Kerry lied, IDF soldiers died
Please recall the August 1 'cease fire' during which Hamas ambushed IDF soldiers destroying terror tunnels
and killed 23-year old Hadar Goldin HY"D (May God Avenge his blood). It now turns out that Hamas' agreement to that 'cease fire' may have been a figment of John Kerry's imagination
from the get-go.
Citing Israeli officials who have confirmed fresh details that have come
to light, Army Radio says that the incident appears to have been borne
out of a misunderstanding between the two men who brokered the
cease-fire – US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon – and the Israeli government.
Deja vu all over again
Israel and the US accused Hamas of violating the cease-fire.
For his part, Hamas diplomatic bureau chief Khaled Mashaal claimed that
there was no violation of the truce, since Hamas never agreed to hold
its fire against IDF soldiers who were operating on Gazan soil in search
Israeli officials confirmed to Army Radio that in
retrospect Mashaal and Hamas never committed to a truce deal whereby it
pledged not to act against IDF troops in Gaza even though Washington led
the Israeli government to believe that Hamas did in fact promise to do
Just before the cease-fire went into effect, Israeli officials were wary that Hamas would exploit the truce in order to launch attacks against soldiers and civilians.
demanded two things from the Americans,” a diplomatic source in
Jerusalem is quoted as telling Army Radio. “We wanted a cease-fire, and
we wanted complete freedom of operation against the tunnels, without the
threat of coming under fire from Hamas.”
“We demanded it in
writing, that Hamas accepts these conditions,” the official said. “There
were also the statements to the press.”
Kerry broke the news of
the three-day, unconditional truce in a statement to the media. A UN
spokesperson also confirmed that as part of the cease-fire, IDF troops
would be permitted to remain in place, where they would have a free hand
to ferret out more tunnels. In other words, the perception in Israel
was that Hamas had agreed to hold their fire while the IDF searched for
tunnels in Gaza, what in hindsight turned out to be incorrect.
to Army Radio, the US misled Israel, though Israeli officials do not
believe there was any malicious intent on the part of Washington.
Nonetheless, the mishap and breakdown in communication between the Israeli government and the Obama administration was symptomatic of an overall deterioration in trust, something which was amplified during the Gaza operation.
? (Click that link for another figment of Kerry's imagination). Kerry is an amateur.
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