Operation Protective edge began on July 8th. One week later on July 15th a ceasefire initiated by Egypt which was supported by most of the international
community, including the Arab League was accepted by Israel. Had Hamas
respected this ceasefire, Israel would not have had to start its ground
operation and much loss of life on both sides would have been avoided. That was the first ceasefire violated by Hamas.
Including that first one Hamas has violated seven cease-fires in 15 days
- July 15: Israel accepted the ceasefire initiated by Egypt and stopped all fire at 09:00. However, terrorists fired more than 50 rockets at Israeli communities. Only after six hours of continuous rocket attacks did the IDF respond.
- July 17 Israel agreed to a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire. The terrorist organizations rejected it and fired rockets, including at the city of Be’er-Sheva.
- July 20: Israel approved a two-hour medical/humanitarian window in the area of Shejaiya, following an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) request. Forty minutes after the ceasefire began, Hamas violated it. Nevertheless, Israel implemented the ceasefire, even extending it for two more hours.
- July 26-27: Israel respected an UN-requested humanitarian ceasefire from 08:00-20:00 on Saturday, 26 July. Israel announced its readiness to prolong the ceasefire until midnight, but a few minutes after 20:00, Hamas renewed firing rockets at Israeli civilians. espite Hamas’ continuous fire, Israel decided to extend the
humanitarian ceasefire a second time, from midnight Saturday to midnight
- July 26 Part 2: On the same day (26 July), Hamas announced a 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire, at 14:00. Hamas violated its own ceasefire a short time later.
- July 28: Israel accepted Hamas’ request for a ceasefire in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The IDF was instructed to cease military attacks, but Hamas continued to launch rockets at Israel.
- July 30: Israel announced a temporary humanitarian ceasefire between 15:00-19:00. A few minutes after the ceasefire began Hamas fired rockets at the southern cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, as well as other Israeli communities.
So Mr. President and Mr. Secretary-General, next time you want to demand a cease-fire look to Gaza, because Israel has tried cease-fires about every other day since July 15th, each time Hamas decided to send more rockets into Israel communities.