by Felix Quigley
January 17, 2009
This short analysis by DEBKAfile explains best the ridiculous ceasefire plan that Rice and Olmert seem to have hatched. The Israeli people willnot wear it. Once again it does not answer the question
How to stop the Hamas rockets on Israel!
[begin DEBKAfile report here]
Gaza ceasefire: Israeli pledges to withdraw troops from Gaza, Hamas to keep shooting rockets
January 16, 2009, 10:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile‘s sources reveal the outline of an evolving ceasefire accord, dismissed as farcical by a furious Israeli military command: Israel has promised the US and Egypt to start pulling its troops out of the Gaza Strip within days and, at some point, open the six border crossings. Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Livni, the group running the Gaza war, have approved this arrangement and will put it before the security cabinet Saturday night, Jan. 17.
Israel is therefore submitting to Hamas’ two main demands, while ending its three-week military operation without achieving its two primary goals: Hamas vows to keep on firing missiles until the last Israel soldier quits the Gaza Strip and neither of the memoranda Israel signed with the US and Egypt Friday, Jan. 16, guarantees to halt the flow of smuggled weapons into Gaza.
Next week, Hamas plans to grandstand its armed forces’ restored control over the Gaza Strip.