Comment: Carter confirms IDF broke June 2008 truce

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
On December 29, I explained the fact –well-known within Israel– that it was the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), not Hamas, which broke the June 2008 truce brokered by Egypt. Specifically, I mentioned the November 4, 2008, illegal incursion into Gaza by a sizeable IDF team, reportedly to take out a “strip tunnel intended for terror attack”, which unilaterally broke the truce. Israel has offered no proof for its justification of the incursion, either domestically or internationally. The Israeli press has long recognized that it was after this unilateral breaking of the ceasefire by the IDF that “[t]he fragile five-month truce began to unravel”. On November 13, Ha’aretz noted that it was in response to this action that Hamas forces resumed their rocket fire against Israeli settlements. It has now come to my attention that a January 8, 2009, article in The Washington Post by former US President Jimmy Carter has also pointed out this fact. Carter clearly states that the “fragile [June 2008] truce was partially broken on Nov. 4, when Israel launched an attack in Gaza to destroy a defensive tunnel being dug by Hamas inside the wall that encloses Gaza”. To my knowledge, this is the only mention of the flagrant violation of the ceasefire by the IDF in the US mainstream press. If others exist, I would like to know it. The American mainstream’s alignment with Israel remains unshaken. Last Thursday, the US Senate passed a near-unanimous resolution in “support for Israel in its fight against terrorism”. The vote was initiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). The Washington, DC-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) praised the US Senate for conveying “America’s unequivocal and steadfast support for Israel’s right to self-defense”. A similar resolution was passed in the US House of Representatives, where only five members were brave enough to reject it. They were Nick Rahall (D-WV), Ron Paul (R-TX), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Maxine Waters (D-CA).

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2 Responses to Comment: Carter confirms IDF broke June 2008 truce

  1. analyst says:

    Interesting. Even though the IDF broke the ceasefire 90% of Isrealis support ongoing military action against Hamas.

    Personally I am skeptical Israel can completly destroy Hamas. Even in Iraq suicide bombers and car bombs still happen.

    The only chance I believe Israel has is the annapolis peace process which is probally through. The Fatah goverment looks incredibly weak and the only chance is for Palestians to accept Abbas and reject Hamas. While tony Blair trys to help with economic recovery.

    terisom is like rugs. If people want to they can always slip through. IE anybody can still go out and lob rocets.

  2. intelNews says:

    You make a good point. I agree that Fatah is getting weaker –indeed, increasingly irrelevant– in the entire context of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. In fact, I believe that the current Israeli military incursion into Gaza will result in an unprecedented strengthening of Hamas, causing it to become the primary agent of Palestinian national aspirations. Israeli military actions in Palestine usually strengthen the most radical Palestinian factions. We shall see. [JF]

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