Oh my... Egypt refuses to add Hamas' 'ridiculous' conditions to cease fire arrangement
With a 'humanitarian cease fire' rumored (unconfirmed) to be going into effect from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm today, Hamas is holding up a real ease fire by demands that are far beyond what's been reported in the media and that are so 'ridiculous' that Egypt refuses to put them in the agreement.
Hamas, which has rejected not one, but three separate ceasefire attempts, called on Israel over the past week to submit to a number of 'conditions' - or demands - in return for an end to the violence against Israelis. The calls were accompanied by threats against the Israeli people, made through a series of weakly-worded text messages.
These 'conditions' include, among other things, greater access to international waters, reopening of border crossings, and relaxation of trade restrictions; release of terrorists who were re-arrested during and after Operation Brother's Keeper earlier this month; and the possibility of constructing an international airport from Gaza. Israel rejects these demands for their potential to re-arm Hamas and enable it to make stronger ties with its Iranian and Arabian contacts.
According to Tuesday's report, Palestinian Authority (PA) "Intelligence Chief" General Majid Faraj and representatives of Egypt met late Monday night to discuss a possible deal.
Faraj, who attended the meeting in Qatar between the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Meshaal and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, left hastily after the Cairo meeting.
Sources close to the negotiations claimed to the Israeli daily that Hamas's demands are even more than what was leaked to the media last week, and are so pretentious that even Egypt has balked at adding them to terms of the deal.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports continue to circulate Tuesday morning that yet another "humanitarian ceasefire" has been called for a five-hour period, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
It should be noted that Israel has denied these rumors, and has not admitted to being in cease-fire talks with Hamas in any event. However, the existence of indirect contacts, through mediators, is undeniable.This has been the Arabs' problem since the War of Independence. They have lost every war, and then they expect to be treated as if they were a victor making conditions of surrender. Yes, they've lost again. But we're happy to keep going until their entire terror infrastructure is destroyed and the Hamas leadership is killed. And no one can say that we kept the war going.
What could go wrong?