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ANALYSIS: Stunned by Israel's fierce response, Hamas sends distress signals
The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 9, 2014 | Khaled Abu Toameh

Posted on 07/10/2014 5:04:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Despite fiery statements issued by Hamas spokesmen over the past 48 hours, it was obvious Tuesday night that the Islamist movement was searching for ways to rid itself of the current escalation.

Hamas feels that it has been forced into a confrontation with Israel – one that it did not want at this stage because of its increased isolation and financial crisis.

The massive Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours have surprised Hamas and other Palestinian groups. Hamas apparently expected a limited response to the recent rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns. But as the IDF intensified its strikes against Hamas targets – including the homes of some of its top commanders – it became clear to the movement’s leaders that Israel means business.

On Tuesday night, Hamas spokesmen were sending distress signals to various parties. The organization is concerned that if the IDF operation continues for another few days, the movement will pay a very heavy price – one that could even bring about an end to Hamas’s rule over the Gaza Strip.

Hamas accused Israel of “crossing all the redlines” by bombing the homes of its military commanders. This shows that Hamas did not expect Israel to take such a drastic move. Less than 24 hours after the beginning of the IDF offensive, Hamas talked about the need to return to the truce that was reached with Israel in 2012.

A spokesman for Hamas’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, listed this demand as part of his movement’s effort to end the current confrontation. The spokesman called for an end to the IDF crackdown on Hamas members in the West Bank, which began after the abduction and murder of three Israeli youths last month.

On Tuesday night, Hamas and other Palestinian groups appealed to Egypt and Arab countries to intervene to stop the IDF operation. Given Hamas’s bad relations with the Egyptian authorities, it’s unlikely that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would rush to save the movement that is openly aligned with his enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Palestinian Authority, which has condemned the Israeli “aggression,” is also unlikely to make a big effort to save Hamas from destruction. In fact, President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction would be happy to see Hamas severely defeated.

Hamas is beginning to feel the heat and that’s why its leaders, who have gone into hiding, are seeking an “honorable” way out of the confrontation, which, they say, they didn’t want to begin with.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hamas; iran; israel; jihad; kenyanbornmuzzie; lebanon; stih; terrorism; waronterror
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1 posted on 07/10/2014 5:04:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finish it this time, Israel.


2 posted on 07/10/2014 5:05:26 PM PDT by moovova
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let them denounce Mad Mo’ as a precondition.


3 posted on 07/10/2014 5:06:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Burn Baby Burn!!!!


4 posted on 07/10/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT by dc27
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

PEACE…?

Eh…yeah, that’s when one side WINS.


5 posted on 07/10/2014 5:06:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Israel needs to let loose all restraint and come after them like the Terminator.


6 posted on 07/10/2014 5:07:05 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: moovova

Israel won’t finish Hamas, but they will make sure that their ability to send rockets into Israel is severely degraded for several years. That’s pretty much what Netanyahu and the IDF says in the news.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 5:07:55 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

8 posted on 07/10/2014 5:09:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know, the funny thing about starting a war, you never know what direction the war will take. You really have to be careful about it. Hamas, backed by the ‘international community’ whenever things got hot, may have miscalculated this time. Oh well.


9 posted on 07/10/2014 5:09:30 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: fhayek

What is common between a snowstorm, war and sex?

Answer: One never knows how long it will last.


10 posted on 07/10/2014 5:12:05 PM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst president ever, Jimmy Carter is relieved!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now that Hamas is asking for help, Obama will try and force Israel into a cease fire.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 5:14:59 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Khaled, y’all killed three children. You will pay.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 5:15:27 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You F with the Bull, you get the (Kosher) horns.

They ain't a makin' Jews like Jesus anymore...

13 posted on 07/10/2014 5:17:51 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thus explaining Mullah Obama’s desperate call to Netanyahu. “Please stop, I’ll negotiate a cease fire. My muzzie friends are getting wiped out!”


14 posted on 07/10/2014 5:18:04 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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They only question, did they send signals to Obama first, or are they just like minded.

