With its unilateral ceasefire early this morning, Israel forced Hamas to either respond in-kind, or take a PR beating. It's a chess game of brinksmanship.
This raises the questions....
What happens after one week? Does the ceasefire endure? Will Hamas fire more missiles after the IDF withdraws? Will Israel open the border crossings she controls? Will Hamas continue to smuggle weapons into Gaza? Who will monitor compliance? What if Joe Schmoe fires a mortar or rocket? Will this lead to further talks? Will Hamas release kidnapped IDF Cpl. Shalit?
Many questions. Few answers at this point.
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I think Hamas has achieved the goals it wanted in this conflict tbh, it has made Israel come off as bad. Hence why it said 'In a decision designed to throw the international focus back on Israel, the Islamists said that they would halt all rocket attacks on the country'
A couple of things.
1. if there are no rocket attacks for a week, this clearly shows the operational command of hammas and thier control over these attacks.
2. this further legitimizes Israel's opertation here as they had targeted the hostile forces.
3. will this cease fire last a week?
4. how many rockets after this cease fire will it take for Israel to defend herself from now on?
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
You know the answers my friend, hell we all know them. Its just some wont allow them selves to see the replay of history that been taking place year after year after year.
Things may quite down in Gaza, Israel will leave, the Hamas will storm in declaring Gaza an Islamic state again, an Israeli solider will fart near a copy of the Koran that will send the militants into a mentally challenged moment.
(What am I talking about, these people live in a mental state) and the rockets will resume.
No idea, i thought the break was to allow humanitarian aid and to try and come up with a longer ceasefire.
Israel should open it but just oversee it to ensure nothing goes through that is not meant to.
Whether Hamas smuggles depends on Egypt and Iran. UK and some other European countries has offered to monitor ships and weapons, whether Israel accepts it remains to be seen. Egypt has tho refused to allow soldiers on its border. Guess we have to wait and see for the answers for the rest
If UK started bombarding Ireland and killed 1,000 irish people. I highly doubt people would be singing our praise and same for any other country in the world. Israel is no different
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