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Monday, November 19, 2012

Meshaal claims Israel asked for cease fire to hold off ground invasion, Netanyahu denies it

Claiming that the Israeli government was surprised at his terror group's 'capabilities,' Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal announced on Monday that Israel has asked for a brief cease fire during which it will hold off a ground invasion in order to give longer-term cease fire negotiations more time. The Prime Minister's office denies asking for a cease fire, but admits that it agreed to hold off for a short time on sending in ground troops (earlier on Monday, a ground invasion was said to be hours away) in order to give negotiations a chance.
Mashaal stated that if Israel wants a truce, it must initiate the cease-fire as they started the war, adding that Hamas caught Israel "off-guard" with their weapons.
However, officials in the prime minister's office denied Mashaal's statement that Netanyahu had asked for a cease fire.
"We have been hitting Hamas very hard," the official said.
He explained that Israel had from the air attacked its weapons arsenal, its leadership, its buildings and communication apparatus.
"Hamas is under a lot of pressure and as a result they are saying many things, that are in no way connected to reality," he said.
Israel had agreed to briefly hold off on sending ground forces into Gaza, to allow time for cease-fire efforts to continue, an Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
“Israel prefers a diplomatic solution,” the official said.
But he added that any agreement must provide a real solution that would erase the threat of rocket attacks against Israel’s southern residents.
If such a diplomatic solution is not found, then Israel is preparing its ground forces to enter Gaza, the official said.
He spoke as negotiations for a cease-fire continued in Cairo, where UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon is expected to arrive later today.
Quartet Special Envoy Tony Blair told President Shimon Peres that Egypt, Qatar, America and the UN were working to put in place a ceasefire.
Peres said that he appreciated efforts by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to end the hostilities.
“Egypt is a significant player in the Middle East. Strangely, it is Hamas that doesn’t listen to the Egyptian President,” he said.
There is no such thing as a diplomatic solution that will erase the threat of rocket attacks on the south. There were even rocket attacks in the immediate aftermath of Operation Cast Lead four years ago, when Israel mounted a ground attack, but did not finish off Hamas. The only way to erase the threat of rocket attacks is to erase the terrorists.

What could go wrong?

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At 7:00 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

How about turning off their gas, electricity, water, and stopping all those dozens of trucks with the "humanitarian supplies". Only stupid Jews could fight them with one hand and help them with the other.

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will a 'diplomatic solution' include tying Egypt's billion plus in aid from the US to their blocking the shipment into Gaza of missiles from Iran and other sources?

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

My recommendation would be to kill Meshal. But not before making him yell "Jews are Great" and putting it on Youtube.


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