An Israeli newspaper says Tel Aviv begged the US to mediate a ceasefire during the 11-day military aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip that prompted the Palestinian resistance to retaliate with a massive rocket barrage.
Contrary to what is believed, Israel was the side trying to achieve a truce during the war, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Saturday.
According to the report, Tel Aviv repeatedly contacted the administration of US President Joe Biden to broker “a dignified ceasefire” by putting pressure on Egypt and some other countries.
After the Biden administration did not show much interest in intervening in the matter, Israel sent a message to Egypt calling on the North African state to intervene with the US approval, it added.
Sinwar: Another war will change face of Mideast
Yahya al-Sinwar, head of the Hamas movement in Gaza, said Saturday that resistance to the enemy proved that al-Aqsa Mosque has strong defenders and that defending the holy site is a strategic goal.
“If there is another war with the occupying regime, the face of the Middle East will change,” he said.
Sinwar said the recent war helped the resistance test its new missiles. “We had tested many of our missiles at sea and we had to test them on the ground.”
Israel’s goal, he said, was to “eliminate half of the resistance and return Gaza to where it was decades ago, but it failed miserably and our resistance survived, and if they return to fight, we will return as well.”
According to Sinwar, Israel intended to kill more than 10,000 members of the Gaza resistance, but failed to kill more than 90 fighters.
“After this great victory and after May 2021, we declare that we are no longer the group we used to be,” he said.
The head of the Hamas movement in Gaza also touched on the success rate of the Israeli strikes against the resistance tunnels, saying the attacks did not destroy more than three percent of the fortifications.
Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds.
The Gaza-based resistance groups did not sit idly by in the face of the Israeli onslaught. Appearing noticeably stronger than before, the Palestinian fighters took Israel by surprise with massive barrages of rockets.
A senior Hamas leader says the Gaza-based resistance movement has not yet used its “main assets” in its campaign against the Israeli regime’s acts aggression targeting Palestinians in the occupied territories and Gaza.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired 4,300 rockets towards different cities in the occupied lands during the war, which ended on May 21 after Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire that the resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.
The Gaza fighters struck the Red Sea port of Eilat, over 190 kilometres away using a new Ayyash-250 rocket.
Israeli media said 13 people were killed in the panic-stricken occupied territories and 357 others were injured, suggesting that the regime’s much-publicized “Iron Dome” missile system had failed in the face of the massive rocket fire.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said 253 Palestinians lost their lives in the Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.
When looking for proof of accomplishments, such as damage inflicted, sometimes it’s what you never see that tells the biggest story. Israel has yet to allow any proof of ‘minor damage’ they incurred from the barrages. As well, are the numbers of dead Israelis accurate? Yet we see all the damage they inflicted on Gaza and the death toll. I imagine there are many fleeing Israel even yet…that will likely continue, especially if Gantz tries his invasion BS and Israel gets to see what Hamas main weapons are. Israel should have known that their (and NATOs) tactic of massive attacks would be used on them someday. All the posturing in the world will not stop 100s of rockets/missiles at once. Funny how when NATO attacked Syria, that not one missile actually hit a designated target or caused any real damage…out of how many? 60+ the first round and over 100+ the second? And those weren’t bottle rockets either. Of course, due to attitude, altitude and flight time, those ‘bottle rockets’ are very hard to hit. Yes, all those ‘Israelis’ who are so hell bent on destroying Palestine will flee. I wonder if Putin is ready for all those ‘Russians’, who are by far the most numerous of invaders of Palestine, leaving Israel and heading ‘home’. Hmmm, possibly if enough ‘Russians’ leave Israel, will Russia re-evaluate their stance on Israel’s security?
Please, would someone be so kind as to get on here and let me know what Putin’s stance on Neo-Bullshevism is? Israel and the USA are the final bastions of the ‘Red Terror’. I can’t speak for Israel but >95% of the US is so dense it bends light on this subject (as well as many others).
In addition, Hamas Anti-tank missle squads took out at least 2 Merkava tanks and other armoured vehicles using what? Russian Kornet missles!!!! You won’t hear that in the zio-a$$ licking MSM. Tick tock, tick tock…the clock is ticking O’Israel, till thee shall not come Emanuel.
Agree! But as Douglas Reed said “the denouement will be extremely painful for all on earth at that time…” (The Controversy of Zion).
Many people knew all along that if the Zionists’ plans for Palestine and Palestinians were ever put in place, there would be an incalculable level of turmoil in the Middle East.
The Zionists may have figured they could handle anything. After all they gave us the word, “chutzpah,” plus they controlled all western governments.
But somehow I get the feeling their plans are not going according to plan.
Because of Iran, finish your sentence.
Do you recall reading when Henry Kissinger stated that there would be “no Israel “ in 10 years. I reckon that was around 2012. With luck, he may be exactly right. He never stated why…what exactly was he thinking?
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