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15 posted on 07/10/2014 5:19:41 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Keep going, IDF, don't stop short!

Hey, democrats, let's role-play November-style: We'll be the IDF and you guys are Hamas. Sound like funzies? Didn't think you'd like that kind of a drubbing...

16 posted on 07/10/2014 5:21:42 PM PDT by W. (Obama's "residency" has been nothing but a form of welfare for his family, friends and supporters.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just heard on the radio driving home from work than 0bama called Netanyahu and told him that he would be willing to broker peace talks between Israel and Hamas.

Just as Hamas is panicking over the Israeli response to the recent rocket attacks.

What timing.


17 posted on 07/10/2014 5:23:00 PM PDT by CheneyClone
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To: Feckless

“They ain’t a makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore... “

Just wait till he comes back before you decide on that!


18 posted on 07/10/2014 5:24:04 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When you have Hamas (terrorists) openly crying for help and not posturing as usual, you know you’re doing something right. If only Obama was capable of learning.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 5:26:26 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Truth29
So now that Hamas is asking for help, Obama will try and force Israel into a cease fire.

That is exactly what will happen. What a POS.

20 posted on 07/10/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Two Imperials, except Nero was a better fiddler, and didn't need a pen or a phone)
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To: Feckless

Well you could hear that redneck hollar,
as he hit that hardwood floor:
“They ain’t makin’ Jews,
like Jesus anymore.”


21 posted on 07/10/2014 5:29:27 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>Hamas accused Israel of “crossing all the redlines” by bombing the homes of its military commanders.

Oh, I guess bombing the houses of Israeli innocents might have something to do with this.


22 posted on 07/10/2014 5:29:34 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Mark17; Truth29

I believe that Israel’s cease-fire days are over.

Those that rule Israel are not ignorant of Bible prophecy like most Americans are; they know “what time it is” on Yehova’s clock quite well.

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23 posted on 07/10/2014 5:32:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The blood-lusting savage terrorists (hamas) didn’t want the confrontation to begin with? I guess they were sending rockets full of skittles and love to the Israelis. One can only hope that the Israelis kill every one of these subhuman terrorist insects.


24 posted on 07/10/2014 5:35:17 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: CheneyClone

Why would Bibi take his call?


25 posted on 07/10/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: gaijin

Or, as Jefferson put it: “Peace, that bright, shining moment when everyone is furiously reloading”.

CC


26 posted on 07/10/2014 5:35:41 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Lake Living; Feckless
“They ain’t a makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore... “

Just wait till he comes back before you decide on that!

You are correct Lake. What the IDF is doing, is a drop in the ocean, compared to what Jesus will do when He returns.

27 posted on 07/10/2014 5:35:57 PM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Two Imperials, except Nero was a better fiddler, and didn't need a pen or a phone)
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To: Feckless

>> “They ain’t a makin’ Jews like Jesus anymore.” <<

.
I’d say that their ruling class is just as tough as Yeshua was when he threw hundreds of sellers tables off of Mt. Moriyah, and whipped the sellers.
.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 5:36:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
You don't look Jewish, near as I could figger...

Had you lamped for a slightly anemic, well dressed country...

29 posted on 07/10/2014 5:36:41 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: editor-surveyor

Looks like Hamas has sent out an SOS to Barky. He wants to get involved all of a sudden.


30 posted on 07/10/2014 5:37:58 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind.


31 posted on 07/10/2014 5:38:43 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Be a part of the American freedom migration: freestateproject.org)
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To: Mark17

>> “What the IDF is doing, is a drop in the ocean, compared to what Jesus will do when He returns.” <<

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There’s a whole bunch of stuff that has to happen before that!
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32 posted on 07/10/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Poor babies...


33 posted on 07/10/2014 5:43:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Well, he did promise that he had the terrorists’ back...


34 posted on 07/10/2014 5:44:17 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: moovova; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Finish it this time, Israel.

From your keyboard to Netanyahu's ears.

35 posted on 07/10/2014 5:45:21 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: editor-surveyor

So true. :-)


36 posted on 07/10/2014 5:46:19 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hamas is on the ropes....no time to pull punches....

