A Gift for the New President

Last night Olmert announced a unilateral ceasefire. Which means that Israel will stop initiating attacks and will only react, but will stay in Gaza for now.

This is nothing more than a gift given to Barak Obama. After he is sworn in and gets down to work, he needs to be able to say to the anti-Israel contingent in his government that the Israelis tried a ceasefire but Hamas didn’t do their part.

Hamas, of course, has continued to fire rockets at Israel. Last night, after the 2:00 am (Israel time) deadline, they fired rockets and Grad missiles at Israel, including Beersheva. The Pikud HaOref (Home Front Command) has announced that school will be closed today in most of the cities in the south, because they anticipate more rockets. Hamas has already come out with statements that they will not stop fighting. I believe them.

Both the Likud and Yisrael Beitenu have criticized the ceasefire, claiming that the army is ready to finish the job but the government is choking up. Avigdor Leiberman went so far as calling the ceasefire a “deathtrap”. They both have a point – but to be fair, I think that if the Likud were in power now they would do the same.

The only bright spot in this ceasefire is that maybe Israel intelligence will be able to pick up more information, if the Hamas operatives move out of their bunkers.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Becky
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 22:23:56

    Hello, I just found your blog via a web search. Wanted to say hello from the US, and that I’m an Israel supporter (as are many of us here). Praying for your soldiers and for your families in the face of the terrorists you are surrounded with. Our new president (BO) is an embarassment to me 😦 I hope you don’t mind my comment on your blog, and thanks for reading…

  2. westbankmama
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 04:14:41

    Becky – thanks for the comment and welcome to my blog. The liberals in Israel are thrilled with the idea of BO, just like in the States. Most of us on the right are gritting our teeth and hoping for the best.

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