18 Jan 2009

Hamas ceasefire declared

Obviously killing all those kids and Israeli trained doctors tends to provoke more violence but Hamas have declared cease fire...can't find the statement but this is what is in the news

Hamas and allies declare ceasefire

Hamas and their allied Palestinian factions have announced an immediate one-week ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, giving Israel a week to pull out of the territory.

The move, following a meeting of the factions in Damascus on Sunday, comes a day after Israel called a unilateral truce, ending its 22-day offensive in Gaza which led to the deaths of 1,203 Palestinians.

"Hamas and the factions announce a ceasefire in Gaza starting immediately and give Israel a week to withdraw," Ayman Taha, a senior Hamas official talking from Cairo, said.

Hamas also demanded that Israel open all of the Gaza Strip's border crossings to allow in food and other goods to meet the "basic needs for our people".

Israel had already said on Sunday that it will not consider a timetable for withdrawing all of its forces from the Gaza Strip until Hamas and other militants cease their fire.

Cease rocket fire

Palestinian factions have continued to fire rockets into southern Israel since the beginning of the offensive, killing three Israelis, out of a total of 13 Israelis that have died since the begining of the war.


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They have also been fighting Israel's ground forces which enterd the Gaza Strip in the second week of the offensive.

An end to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel was the stated aim of the Israeli offensive.

Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire on Saturday, with Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, stating that they had achieved their objectives.

"We have reached all the goals of the war, and beyond," he said. "[But] if our enemies decide to strike and want to carry on, then the Israeli army will regard itself as free to respond with force."

Olmert also said the war boosted Israel's deterrence and that Hamas's actions would decide when the military would withdraw.

"This operation strengthened the deterrence of the state of Israel in the face of all those who threaten us," he said.

"If Hamas completely stops its attacks, we will judge at what moment we will leave the Gaza Strip."

'Symbolic victory'

However, Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza City, said some in the Gaza Strip are claiming a victory for Hamas and other Palestinian factions on an operational and symbolic level.

"On an operational level on the last day of the war and even after the war Palestinian factions are still capable of firing rockets, no doubt about that.

"In fact, more than a dozen or so have been fired today according to the factions here on the ground.

"On a symbolic level, at the end of the day the Palestinian people remain here on the ground, having paid a very heavy price though.

"Their position was one of steadfast defiance. The fact that they can stay and essentially ... claim that they have been able to stave off this aggression, in terms of the leadership and the command and control structure of Hamas and the government here, is certainly a sign for many here that they have been victorious."
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies


Anonymous said...

Those guys are Morons, there is NO victory in war and I am amazed you post this crapt.

Anonymous said...

What's the aim of this document, to show how stupid the Palestinians are?
I really don't know if you posted this document to show their stupidity, or you really find some sense in those useless sentences
As what did HAMAS accomplished and what did the Israelis Accomplish?
Its back to stage one, even worth, as if Hamas will start their Rockets again, The IDF is deep in their throat now and the strike will be ten times stronger.
Did the Palestinian have were to go "The fact that they can stay" if the borders with Egypt were open, you had few lest, but the Egyptian didn't want The Palestinians too.

Instead of counting their HEROIC stupid victory, I would expect to see some logic or message to try and solve their problem and not to ride on a victory wave that never existed.

I really think that posting this document, makes more harm to the Palestinians and you as a moderator or someone that tries to help them, is doing a very bad job..

Bluegrass Pundit said...

Israel unilaterally declared a ceasefire yesterday. Of course it quickly vanished when Hamas fired five rockets into Israel. Hamas does not want to cease fire unless it is on their therms. They are concerned about looking defeated in the eyes of the Arab world. In truth, they have been defeated from a military standpoint. The vanishing Israeli cease fire

Raphael said...

Look at this video of Hamas rep in the UK speaking at the London demo; remember the war was not finished with its loads of sufferings and victims. But he had only good news. Already, it was "victory for Hamas".

Listen carefully. Each word.

Jim at the Daily Maybe thinks he is bonkers, i.e. he does not take him seriously. You should always take fascists seriously.


Anonymous said...

sStop glorifying those horrible wankers at Hamas Derek. You're a middle class white man not some kind of man-of-the-people revolutionary. They wouldn't like you (or put up with you)for a minute. The rank and file Palestinians deserve better and hopefully if they can shed the jew-hating religious baggage, there's a slim chance they might get it.

Anonymous said...

This guy watched many Hitler speeches.
He is a rat, but sounds and moves like him, he only needs a Moustache and to raise his hand.
The Palestinians deserve what they voted for…………….
Excuse me, he says he dose not believe in democracy…….

I take him very seriously, as this is the way Hamas thinks and accordingly they act.

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