On its 25th day, Israel’s war with Hamas saw a UN- brokered, 72-hour, humanitarian ceas-fire dissolve in less than 90 minutes after going into effect. It was not the first, and not the last attempt at a negotiated cease fire, but like all the others, Hamas broke it almost before it began.
The silence was broken when an IDF team, approaching the mouth of a Hamas terror tunnel near the Rafah frontier, was ambushed by a group of Hamas terrorists emerging from the tunnel. Three IDF soldiers were killed in the attack. One of them, Lt. Hadar Goldin, was first thought to have been kidnapped and was the subject of an intense search, but on Sunday, August 3, he was declared among the dead. The Hamas suicide bomber killed himself and two other Hamas fighters were killed in the ensuing fire fight. The IDF retaliated with artillery and aerial bombardment on Rafah, and Hamas rockets resumed with a vengeance to rain down on southern Israel. Only Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system kept Israel from having high numbers of civilian casualties from the Hamas rockets. Continue reading