According to the tagline, the picture above was taken today. Read that sign again: "No Peace Unless Israel leave Gaza." I'm not sure if those protesters realize that their sign makes absolutely no sense, especially when one considers that Israel completed the full withdrawal of their troops and settlers from Gaza over three years ago.
Early Monday, a string of Israeli tanks and military vehicles rumbled across the border at the Kissufim crossing as heavy machinery moved in behind them to create a makeshift roadblock on the Israeli side of the border.Maybe the protesters were never informed that Israel has, in fact, left Gaza. Maybe the protesters don't have as good a grasp of the English language as is necessary to concisely convey their message to the world in short phrases on protest signs. Maybe the protesters are just carrying an old protest sign that they used prior to 12 September 2005. Maybe the sign actually says something like, "No Peace Unless Israel leave Gaza Alone," but that key part of the phrase has been cropped out of the photo. Or maybe, just maybe, the protesters are simply inept terrorist sympathizers who would never let little things like facts get in the way of their righteous indignation over Israel defending itself following repeated rocket attacks on Israeli civilians by the "peaceful" denizens of Gaza.
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman officially marked the pull-out at 7 a.m. (12 a.m. EDT).
After Israeli forces closed the Kissufim gate behind them, an IDF spokesman challenged Palestinian officials.
"From this point on, the full responsibility for events occurring in the Gaza Strip and for thwarting terror attacks against Israeli targets will be in the hands of the Palestinian Authority and its apparatuses," a statement said.
Gaza commander Brig. Gen. Aviv Kochavi expressed similar sentiments.
"For all that takes place in (the) Gaza strip lays on the Palestinians," he said. "The responsibility for the security of the Israelis is all ours.
"The very same soldiers that have left the (Kissufim) gate are those who are deploying now along the new line," Kochavi continued. "They are alert and they are ready to fulfill any mission and to face any challenge."
As the soldiers evacuated each settlement, Palestinians rushed in waving flags and chanting, "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great."
I'm leaning towards the latter.
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