(With thanks to the Israel Project)
In addition to demanding all sorts of concessions from Israel - prisoner
releases, lifting restrictions on Gaza, etc - Hamas has also in the last 48
hours demanded a bunch of non-starters from Egypt and the Palestinian
Authority. Just in the last 48 hours, they've demanded, as part of a ceasefire:
(1) That Palestinian Authority transfers money to pay for
Hamas government employees, which wasn't happening when the
Fatah/Hamas unity govt was stable, and definitely won't happen now.
(2) That Egypt ease movement through the Egyptian-Gaza border,
which is a non-starter because the Egyptians fear that jihadists will use the
transit in and out of the Sinai Peninsula. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4539644,00.html
(3) That Israel fully lift security-based
import/export restrictions on the Gaza Strip, which is a non-starter
as long as Iran continues trying to deliver advanced missiles to Hamas.
(4) That Israel release a bunch of
prisoners arrested after the murder of the three Israeli teens, which
the Israelis won't do because they're seeking to deter future
Just to be clear and explicit about how insane this is: Hamas has declared
they'll keep firing on Israeli civilians until Cairo and Ramallah make a bunch
of concessions to them, which Israel has no power over.
Even if those demands weren't non-starters - and they are - how could
Netanyahu going to convince Sisi to let jihadists into the Sinai, or convince
Abbas to release precious PA funds to his rivals in Hamas?