However, the fact is that Israel follows a policy of baiting until finally, in frustration and self-defense, their target lashes out. In this case, Hamas fought back out with primitive rockets. Not to be approved, but understandable. As you will read, they tried again and again to have Israel follow the ceasefire, but Israel refused and the were driven to retaliate. Not having access to media as Israel does, and being considered a pariah or terrorist state by most, due to Zionist propaganda, their side of the events up to this war have been unknown to most in the West. So here we have the chronology of events for the 6 months of the so-called ceasefire leading up to the horrors of December 28 through to mid January.
What you will see is one breach of ceasefire after another by Israel ~ murders , kidnappings, jailings, as well as unwarranted attacks on simple fishing vessels and farmers whom they deem "Hamas". It appears that, to Israeli soldiers, if a farmer grew olives that he pressed to make oil then the oil was sold through a shop to the wife of a Hamas member, the FARMER would be shot as a criminal. They are basically that fanatic about Hamas. Please read and learn the truth.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 22:12 By Anis
Ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Hamas government comes into force for six months. Israel insisted on a verbal agreement. It stated: cessation of all military hostilities on both sides, opening of Gaza's borders after 72 hours for 30% more trade, unrestricted trade after ten days. Egypt supports the extension of the agreement to the West Bank. (source: International Crisis Group: Ending the War in Gaza. Middle East Briefing No. 26, 5.1.2009, p. 3)
Israeli warships fire four rockets at Palestinian fishermen in Palestinian waters. On the same day aircraft circling over Gaza City break the sound barrier near the ground and trigger a panic among the people. In the area of Khan Yunis Israeli patrols shoot over the border fence at farmers who work on their fields on the other side of the border. (source: Ma'an, 26.06.2008). This scenario is repeated almost daily.
Two young officials of Jihad are murdered in their homes in Nablus by units of the IDF (Israeli Defence Force). On the same day al-Quds Brigades fire three rockets at Sderot in retaliation. (source: Ma'an 24.06.2008) The Israeli side uses the action of Jihad as an excuse to close the border crossings again.
The al-Aqsa Brigades fire a rocket on Sderot after many Fatah members have been arrested in raids by the Israeli army. With this the al-Aqsa Brigades want to force the extension of the ceasefire to the West Bank. The spokesman of the Hamas government in Gaza warns the al-Aqsa Brigades that their actions would prevent the lifting of the blockade and favour instead the narrower interests of a organizational and political nature.
A delegation of farmers complain to Hamas' Ministry of Agriculture that because of the Israeli bombardment they can no longer cultivate their fields along the border fence.
The Israeli navy sinks a fishing boat (source: http://www.btselem.org/english/testimonies/20080910_israeli_navy_boat_charges_into_a_fishing_boat_witness_al_hasi.asp), after fishing boats were shot at and rammed several times.
to help them maintain the ceasefire!
Israeli bulldozers enter into the strip at several points. This leads to armed clashes with the units of the DFLP.
The DLFP and Jihad fire rockets into Israel.
Also at the time the names of groups nobody in Gaza had heard of before and knew anything about crop up such as Ahrar al-Jalil, Tawhid Brigades or Hisb Allah. Some believe they are collaborators wanting to corrupt the ceasefire. Other voices believe they are small radical cells who think Hamas have made too many concessions.
Jihad declare they no longer feel bound by the ceasefire. The al-Aqsa Brigades fire projectiles at Sderot again. Hamas and Jihad are warned by mediators from Qatar that Israel plans a major military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The political leadership of Hamas issues an urgent appeal to armed groups including their own al-Qassam Brigades to stop firing rockets into Israel.
Israeli tanks enter the Gaza Strip again. Two teenagers are killed in air strikes.
Al-Aqsa Brigades fire rockets at Ashkelon.
Massive assaults by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in Hebron. While the al-Aqsa Brigades, the DFLP and the al-Quds Brigades of the Jihad fire rockets at Israeli places as a reaction to the events in the West Bank, Hamas organises solidarity demonstrations with Palestinians in Hebron to rescue what is left of the ceasefire agreement.
families flock to the pumps. This child and her brother
manifest the spirit of the Palestinian people, determined to resist.
On the same day the six-month-ceasefire ends all factions declare at separate mass events that they consider the ceasefire to be finished ~ even Fatah.