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Who Broke the Ceasefire? By: HonestReporting.com
HonestReporting.com | Monday, July 18, 2005


Five months ago, Israel reached a ceasefire agreement with PA President Abbas, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. Despite the agreement, the terrorist groups have attempted a constant stream of attacks (most thwarted by Israeli security, and under-reported by the media).

Last week was particularly deadly, with an Islamic Jihad suicide bombing outside a Netanya mall that killed five and wounded 90 Israelis, and Hamas rocket attacks over the Gaza border that claimed the life of 22-year old Dana Glakowitz, who had been sitting on her porch.

In response to these ongoing attacks, Israel acted against the Hamas leadership. Two major media outlets defied all logic and chronology to claim that it was Israel's response that 'ended' the ceasefire:

1) Washington Post reported:

The Israeli military killed seven members of Hamas on Friday in rocket strikes that renewed Israel's policy of assassinating militant Palestinian leaders and effectively marked the end of a five-month truce.

According to the Washington Post, dozens of Hamas and Islamic Jihad attacks did not break the ceasefire, but when Israel acted, that 'marked the end'. (This WashPost article was also published in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

2) Associated Press:

The Israeli military launched an airstrike Friday on a van carrying Hamas militants and a cache of homemade rockets in a Gaza City street, killing four people in what may be the most serious blow to a 5-month-old truce.

The loved ones of the six murdered Israelis would certainly take issue with AP's suggestion that it was the IDF's subsequent response that dealt 'the most serious blow' to the truce.

œ Comments to Washington Post: letters@washpost.com

œ Comments to AP: feedback@ap.org

(Hat tip: LGF)




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