March 11, 2008


Senior security official confirms lull agreement with Hamas: Now it's official: Despite Olmert's denials, defense official confirms agreement between Hamas, Israel worked out via Egyptian mediation; Israel to refrain from massive Gaza attacks in exchange for end to rocket fire (Israel News, 3/11/08)

Violence in Gaza to end, for now: Despite earlier denials by top officials in Jerusalem, a senior defense official has confirmed Tuesday that an agreement on a lull in Gaza Strip fighting has been worked out.

In a conversation with French news agency AFP, the security official said that an agreement that would see an end to Israeli military operations in the Strip in exchange for an end to rocket attacks on Israel has been finalized via Egyptian mediation efforts.

According to the defense source, who asked to remain anonymous, Egypt played an active role in reaching the agreement in the aims of bringing about a truce that would see the Israeli "siege" on Gaza lifted.

Israel just keeps incurring these self-inflicted wounds in exchange for the momentary meaningless pleasure of attacking Palestine.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2008 2:52 PM

"O.K., it's a deal. We won't kill a few of your civilians with strategically pointless rocker attacks, and you stop invading our territory at will and kicking our @$$es."

That's a win-win agreement that would make the Palestinians' lives better for sure, and if followed would represent the exercise of uncommon rational self-interest on their part.

Which is why I predict that the rockets will start flying again in under a week.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at March 11, 2008 4:01 PM

1) Hamas shoots rockets at Israel.
2)Israel attacks Hamas to get them to stop shooting rockets at Israel.
3) Hamas agrees to stop shooting rockets at Israel

ergo, Hamas wins? What?

Posted by: Brandon at March 11, 2008 4:29 PM

Israel's Founding was #2. The rest follows.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2008 5:15 PM

You can't see the trees for the forest.

See, I can be cryptic too.

Posted by: Brandon at March 11, 2008 6:56 PM

The forest is demographics. Israel's toast.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2008 7:47 PM

At least someone around here gets it.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 12, 2008 8:35 AM

So because someone is going to die in 40 years, they shouldn't object to getting shot right now?

Posted by: Brandon at March 12, 2008 11:11 AM

They're welcome to object, they're objections are just hypocritical.

Posted by: oj at March 12, 2008 2:15 PM
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