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Cease-fire “breached” by Hamas attacks

Posted by Richard on June 26, 2008

[Updated Wednesday evening] 

The "cease-fire" that Israel negotiated with Hamas (in exchange for what?) has been "breached" by rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. What a surprise.

Of course, the cease-fire won't be officially broken (according to al-Reuters and al-AP) until Israel retaliates.

As long as the corrupt and cowardly Ehud Olmert is in control, that may be a while. 

UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long, and Israel didn't even have to physically retaliate:

Hamas: Closing crossings breaks truce

The IDF on Wednesday closed Gaza's cargo crossings in response to the previous day's Kassam rocket attacks that violated the truce between Israel and Gaza terrorists.

The IDF said all crossings had been closed except for the Erez pedestrian terminal.

The truce began six days ago, and on Sunday, Israel began incrementally increasing the amount of goods entering Gaza.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Wednesday's closure violated the cease-fire and another Hamas spokesman, Taher Nunu, called on Egypt, which mediated the truce, to intervene. "We will not accept leaving our people hostages to this policy," said Nunu.

If closing a border crossing violates the cease-fire, what about firing rockets at Israel? Hamas dismissed that, saying they weren't responsible, and made it clear that you'll never see "Hamas holding a rifle in the face of a resistance fighter."

Just how weak and cowardly is Olmert? If this story can be believed, he equated Israel striking back when attacked with "aggression" and promised not to do it: 

Meanwhile, Al-Kabas reported that Israel had assured Egypt that it would refrain from responding militarily to Tuesday's Kassam attacks.

The Kuwaiti newspaper quoted "well informed" Egyptian sources as saying that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the guarantee to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during their meeting in Sharm e-Sheikh Tuesday. Olmert reportedly said that Israel would not carry out any "aggression" in the event that one of the Palestinian factions violates the terms of the truce.

If that's true, it's utterly contemptible. When will the citizens of Israel rid themselves of this slug? 

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