulnerable to dramatic, and maybe even violent, changes if he ignores what is happening.”

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How the Gaza Truce Makes Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a Peace Player

As many Americans who regard the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization all on its own, it is because of their cooperation that there is now a cease fire agreement.

And even though there are concessions on both sides, Morsi has never wavered in his support for the rights of the Palestinians.

QUOTE – “We also support the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and are determined to pursue all efforts side by side with them until they regain their rights.” – END QUOTE

QUOTE  – If things are normalized in Gaza with Hamas in charge, Hamas effectively becomes a second Palestinian mini-statelet. Some Israelis believe that would be a very good idea. – END QUOTE

Gaza deal seals major role for Egypt’s president

QUOTE – He won the trust of the United States and Israel, which once worried over the rise of an Islamist leader in Egypt but throughout the week-long Gaza crisis saw him as the figure most able to deliver a deal with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. – END QUOTE

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Palestinians are rightfully celebrating on the streets of Gaza. But several seem mis-trustful of the promises of Israel to keep their side of the agreement.

Even Reuters takes note of the mistrust of the Palestinian people.

Gaza ceasefire holds but mistrust runs deep

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The truce brokered by Egypt’s new Islamist government, working with the United States, prevented – at least for now – an Israeli invasion of Gaza.

Egypt, an important U.S. ally now under Islamist leadership, took centre stage in diplomacy to halt the bloodshed. Cairo has walked a fine line between sympathies for Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that produced President Mohamed Mursi and much of his government, and preserving its 1979 peace treaty with Israel and its ties with Washington, its main aid donor.

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Implications that the real target is Iran?

Ever since the talk of a ground invasion started being shared via social media, so has the discussion regarding how the Gaza invasion was ‘practice’ for an invasion of Iran.

Ill help you out now, but yall gotta help us when we target Iran??

In fact, Shepard Smith also pointed this out earlier in the week – much to the chagrin of the American political right – Shepard Smith Suggests Netanyahu Started the Gaza Crisis for Political Gain

Only time will tell.

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And, only time will tell if this agreement is different from any of the others that preceded it.

 

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Warning, this posts covers alot of territory (no pun intended). There is alot of information, including videos and links to other sources. 

Unless youve been living under a rock, you are aware that Israel has attacked Gaza AGAIN. As of the time Im writing this, a ground war has not yet begun, but there are reports that Israel has called up reservists.

[Just a small fact before you get reading: Gaza is home to a ‘little’ over a million people who live in an area 4 wiles wide and 25 miles long. Gaza is also under siege by Israel. Gaza has no army, air force, or navy.]

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A few years ago, Israel and Gaza were ‘at war’ with each other and I had posted what I thought to be facts on my facebook page. A serious discussion ensued and I was introduced to Robert Fisks documentary Beirut to Bosnia.

Prior to watching this 3 part documentary, I thought I had a handle on what most of the fighting in this area was about. I admitted it then, and Ill admit it again now, I had no clue and I was sadly misinformed.

In case you havent heard about it, I have embedded all three parts:

Part 1: 

Part 2: (This is the one specific to Palestine/Gaza) 

Part 3: 

In case you dont have time to watch all three parts, make sure to watch Part 2.

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November Surprise?

This latest round seems to go back to last Thursday when Israeli soldiers invaded Gaza, and in the process killed a 12 year old young boy. Obviously, there has been some back and forth since….and then on Sunday, leaders within the Israeli government were quoted as saying  “cut off the head of the snake. Take out the leadership of Hamas in Gaza.”  They have even threatened to cut  off of water, food, electricity, and fuel shipments to Gaza’s 1.7 million people.

On Monday, (11-12) Palestinians were said to have brokered a truce if Israel stopped the attacks.

On Wednesday, Israel forces assassinated Ahmed Jabari, who is the leader of Hamas military.

I was unable to embed the video of the strike on Jabaris vehicle, but heres the link to the youtube video:  IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wing

(Side note: If Israel was able to target Jabari like this, then why so many innocents being killed or injured?)

In the process of assassinating Jabari, innocent civilians have also perished, including the 11 month old son and sister in law of a BBC journalist (The story behind the photo: Journalist’s 11-month-old son killed in Gaza strikes)

(Inserting my own WTH Israel? comment here)

Reuters reported that Israel may have lured Jabari out into the open with a ‘phony’ truce. (Phony truce may have lured Hamas man into open)

The closest number of civilian Palestinians killed on Wednesday I could confirm is 13, and that includes 3 children. Over 100 hundred citizens are injured and I see numbers between 25-30 children included in that figure.

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The continuing LIE

So, can anyone trust Israel again after straight up shattering this truce? In case after case, Israel has shown blatant contempt, and seems to be manufacturing a crisis to have an excuse to attack Gaza.

QUOTE – Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to. END QUOTE

(Source: GazaUnderAttack | Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It)

Written in 2009 but still pertinent – Reigniting Violence: How Do Ceasefires End?

People think Israel is a big bully – Israel’s war on Gaza This is a SCATHING post if you are on the side of Israel.

Whats even odder about the Israeli-Palestinian war is how the media is portraying each side….with Israel being the good guy and Gaza, the bad guy. Linguists including Noam Chomsky condemn “reprehensible” Gaza coverage

QUOTE -News items overwhelmingly focus on the rockets that have been fired from Gaza, none of which have caused human casualties. What is not in focus are the shellings and bombardments on Gaza, which have resulted in numerous severe and fatal casualties. It doesn’t take an expert in media science to understand that what we are facing is at best shoddy and skewed reporting, and at worst willfully dishonest manipulation of the readership.-END QUOTE

In the above mentioned article, it is also noted how the Palestinians oppression and terror are portrayed in a dishonest manner by more than just the American media. In todays internet based culture, you would think that a majority of the world would be incensed at the crimes perpetuated by Israel. However, it seems as if those countries support these atrocities against the Palestinians. This is further demonstrated via The Huffington Post (U.S. Condemns Hamas, Voices Support For Israel)

Even the New York Times has entered this blame game when they ran the editorial Another Israel-Gaza War?

Not interested in a cease fire? 

So, there IS confirmation that Israel wasnt serious about the agreed-upon cease fire after all: Israel won’t halt Gaza operation until Hamas begs for truce, say officials

Its not really surprising once you consider all the facts presented.

Complicity

Here in America, it seems like if you fault Israel for provoking Gaza and going against cease fire agreements, and siding with Gaza in that process, you must be anti-American.

As the Stanford Daily states: We are complicit in Gaza violence

Our country has unwavering support for Israel and sends BILLIONS of dollars in aid to support their military.

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Does America fear the wrath of Israel?

Its complicated.

For one, The United States of America isnt a territory Israel has ever made claim on for religious purposes. Lest they forget that Israel itself wasnt a ‘nation’ until 1948 (State of Israel Gives Jews a Homeland) Israel and Palestine have been at odds over land since the beginning of time….and the history is pretty ugly — and very complicated by religious zealots and politicians.

Its pretty obvious that our generation isnt going to make a difference between these two.

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Do you all remember the group of hackers -Anonymous? Well, last night after reports that internet service would be turned off in Gaza, they passed around information about how to stay online (Sorry, I dont have that link) as well as hacking Israeli websites:  Anonymous Hackers Hit Israeli Sites In Retaliation For Gaza Attacks (from Forbes) and Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites To Show Gaza Support In Conflict (from Huffington Post) While attacks like these really dont make a difference, they do show solidarity with the Palestinians.

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Some other sources/articles/blogs I found interesting regarding the Israeli-Palestinian ‘situation’