By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank – 20/06/2008
The Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement between Israel
and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is, ostensibly
at least, a wise, dignified and expedient step for several
To begin with, the ceasefire deal would suspend the daily
acts of murder and terror carried out by the Israeli
occupation forces against the nearly totally unprotected
people of the Gaza Strip.
For years, the Gestapo-like Israeli army used excessive
force, including tanks, warplanes, heavy artillery and
other lethal machines of death to wreak death, havoc and
terror on the civilian population of Gaza, resulting in the
murder and maiming of thousands of innocent people.
Thus, the latest arrangement would give the thoroughly
tormented Gazans a certain respite, however uncertain, from
Israeli terror and criminality.
Moreover, the arrangement, which is due to go into effect
Thursday morning, is also supposed to lead to the gradual
lifting of the 18-month-old harsh and callous blockade
Israel has been imposing on 1.5 million Palestinians of the
This alone should be viewed as a worthy achievement if only
because Gaza was being decimated by a genocidal siege
unprecedented since the Nazi blockade of Ghetto Warsaw in
It is therefore hoped that the gradual dissipation of the
nefarious blockade, which really reflects the brutal
ugliness of the Zionist mentality, will allow Gaza to
revive and rehabilitate itself and bring a smile back on
the faces of its tormented children and savaged men and
Needless to say, the decision by Hamas to accept the
ceasefire is a strong proof that Hamas is not a nihilistic
organization, e.g. like al Qaeda, as Israeli and Zionist
hasbara has been trying to portray the Palestinian-Islamic
In fact, Hamas had always called for a cessation of
violence in Gaza whereby both sides would refrain from
targeting innocent civilians. However, it was always
Israel, not Hamas, that rejected such calls by keeping up
murderous attacks on Palestinian civilians.
Israel, especially when addressing western audiences,
repeatedly but mendaciously claimed that its army didn’t
deliberately target innocent Palestinians civilians.
However, that fact that hundreds of Palestinian children
and other civilians continued to be killed and maimed
throughout the Gaza Strip, and else where, eviscerated the
Israeli pretensions of innocence of any veracity and
credibility. In the final analysis, Israel was not only a
brutal murderer, but a big a liar as well.
After all, killing knowingly is killing deliberately, and
when the number of innocent victims is so high, even intent
There is no doubt that Hamas’s heroic steadfastness,
resilience and patience are being vindicated.
Thus, the enduring vigor of Hamas and the people of Gaza,
who defied death and clang to life, should serve as a
lesson for the Palestinian people that steadfastness in the
face of brute power eventually pays off.
This is also a lesson for the Fatah-dominated Palestinian
Authority (PA) that the stubbornness of justice can
eventually triumph over the arrogance of oppression.
Winners and losers
There is no doubt that the forces of peace and reason on
all sides have won against the forces of bellicosity,
hatred and terror, especially in Washington and Tel Aviv
and some other regional capitals as well.
The people of Gaza, the victims of American-Israeli
criminality, are undoubtedly the biggest winners of this
deal. At least, they can breathe again, following 18
nightmarish months of unimagined brutality and
In addition to the gung-ho neocons in Washington and
war-drummers in Tel Aviv who wanted to exterminate Hamas,
not a small amount of consternation is also likely to be
permeating now in Ramallah where a Zionized group within
Fatah had been hoping to see the Israeli army overrun Gaza,
murder hundreds, and then hand Gaza over to the Fatah
leadership on a silver platter.
On this occasion, one feels prompted to call on Fatah to
eject these traitors from their midst for the sake of Fatah
itself and for the sake of Palestine.
Non the less, it would be naïve, even stupid, to be carried
away or give Israel the benefit of the doubt by thinking
that the Zionist regime is going to abide by the agreement
and terminate its murderous aggressions on our people.
Israel, after all, has repeatedly proven itself to be a
venomous snake which must never be trusted.
Hence, Palestinians, especially Hamas, ought to be
constantly vigilant and ready to repulse any Israeli
However, Hamas should make meticulous efforts to preserve
the ceasefire since doing so is first and foremost a
supreme and paramount Palestinian interest.
Hamas should also make it abundantly clear to the military
wings of other Palestinian factions that the security and
safety of the people of Gaza must not be subject to the
whims of this or that faction.
In fact, preserving the ceasefire would send a positive
message to the international community that Hamas is
responsible organization with which “business can be made.”
Moreover, a careful abidance by the agreement on Hamas’s
part would show good- will toward Egypt whose support and
backing is essential for the survival of the Gaza Strip, at
least at this juncture of the Palestinian struggle for
freedom and liberation from Zionism.