Call Us When an Israel-Hamas Cease-fire Lasts Longer Than a Peter Jackson Movie

by Jim Geraghty

From the last Morning Jolt of the week, wrapping up a late July packed to the gills with bad news . . . 

Call Us When an Israel-Hamas Cease-fire Lasts Longer Than a Peter Jackson Movie

Forget these 72-hour cease-fire proposals, guys. Try a 72-minute one, see how that works out.

Because we could just run “Cease-fire Broken” headlines in an endless loop for the foreseeable future. Here’s how it went down:

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said that government forces were moving to destroy a tunnel, as the terms of the cease-fire allowed for, when several militants came out of the ground.

Colonel Lerner said the militants included at least one suicide attacker, that there was an exchange of fire on the ground and that initial indications were that a soldier was apparently dragged back into the tunnel. He was unable to offer details about the soldier’s condition or whether others were killed in the attack. He said the episode began at around 9.30 a.m., about 90 minutes after the 72-hour cease-fire came into effect.

“The cease-fire is over,” Colonel Lerner said, adding that the military was carrying out “extensive operations on the ground” to try to locate the missing soldier. He did not identify the soldier but said his family had been notified.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior official in the political wing of Hamas, the Islamic group that dominates Gaza, told the Turkish news media that Hamas had taken a soldier captive but claimed the event took place before the cease-fire began.

Did they check their watches? There’s no Hamas equivalent of Daylight Savings Time, is there? Since they’re not really in the business of saving anything or anybody, perhaps, “New Day Endangerment Time”?

It’s Day 25 of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge,” by the way.

Charles Krauthammer, summarizing the counterproductive work of our secretary of state:

Kerry did not just trample an Egyptian initiative. It was backed by the entire Arab League and specifically praised by Saudi Arabia. With the exception of Qatar — more a bank than a country — the Arabs are unanimous in wanting to see Hamas weakened, if not overthrown. The ceasefire-in-place they backed would have denied Hamas any reward for starting this war, while what Kerry brought back from Paris granted practically all of its demands.

Is everybody who voted for him in 2004 proud now? Or did they have more faith in his running mate?

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