After visiting Sderot last April and seeing the serious psychological damage caused by the rockets that had fallen in that area, my wife, ... and I declared their launching from Gaza to be inexcusable and an act of terrorism. Although casualties were rare (three deaths in seven years), the town was traumatized by the unpredictable explosions...
One would think that that might lead the speaker to sympathize with the Israelis.
From Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who was negotiating between the Israelis and Hamas, we learned that there was a fundamental difference between the two sides. Hamas wanted a comprehensive cease-fire in both the West Bank and Gaza, and the Israelis refused to discuss anything other than Gaza.
Of course, anyone who has read a newspaper lately knows that Hamas was part of a unity government until they took one of the Fatah Presidential guards and threw him off a building and then engaged with Fatah in a civil war, finally seizing power in Gaza. Hamas has no authority over the West Bank, which has been pretty quiet for the last couple of years.
Palestinian leaders from Gaza were noncommittal on all issues, claiming that rockets were the only way to respond to their imprisonment and to dramatize their humanitarian plight. The top Hamas leaders in Damascus, however, agreed to consider a cease-fire in Gaza only, provided Israel would not attack Gaza and would permit normal humanitarian supplies to be delivered to Palestinian citizens.
After extended discussions with those from Gaza, these Hamas leaders also agreed to accept any peace agreement that might be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who also heads the PLO, provided it was approved by a majority vote of Palestinians in a referendum or by an elected unity government.
Note, not just "an elected government", but "an elected unity government." So Abbas can negotiate, but it is only effective after those who reject Israel's right to exist and started a civil war are legitimized and brought into the government.
This is not to say that the problems faced by the people of Gaza are inconsiderable.
After about a month, the Egyptians and Hamas informed us that all military action by both sides and all rocket firing would stop on June 19, for a period of six months, and that humanitarian supplies would be restored to the normal level that had existed before Israel's withdrawal in 2005 (about 700 trucks daily).
We were unable to confirm this in Jerusalem because of Israel's unwillingness to admit to any negotiations with Hamas, but rocket firing was soon stopped and there was an increase in supplies of food, water, medicine and fuel. Yet the increase was to an average of about 20 percent of normal levels. And this fragile truce was partially broken on Nov. 4, when Israel launched an attack in Gaza to destroy a defensive tunnel being dug by Hamas inside the wall that encloses Gaza.
Never mind the 3000 rockets that Hamas fired into Israel during the cease fire. Our author pays them no mind, so why should we?
this fragile truce was partially broken [by Israel] on Nov. 4 ....
'Partially broke the truce?' Is that like being a little pregnant?
... when Israel launched an attack in Gaza to destroy a defensive tunnel being dug by Hamas inside the wall that encloses Gaza.
If we are going to redefine the function of tunnels used to smuggle in offensive rockets, then there is no end to what we can redefine. Like the defensive takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran? Maybe we should rename a certain event the Tet Defensive!
Seriously, is there a more deluded man in America (who is neither homeless nor under a psychiatrist's active care) than James Earl Carter, Jr?
Correction: as noted by Exodio in the comments section, neither Fatah or Hamas has clean hands here, so I have made a couple of corrections to the original text.