Early Friday Hamas agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire but within hours had violated the agreement. Israel claims that Hamas used the cease-fire as cover to conduct a surprise attack through a tunnel. The attack killed two IDF soldiers and took one hostage. Of course, once again, every main stream news source is pointing the finger at Israel. However, the White House has done an about-face by condemning what they call a "barbaric" violation of a humanitarian ceasefire. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinked called on world leaders to join condemnations of Hamas' actions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, "Hamas, the Islamist group that governs Gaza, wants an end to an economic blockade by Israel and Egypt, while Israel wants to demilitarize and disarm the coastal enclave." This appears to be where the contention lies between Israel and Hamas regarding the ceasefire. Gaza wants Israel to open it's borders. We should remember that before Israel built its much-criticized wall, terrorists were sending suicide bombers (some of whom were women and children) across the border into Israel. Gaza is crying foul on Israel for the blockade and blaming them for their economic condition. Gaza needs to be reminded they were the ones who voted to have Hamas as their leader.
It's hard to understand how Hamas can continually be portrayed as the victim when just days ago in an interview with CBS' Charlie Rose, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal stated that Hamas would never recognize a state of Israel. He went on to say, "When Israel practically commits itself to withdraw from Gaza completely and the West Bank without any settlements, and if we have Jerusalem as our capital and the return of the refugees is there, then we will reach peace."
Hamas insists they, not Israel have a right to the land. They want Israel gone. Period. What is never mentioned in the rationale for this assumption is that Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, two thousand years before the rise of Islam. Hamas wants Jerusalem as their capitol. That's odd because King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is mentioned over eight hundred times in the Bible, while it is not mentioned one time in the Koran. Muslims have had little or no interest in Jerusalem until the Jewish presence in modern times.
Bottom line, in its brief history, Israel has had one war after another and each time they are blamed as the aggressor. Hamas does not recognize the right of Israel to exist and are in a constant state of hostility against Israel. Their aim is to destroy Israel. How can there be peace?