Hamas flatly spurns a ceasefire. Israeli air strikes kill 7 of its operatives in Gaza

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2014, 8:29 AM (IDT) Tags:

There is not the slightest chance of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas halting its three-week barrage of rockets against Israel in the foreseeable future, high-placed sources in Cairo, Washington and the IDF told DEBKAfile’s military sources Sunday night, July 6. They all agreed that Israeli-Gaza border tensions would continue to escalate in the absence of serious Israeli military punishment for cutting Hamas down

Following this assessment, the Israeli Air Force went into its first serious action against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip during Sunday night – not just bombing empty buildings, but hitting Hamas operatives. Seven were killed in Rafah and another two in Al Bureij.

The Hamas spokesman said that this was the biggest single Israeli hit against the Islamist group since the 2012 Pillar of Defense operation and “The enemy would pay dearly.”

A senior US intelligence official familiar with the sector offered the view that, so long as Israel did not show it was serious about a military reprisal – like for instance positioning two whole IDF armored divisions right up to the Gaza border – Hamas would not feel pressured enough to stop firing rockets and accept a truce. Every passing day without real punishment for kidnapping and murdering the Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shear, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, leaves the Islamists certain they have got away with it and in no mood to talk terms.

The source reported that, as far as he knew, Cairo had given up on its earlier effort at brokering a Gaza ceasefire. Cairo sources confirmed that Hamas had made unacceptable demands of the Egyptian government as its price for halting rocket attacks on Israel. The list was presented to Gen. Mohammed Farid el-Tohamy, head of Egyptian intelligence, who had been acting as the intermediary between Hamas and Israel in the truce effort.

One of those demands was for Egypt to reverse its six-month crackdown for reducing Hamas’ aggressive capabilities for terror in and from Sinai, including the reopening of the smuggling tunnels Sinai which long furnished the Hamas regime with arms, smuggled goods and revenue.

Cairo lashed out against Hamas as a terrorist group harmful to Egyptian security and a helpful offshoot of the proscribed Muslim Brotherhood.

There is no sign that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has any intention of meeting Hamas demands.

Indeed, all the parties following the conflict agree that the ball is now in Israel’s court and not, as it is presented by Israeli officials, up to Hamas to take the initiative. The Islamist group has already made its decision, which is to continue shooting rockets, in line with its unswerving commitment to fight Israel.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz must decide if and how to fight back.

Contrary to Israeli media reports, the chief of staff and the high IDF command have clearly informed the government that they are fully prepared to undertake any military operation without delay if so ordered. The elimination of seven Hamas members of its fighting army Sunday night may be the first step.

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  1. the phoenix Said:

    move a bunch of boulders around the creek

    So your improving nature. That the advise for landscape artist, ” improve nature and reduce G-d”.

  2. @ honeybee:

    I may be sending the dichas of TX soon, a lot more colorful language.

    I hope you do.
    I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that they’re as uplifting as devolin’s (and the more colorful, the more beautiful the canvas…. 🙂 )
    Sadly, there is precious little to be upbeat about lately…. 🙁 So we could all use some lift.
    To add insult to injury, we had an impromptu visit over the weekend by a couple of friends from Israel (that consider themselves to be ‘rightists’…) and I was AMAZED / in complete disbelief as to how they perceive things…. (“You cannot do anything…. The Arabs are CITIZENS of Israel…. There is pressure from us, eu…. What would we look like??????”…… Grrrrr)
    It seems that the only people to ‘see the light are those that comment here…!!!

    Hows the garden??

    it is a work in progress.
    For all intents and purposes it is finished, except for one area where I want to move a bunch of boulders around the creek (looks like I’ll have to bring a kubota or something….)

    Did you watch the Viking videos ???

    … Sorry. 🙁
    Did not.

  3. @ the phoenix:

    Had a thunder-buster last night 2.03″ of rain. Today found a dead Salamander on the north patio and driving down the road, to fetch the mail, we found a lizard on the road. Thought he was dead but only pretending.
    I may be sending the dichas of TX soon, a lot more colorful language. Hows the garden??
    Did you watch the Viking videos ???

  4. @ honeybee:

    Isn’t pointless to have all these arms and never use the to any effect. King David had only a sling-shot, but he used it.

    It just does not get more to the point than this.
    It’s one of your best ‘Deborah’s dichas’.

  5. Nothing short of nuking Gaza into oblivion will stop the rockets. Israel may not want to admit that to itself, but if it is going to survive, that is what it will have to do.

    The Nazis savages of Hamas (and let’s remember that the vast majority of Gazan “civilians” support their Jew-killing genocidal wishes) would rather die as martyrs than co-exist with Jews.

  6. Moments ago Minister Lieberman’s Party split from its contact with Netanyahu.
    Netanyahu is a sold out coward, criminal who selected equally endowed items as his allies. Peres, Livni, Lapid, etc. Personally I believe that Peres and the liar are plotting to prevent Mr. Rivlin from the presidency.
    He also facilitated the formation of a putrid police and a totally worthless military. That element is only good to betray, entrap, torture, persecute Jews.
    It is about time to plow under the unJewish garbage. Remove all that filth from government and freely elect a new system and new trustworthy leaders.
    HAMAS knows all of that and is doing what it does with impunity. They just demanded the release of its murderers and much more.
    Out with Netanyahu once and for all.
    The first time he was booted out should have been it.