NUMBER OF TERRORIST MISSILES THAT HAVE HIT SOUTHERN ISRAEL SINCE THE CEASEFIRE AGREED TO BY BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ON NOVEMBER 21, 2012:
UPDATE 9 am Israel time Sunday:
*For all of the talk coming from Netanyahu and Barak about how the ceasefire document with Hamas was “unsigned” and “purposefully vague” and “does not obligate Israel to actually open crossings and relax restrictions on Hamas”, Israel began relaxing restrictions on Hamas yesterday–barely 24 hours after the missile fire stopped. The Netanyahu government doubled the area in which Gazan fishermen can fish from three miles (5 km) to six miles (10 km).
Your humble servant can hardly wait to see what “goodies” Netanyahu and Barak will offer Hamas today.
*Not to be left out of the victory celebrations in Gaza, Fatah (aka the PLO, aka the Palestinian Authority, aka Mahmoud Abbas) announced that it had fought side by side with Hamas in the recent eight day war to “continue to defend the heroic Palestinian people against Israeli crimes and massacres.” The military wing of Fatah, the Al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade, announced that it had fired 516 missiles at southern Israel.
Your humble servant wonders what “goodies” Netanyahu and Barak will now offer to the Abbas and the PLO?
*One of the reasons that Netanyahu was in such a hurry to bring the war with Hamas to an end was nothing more than political crassness. Today the Likud primaries are taking place, and Netanyahu is doing all he can to get Likud’s 125,000 members to vote on who will be on the Likud list of candidates in the January 22nd general election. Apparently, Netanyahu’s biggest fear is that Likudniks “on the right” will turn out to vote while “liberal Likudniks” will stay home (the degree to which Netanyahu has abandoned his own party’s principles is astonishing).
Of course, many Likudniks are irate over what they consider Netanyahu’s sell-out to Hamas, and a “Stop Bibi” movement has sprung up in the last three days. Other groups, one of the most prominent of which is “Your Path–Our Path” consisting of Likud party members here in southern Israel, have published lists of candidates that they want people to vote for. In all, 97 candidates are competing for 25 spots.
Tomorrow we will find out how Likud voted and whether that vote is an indictment of Netanyahu’s handling of the Hamas conflict.
One of the most nauseating aspects of the entire ceasefire debacle with Hamas was the way that the United States and Israel fawningly slobbered all over President Morsi of Egypt. Hillary Clinton led the slobbering with statements like this: “Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace” [of course, the reason it was such a cornerstone was because of Hosni Mubarak–the man President Obama and Hillary Clinton threw under the bus] . . . “I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence.”
Think about this for a moment.
Here we have the President of Egypt, a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, a champion of Hamas, an Islamist who refuses to talk to Israelis or even mention the name “Israel”—now being assigned the role of policing an agreement between Hamas and Israel and becoming the de facto “protector” of Israel.
It is simply mind boggling that Israel would agree to such an arrangement–and it is the supreme indicator of just how low Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen.
*By the way, as you undoubtedly know, on Thursday, the day after receiving all of the accolades from Clinton, Obama, and Netanyahu, the “peacemaking” President Morsi assumed dictatorial powers in Egypt quashing the judiciary and making dissent against him illegal. This is the man whom President Obama has hailed as emblematic of the democratic “Arab Spring”, and the man who is now the cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy.
This morning violent clashes continue across Egypt in protest over President Morsi’s new dictatorship. Welcome to the new Middle East.
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