Go for the knock out....


37 posted on 07/10/2014 5:47:13 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hamas accused Israel of “crossing all the redlines” by bombing the homes of its military commanders.

It is simply very difficult to feel sorry for someone who makes a routine practice of random rocket attacks on anyone who happens to be downrange and then figures his victims are required to adhere to some sort of measured response. Technically, though, the Israelis are showing considerable restraint: they're doing precise targeting, a thing Hamas doesn't bother with.

38 posted on 07/10/2014 5:48:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Hamas must have been feeling like a wallflower lately, being the only Islamic terrorist group not involved in a bloody war of some kind in the Middle East.

But once Hamas’s rockets starting reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Bibi Netanyahu had no choice but to declare No more Mr. Nice Guy, and go after Hamas with everything the IDF has.

Mr. Assad of Syria and Mr. Maliki of Iraq are painful examples of what happens when leaders fail to take strong immediate action against terrorist organizations that suddenly decide to rebel against them. Hamas must be finished off.

Bibi Netanyahu should not waste a minute talking with Barack Obama, Hamas’s supporter, about negotiating a cease fire with Hamas. Instead, he should devote every minute to getting rid of every one of Hamas’s leaders so there won’t be anyone left for Israel to negotiate with.


39 posted on 07/10/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Get the job done this time, Israel! If you keep leaving the enemy alive, it only regroups and rearms and relaunches attacks against you again

geeeee.... as smart as Jewish people are reputed to be (just look at all those Nobel prizes!!!!!!!!~ amazing!!!!!!) — you’d think the Isr govt could learn this so very very simple lesson of basic survival?


40 posted on 07/10/2014 5:51:38 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Hamas accused Israel of “crossing all the redlines” by bombing the homes of its military commanders.”

Boo frackin hoo.


41 posted on 07/10/2014 5:51:41 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Typical Arabs and Mooslims.

Attack first, then retreat as a victim.

Rinse, repeat....

They want everyone to martyr themselves for the cause . . . Just not themselves. . .


42 posted on 07/10/2014 5:53:42 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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the confrontation, which, they say, they didn’t want to begin with.

No. They did not want a confrontation. They thought they had a right to a free shoot. Then those damn joos started shooting back. How inhumane!

43 posted on 07/10/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hamas is beginning to feel the heat and that’s why its leaders, who have gone into hiding, are seeking an “honorable” way out of the confrontation, which, they say, they didn’t want to begin with.

If Hamas' leadership survives intact, they will consider they have won. Israel needs to not stop until the leadership are all dead, or at least 75%+ are. That's the only thing that will make an impression.

44 posted on 07/10/2014 5:54:37 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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45 posted on 07/10/2014 5:56:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: CheneyClone

0bama called Netanyahu and told him that he would be willing to broker peace talks between Israel and Hamas.”

Would that be before or after he takes his two week vacation to Martha’s Vineyard?


46 posted on 07/10/2014 5:57:22 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Israel needs to slice off a 1 or 2 mile wide slice of Gaza at the northern end and force all the palies south of it. Then a week later do it again for another slice- maybe 5 miles. Repeat the process until all the palies are crowded into a space 10 miles wide at the Egyptian border. If they have not taken the hint and flooded into Sinai then the Israeli army needs to take off another 2 mile slice at the southern end of Gaza and airdrop a couple of million swim wings to the Palies and prepare for another slice.
47 posted on 07/10/2014 5:57:42 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Shock and Awe” Israeli style.


48 posted on 07/10/2014 5:58:52 PM PDT by BAW (Remind me what Richard Nixon did that was so bad he had to resign as president.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hamas out of money, big supporters, supplies, so why is it shooting at Israel?

I think they're trying to demonstrate their relevance, in order to drum up new funding.

49 posted on 07/10/2014 6:02:57 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tit for tat response prolongs war. It’s long past time for an aggrieved party to respond with overwhelming and relentless counter fire. The US wouldn’t have have its “ties” on the books if it still responded as it did in WW2


50 posted on 07/10/2014 6:03:49 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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