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A Ceasefire is Not Possible Because Hamas Wants to Destroy Israel

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The United Nations, several progressive Democrats, and even the Pope are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, rejects the idea of a ceasefire, stating that “[c]alls for a ceasefire are a call for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terror, to surrender to barbarism.”

Would a ceasefire accomplish anything? By seeing what Hamas has said since its murder of 1,400 Israelis and kidnapping of approximately 230 hostages, one can readily see that a ceasefire would not meaningfully change Hamas and its actions. Recent statements by Hamas (in addition to the murder and kidnapping of the civilians themselves, of course) show a relentless, genocidal hatred for Israel and Jews that is an existential threat for the Jewish State that can only be defeated with Hamas’ total destruction. Some examples are the following:

 

October 7 – 13

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh predicts that Hamas’ attacks will spread to all Israel “as well as to the resistance and our Palestinian people abroad…We say one thing: Get out of our land, get out of our faces. Get out of our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque. We do not want to see you on this land. This land is ours, Jerusalem is ours, everything is ours.” [Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar), Oct. 7, 2023]

Hamas Military Commander Mohammed Deif says: “I say to our pure mujahideen: This is the day that you make this criminal enemy understand that its time is up. [The Quran says:] ‘Kill them wherever you may find them…I say to our people in occupied [pre-1967 Israel] – in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle, Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, and Ramla: Torch the earth under the feet of the plundering occupiers – kill, burn, destroy, and shut down roads…” [Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar), Oct. 7, 2023]

A Hamas terrorist calls his father from the phone of an Israeli woman he murdered (along with her husband and eight others) and brags that he killed 10 Israelis “with my own hands.” [Website of Israeli Army Spokesman, Oct. 7, 2023]

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and other leaders perform a “prostration of gratitude” for the October 7 attacks [The Internet – “Various Iranian online outlets,” Oct. 7, 2023]

Senior Hamas official Ali Baraka stated that Hamas wants a prisoner swap with the US given that the US did one with Iran. Baraka also states: “The Israelis are known to love life. We, on the other hand, sacrifice ourselves…The thing any Palestinian desires the most is to be martyred for the sake of Allah, defending his land.” [Russia Today TV (Russia), Oct. 8, 2023]

Senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal congratulates those responsible for the Hamas attack, stating “Allah’s blessing to everyone who prepared, organized, arranged, and made this dream come true on the land…They brought about this glory.” [Almahriah TV (Yemen), YouTube channel, Oct. 10, 2023]

Senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal calls on Muslims to “take to the streets…send a message of rage…[C]onvoys of mujahideen are on their way to shed their pure blood on the land of Palestine.” [Al-Mahriah TV(Yemen), Oct. 10, 2023]

Hamas Political Bureau Member Osama Hamdan states: “Hamas has just one ‘no’ – no to the existence of Israel…Let them [Israeli Jews] return to where they came from. We will help them go there safely.” [Al-Jadeed TV (Lebanon), Oct. 11, 2023]

 

October 14 – 20

Hamas Official Osama Hamdan states that the bombing near a Gaza hospital [falsely attributed to Israel] is “a mark of shame on Biden and on Blinken, who…only remembers that he is a Jew…” and a “holocaust they are perpetrating themselves.” [Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar), Oct. 17, 2023]

Senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal falsely states that “Hamas does not kill civilians on purpose. It focuses on the soldiers. Period.” [Al-Arabiya Network (Dubai/Saudi Arabia), Oct. 19, 2023]

October 21 – present

Talal Nassar, a Hamas official in Turkey, falsely claims that on October 7, Hamas only captured women that were soldiers or were injured and needed treatment [Al-Shoub TV (Turkey), Oct. 24, 2023]

Ghazi Hamad, a member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, falsely calls the October 7 attack “purely a military operation…directed at the soldiers and military bases around the Gaza Strip…[and] not directed against civilians.” Hamad also states that the drive for Arab normalization with Israel “was resoundingly shattered” by the October 7 attack. [Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah – Lebanon), Oct. 25, 2023]

Senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal states that Russia told Hamas that the October 7 attack “would be taught in military academies” and that China views the attack “as a dazzling example” and that they “are thinking of carrying out a plan in Taiwan” that models that attack. Mashaal also calls on “Arab communities in the West to be active.” Sada Elbalad TV (Egypt), Oct. 26, 2023]

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh states: “The blood of the women, children, and elderly…We are the ones who need this blood, so it awakens within us the revolutionary spirit…” [Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Oct. 26, 2023]

Shehab, a Hamas-affiliated news agency, posted an animated video on its Twitter account calling on West Bank Palestinians to join Gazans in killing Israelis. [Shehab news agency, Twitter account, Oct. 29, 2023]

The above quotes, like Hamas’ charter, clearly show that any ceasefire will merely be a tactical and short-term solution. In order to survive, Israel must destroy Hamas.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas

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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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