The Israeli-Gazan Ceasefire

It was announced about two days ago (24th August, 2014) that both Israel and Hamas have agreed to an Egyptian brokered “indefinite ceasefire”.

Unlike the previous truces pleaded for by the United Nations for humanitarian purposes, this one is expected to go on for more than a few hours or days. It is expected that this truce will mark the end of the August 2014 Israeli-Gazan war.

Related: Hamas is prepared to fight again.

For some reason which I cannot understand, Hamas is celebrating “victory”. Three of their leaders are dead, and thousands of Palestinians have been killed, wounded, displaced and homeless. Hamas didn’t get one-tenth of their demands met and the same ceasefire agreement was available about a month ago.

Have Hamas run out of rockets?

Earlier in the war, Hamas kept firing away with the rockets like a child who digs an ants nest but doesn’t know how to cool it, as the saying goes. But for once, they are willing to accept an indefinite ceasefire. What could be the cause of that? One theory is that they have run out of rockets or that Israel has destroyed too many of their rocket launchers. Another theory is that they could be mourning the death (or celebrating the martyrdom) of three of their leaders.

Related: Hamas says “for every one leader martyred forty will rise”.

Still, I do not think that these conditions are pressuring enough to cause Hamas to want to accept an indefinite ceasefire. It’s like they’re saying “please stop the bombing because we’re pissing all over our skins here”. And why is Hamas pissing all over their skins? Probably because Israel blew all the toilets out from under them. And with all that rubble in the streets, Hamas should be totally pissed by now.

Stop firing those rockets, for the love of God!

Israel warned Hamas several years ago, and they warned the people of Palestine also, that it is difficult to carry out a war against Hamas because of Hamas’ tactics of using children as human shields and other factors. Israel also warned them that a war against Hamas would mean “an all-out war against the people of Palestine”.

Today I heard on the news that both sides are celebrating victory, but I simply do not see any victory in this war. If Hamas had spent all the money they spent on building tunnels, buying rockets and installing rocket launchers…if Hamas had spent all that money on the education, infrastructure, businesses, houses and hospitals of the people of Palestine, the people would be living lives of prosperity and happiness today, and none of this “bagunca” would have happened in the first place, would it?

My heart breaks for the people of Palestine.

My heart breaks for the people of Palestine, but I hope they will wake up and realize that Hamas is their real enemy. It reminds of the old saying “we have seen the enemy and they are us”. And I hope Hamas will wake up too one day and realize that they are their real enemies. Jeopardizing the leaves of innocent people is NOT OK.

Related: The photo that touched my heart.

I remembered when I was taking typing lessons from the Mavis Beacon training software, I went over a quotation several times. It read like this:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children….” – U.S President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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