Good morning from the war zone and rumours of a ceasefire

All quiet here in Gush Dan so far this morning but, as we learned yesterday, that means nada. We had a major attack on Tel Aviv and center just as I was preparing to bring Mischa into the vet. One of the Iron Domes took out a rocket directly above Ronen’s clinic and large bits of it fell into the street and yard in front of it. So, Mischa will go into the vet today instead🙂

There are rumours that Lurch, I mean John Kerry, has come up with a ceasefire agreement that Hamas would agree to (which makes me exceedingly suspicious as to what is in that agreement) that will start tomorrow and last for a week. I hope this is not the case. We’ve found this labyrinth of tunnels leading under our border and, in my opinion this is the time for us to exercise the right to say not yet to a ceasefire, until those tunnels can be destroyed. Estimates are that it will take a week to 10 days to take those tunnels that have been found out — it is not a simple task.

Hamas has called for a “Day of Rage” in the West Bank, they’ll probably get it. And, I’m out of coffee.

13 responses to “Good morning from the war zone and rumours of a ceasefire”

  1. erin says :

    Completely agree with you. All those tunnels have GOT to go. Even if a third party agrees to come in and demilitarize Hamas, Israel is not going to be safe because they won’t be destroying all the tunnels and we all know Hamas isn’t going to tell anybody about them. What a friggin mess.

  2. Lynne says :

    Good grief: Out of coffee; that is an emergency. Frankly, I think that the IDF needs to retake Gaza and get Hamas OUT . There needs to be some kind of no man’s zone between Gaza and Israel, and if it’s on Israeli land, so be it. Clear out the area, put down a thick concrete base. Guard it with drones and other types of security.
    Beg Egypt to take Gaza land back.

    • israeliminx says :

      Unfortunately putting down a concrete base won’t do it, these tunnels are running along 90-150 feet below the surface. Some of their openings are more than a mile inside Israel, including one that comes up under the foundation of a nursery school inside a kibbutz, along with nearly a dozen other branches opening all within the kibbutz. Nothing has been confirmed but rumour has it that some of the terrorists captured have been singing like birds and are saying that there had been a planned major incursion and massacre through the tunnels into 6 different communities in the south on Rosh HaShana. I wouldn’t bet on the timeline but I would bet that it was in the works, especially given what Netanyahu said yesterday at the council meeting. What has been confirmed is that there were dozens of ‘kidnap kits’ stored in each of the tunnels leading into Israel, including handcuffs and syringes pre-filled with powerful sedatives.

  3. erin says :

    That is horrifying. Wow that makes my heart drop. They are working on destroying them though, right? Is the destruction of the tunnels part of the cease fire deal? If not, I say NO DEAL!!

    • Lynne says :

      Erin, I totally agree with you. Those tunnels have to be destroyed. I wonder if there is some kind of seismic sensor that could identify digging in the future?

    • israeliminx says :

      Yeah that part about destroying the tunnels seems to be missing and is why half the knesset said they’d vote against. We’ll see what happens…

      Ema, they’ve not developed one so far that can sense either sounds of digging that far down or the empty cavity space that far down.

      • Lynne says :

        My guess is that there is a limit to how far out they can dig. So, a strip where they cannot access Israel with monitoring would be good, and restrict all buildings within two or three miles from the border on the Israeli side, and a mile on the other side. It may not make it impossible, but perhaps make it more difficult? Dig a trench and pour concrete and other firm materials in a trench very deep along the border?

  4. israeliminx says :

    We’ve got cities and towns you can pretty much hit with a baseball from the border and they are always shooting at the poor damn farmers and field workers. I think pretty much only some sort of moat would work because that would make the ground too unstable to dig through and the sand/dirt atop any hole too water heavy –would cause collapse.

    We need to take out all the tunnels. No cement should be let in at all — if they want to build things, they can do it with something else. Their weapons need to be destroyed and, if Egypt keeps up the good work they are doing destroying the smuggling tunnels into their country, Hamas will then be cut off from being able to re-supply weapons and other terror stuff.

  5. SirJohn says :

    No cease fire until Hamas is destroyed. I hope the Israeli government won’t repeat the mistakes of the past and stop before the work is done. If Gaza needs to be made into a parking lot, so be it, the world would be better off without it anyway. As to the tunnels, there are projects considered by the Israeli government of digging a giant moat around Gaza to intercept any tunneling in the future, it was on the news a couple of days ago. No word yet on the feasibility of those plans.

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