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article imageOp-Ed: What does the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas mean?

By Eliot Elwar     Nov 23, 2012 in World
The recent ceasefire agreement is simply a ruse designed by Iran, Syria, and Egypt in preparation for another attack. The truce gives Hamas and Hezbollah the opportunity to reorganize for another fight against Israel. The next fight will be more deadly.
Within the past week, the international community has diverted its attention from Iran and Syria to bring an end to the Israeli and Hamas hostilities. The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the European Union diplomats, and Arab League personnel flew to the Middle East where they successfully broker a temporary peace deal with the help of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, successfully maintained Egypt's peace with Israel while standing in support of the people in Gaza. Nevertheless, while the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday with joyful scenes among the ruins in Gaza, both sides still have their fingers on the trigger, according to Reuters.
For Hamas and other militant groups, the ceasefire agreement with Israel was their Hudna. Hudna means temporarily reducing hostilities against an enemy, often until tactically advantageous conditions exist to resume the attack. The first Hudna was employed in 628 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad entered into a peace-treaty with the elders of Quraysh. This pact was supposed to last for nine years, nine months, and nine days. However, less than two years later, when Muhammad’s troops became stronger, they violated their oath and attacked the Quraysh, defeating their enemy and conquering the city of Mecca, the holiest city in Islam, according to Honestreporting.
On 14 May 1948, the newly formed Israeli State was attacked by her Arab enemies, before the Israeli settlements in the West Bank or Gaza Strip, before Israel had control of East Jerusalem. The Arabs attacked again in 1956, and fighting erupted again in 1967, 1973, and 1982. In 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip, forcing thousands of Israelis to leave behind their homes and fields and greenhouses in the Gaza settlements. Rather than responding with peace efforts, the leadership in Gaza barraged southern Israel with rockets. Hamas, the terrorist group duly elected to govern Gaza, has continued to shoot rockets into Israel over the past seven years.
On 14 November 2012, Israel launched "Operation Pillar of Cloud," an effort designed to destroy Hamas missile stockpiles that resulted in a violent and destructive week. The Gaza militants rained down many missiles on Israel daily. Overnight, the Israeli Air Force and navy conducted numerous strikes on the Gaza Strip, focusing on military targets such as underground rocket launcher sites. Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system destroyed numerous rockets fired from Gaza on Ashkelon, Beersheba, Be'er Tuviya, Hof Ashkelon, and Ashdod. While hundreds of Hamas missiles were intercepted during the fighting, some missiles found their targets as they smashed through civilian homes.
Many Gaza residents have died following the Israeli air strikes, while a few Israelis were killed. The Gazans are to be pitied because their leaders hide their missile stockpiles and major weapons within civilian population centers. These people have endured living in refugee camp like conditions for years, with little constructive relief by their leaders. Despite donations over the years from different sources such as the U.N., the EU, and from the Mideast countries trying to improve the Gazan’s situation. The donations have been used to procure and build weapons by militants and radicals who have no interest in giving Gazans peaceful lives. The Gazans have been trained up to nurse their anger and hatred of Israel. The Gazans and militants long for Israel’s destruction more than their people’s safety and because Gazans are spurred on by their perfect hatred, they continue to support Hamas.
Negotiations leading to lasting peace can be realistically achieved with an enemy who shares the same objectives. However, Hamas, whose covenant calls for the slaughter of Jews worldwide, is not striving for real peace, but to completely destroy Israel. Hama rejects Israel's existence, it refuses to avoid using terrorism, and it rejects many past Israeli-Palestinian agreements, which include the terms created by the United States and the other members of the Middle East peacemakers for participation in the peace process. Because of its genocidal theology and crude anti-Semitism, Hamas cannot be induced to make peace. But it can be deterred from war.
Finally, if Israel wanted to annihilate the people of Gaza, it certainly has the military capability to do so. However, the Israelis do not seek the destruction or genocide of another people because they only want to deter their enemies, disarm their adversaries, and survive the conflicts. However, Hamas and many other militant groups in the region plan for the total destruction of Israel by employing the tactics of Hudna. Therefore, the recent ceasefire agreement is simply deception designed for Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups to reorganize for another fight against Israel. The next fight could evolve into another major Arab-Israeli war.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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