Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Sunday that restraint would be “the watchword”.
“We intend to restore the quiet,” he said. “If that is also Hamas’ intention, quiet will be restored. If Hamas intensifies its attacks … our response will be much more severe.”
Hamas’ deputy defense minister, Ghazi Hamad, made a rare direct appeal to Israel Sunday, calling for a halt to the fighting during an Israel Radio interview he gave in Hebrew.
“We are interested in calm, but we want the Israeli army to stop its attacks,” he said.
The Israel Defense Forces refrained from responding to a rocket fired on Sunday toward Ashkelon and to the 10 mortar shells that hit open areas in southern Israel, even as a ministerial committee directed the army “to continue to act against those responsible for terrorism.”
Sourcre: Israeli Daily Haaretz.
The Government of Israel seems to be caught somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea.
They can not live with a Hamas regime in Gaza, sending hundred plus rockets into Israel. Neither can they remove Hamas.
On reason is that there seems to be no one to replace Hamas, but al-Quaeda or Islamic Jihad.
The second reason is that Israel do not want al-Fatah to take over Gaza. That will bring an end to the present “three state solution”, that can never be enforced on Israel. A sudden re-appearance of al-Fatha (PLO) in Gaza, will quickly lead to International pressure on Israel to surrender Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.
So the solution is to permit Hamas to send rockets in over Southern Israel, but not to many. Its seems to be silly. But please tell me the better alternative for men like Benjamin Netanyahu?
If anyone think there will be a “just peace” in the Middle East , they do not understand the complex situation for the Jewish state. When Jesus said Israel would be in deep distress, we who are connected to the Holy Spirit will be able to understand.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.
We do also understand, that Israel will be forced into signing a “peace agreement” with her enemy, that can surely not be trusted. Israel’s Islamic enemies are like a cancer, that no one really knows how to remove. It is deadly.
Written by Ivar