On Wednesday night, Israel rejected a ceasefire offer from Hamas and approved a plan to intensify airstrikes in Gaza.
The truce offer from Hamas was made through the Russian foreign ministry. A Hamas official was quoted as saying that the group would halt attacks on a “mutual basis” with Israel.
According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ministers in the Israeli security cabinet agreed unanimously to reject the ceasefire and continue bombing Gaza. The cabinet then voted to escalate the attacks indefinitely.
“The campaign is still far from over,” a cabinet member said, according to YNet. “Whatever we don’t do now, we will have to do in six months or a year from now.”
Another cabinet member quoted by Ynet said: “This will not end in the next few days. Israel will not stop and has no interest in stopping. It is all moving in the right direction. We will act until they admit that opening fire was a mistake … When we have hit all our targets, and the other side has still not surrendered, we will launch a ground operation even though we do not seek it.”
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz made similar comments on Wednesday. “Israel is not preparing for a ceasefire. There is currently no end date for the operation. Only when we achieve complete quiet can we talk about calm,” he said.
Throughout Wednesday, Israeli airstrikes pounded Gaza, and rockets were launched into Israel. As of Thursday in Gaza, at least 83 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes, including 17 children. Seven Israelis have been killed by Gaza rockets, including one child and one soldier.
The latest violence was sparked by planned evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. After days of Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters and Israeli police storming the al-Aqsa mosque, firing rubber bullets and tear gas, rockets were fired out of Gaza.
While Israelis have been killed this week due to rockets from Gaza, the first barrage did minimal damage and only “lightly injured” one Israeli. But as usual, the Israeli response was disproportionate. In the first round of Israeli airstrikes, 20 Palestinians were killed, including 10 children. According to eyewitnesses, the strikes targeted a crowded neighborhood in Gaza. Among the slain were two siblings, ages seven and eleven, who were killed while playing in the street.
The first round of Israeli strikes provoked more rocket attacks from Gaza and gave the Israelis the excuse they need to order a major offensive.
The US is standing behind Israel’s latest onslaught. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday reaffirmed the US’s “ironclad” commitment to Israel. President Biden spoke with Netanyahu and asserted Israel’s “right to defend itself.” At the UN Security Council, the US has twice blocked a statement calling condemning the violence and calling for a de-escalation.
16 thoughts on “Israel Rejects Hamas Truce Offer, Says Gaza Campaign ‘Far From Over’”
The US is handcuffed in irons, it’s supposed leaders only able to throw gasoline on the Israeli fire. We must pressure politicians to stop arming Israel, or at least make US support conditional. The world sees this US/Israeli brutality for what it is. At least this may derail ambitions for grand coalitions to attack China, Russia, Iran and others. Israel acts as a murderous arsonist to US foreign policy, not an ally.
“Israel acts as a murderous arsonist”
wars r u.s.: I’m surprised your post wasn’t deleted like two of mine were yesterday regarding Israel.
Your posts weren’t deleted because they were regarding Israel. You can post here, or you can engage in Jew-baiting. You can’t do both. Your call.
You call it however you see fit.
come on, who is burning whom?
Your denseness is astounding.
What was that about my ancestors (American whites) being monsters? Maybe your present kin are no better.
The only people who don’t see it as genocide are Americans.
India, Kurdistan, Macron, maybe Japan (I dunno).
If Israel undermines potential “grand coalitions”… I’m feeling pro-Israel.
Welcome to Stalingrad…
The Zionists have death grip on the pols, the deep state, the banks, and the media. They know they can do anything, even these outrageous, sick, and cowardly turkey shoots; and no-one can touch them. No wonder where anti-Semitism comes from, …and nothing to do with killing Jesus.
What frightens me is whenever Israel fails, it will be looking for someone to blame. That’s partly why I want out of the region. If we’re neutral, they cant imagine America destroyed them.
Gotta clear out old missiles off the shelf to make room for the next shipment.
When you make the decision to attack first you must also be willing to accept the consequences of your aggressions. One side escalated a dispute into a shooting battle. At this point any form of retaliation is on the table.
When you choose to launch rockets at innocent women and children you need to understand that you’re also risking the lives of your own people, many of them innocent.
The lesson is simple – don’t shoot rockets at people unless you’re willing to accept the repercussions. If you go looking for a fight you often get exactly what you asked for. When you pick that fight with someone vastly more capable then yourself it’s not going to end well for you.
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