Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009
CNN: Israel who has Started the War not Hamas
Israel recognizes Hamas enough to have a ceasefire on paper, how is that?
throughout the year, Israel's blockade sustained a public health crisis disabling hospitals, forcing more than 1.5m people in gaza to drink dirty water, and slowly starving the entire area.
Israel recognizes Hamas enough to have a ceasefire on paper, but not enough to negotiate humanitarian relief. (The nominal relief provided was not enough to sustain a population of more than a million people with a completely destroyed infrastructure. How surprising.)
June 19, 2008, 6:00 AM: Through Egyptian mediation Hamas agrees to a six month cease-fire with Israel.
A five-month truce between Israel and the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip was foundering in september after Israeli special forces entered the besieged territory and fought Hamas militants, leaving six Palestinian fighters dead and four Israeli soldiers wounded.
The Israeli military described the operation as a pinpoint raid to destroy a 250-metre tunnel that it said the hardline Palestinian movement was digging under the border to try to kidnap an Israeli soldier as it did in the summer of 2006.
Hamas responded by firing more than 30 of its unguided Qassam rockets into southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries but reviving fears of the cross-border war of attrition that left scores of people dead most of them Palestinians before an Egyptian-mediated truce came into force in June.
War began when Israeli troops entered the central region of the Gaza Strip, which has been sealed off from the outside world since Hamas seized control 18 months ago. The unit attacked a house that was believed to be the starting point of the tunnel. Hamas fighters confronted the Israelis, using forces they have built up and trained into a guerrilla army since taking full control of Gaza. One Hamas militant was killed in the clashes, prompting a swift barrage of rocket fire at Israeli farming communities close to the Gaza boundary and in nearby Ashkelon, an Israeli coastal city. Israeli forces responded by firing at the rocket launchers, with an airstrike killing five more Hamas members as they tried to launch mortars into Israel.
1) There never was any cease-fire, there were daily provocations by both sides
and more importantly,
2) Israel has had a blockade on Gaza, not allowing much food, very little medicine and money to get in, effectively starving Gaza.
A blockade is an act of war. A cease fire while your opponent starves you to death is not quite peace.
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