Israel ‘unanimously rejects Kerry ceasefire proposal’

gaza cityThis post is short, because the story consists only of blog posts. The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Friday, the 18th day of Operation Protective Edge. Israel’s government and Hamas officials were considering a ceasefire offer advanced by US Secretary of State John Kerry.Read more.

Insanity defined – Kerry promises $47 million to Gaza

kerry 2Israel buried her war dead while continuing the grim task of destroying Hamas tunnel network.  Meanwhile, the ever-flaccid John Kerry, after griping about Israel, “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight,” announced $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza.

Kerry didn’t fly to Israel.  You see, he wasn’t invited there. Instead, he flew to Cairo, to insert himself into ongoing ceasefire talks. So instead of “sitting around” in Washington with no role in the negotiations, he’s sitting around in Cairo, with no role in the negotiations.

Why on earth would anyone expect that this money would be spent differently by Hamas than every other grant, aid, or transfer to Hamas, ever?  Instead of building homes, they build tunnels.  Instead of building bomb shelters for people, they build rockets.  Mr. Kerry, haven’t you heard the phrase “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”?

Our State Department and the UN act as if Israel is their enemy.

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Kerry, aides, undergo metal detector screening

PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-US-CONFLICT-GAZA-DIPLOMACYSecretary of State John Kerry defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that’s left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians dead.

Kerry’s arrival in Israel came as Israeli troops battled Hamas militants near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area.

It also came as Israel closed the border crossing into Gaza at Erez “until further notice,” citing the heavy fighting.

Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks.

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