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Yesterday, a Jewish woman broke up a press conference by an Israeli Arab doctor in Tel Aviv. The doctor related what to some Jews was a heart-rending story about his three female relatives working in Gaza on a peace mission—and getting killed by IDF.

Oops… One of them was brought to Israel for treatment, in critical condition but alive. And—surprise—Jewish doctors found a metal ball in her head, which means she was hit by a Palestinian rocket or IED.

While his relatives were being killed in Gaza, the doctor stayed in Israel illegally, as in fact he had done for years. Instead of going back to Gaza every night as his work visa specifies, the doctor—and tens of thousands of other Arabs—stayed in Israel with friends who knowingly assisted him in his immigration crime.

Gaza tunnelOlmert announced that IDF will leave Gaza “after the ceasefire stabilizes”—that is when case Hamas reduces rocket attacks to a “tolerable” level. IDF won’t stay in Gaza to interdict tunneling in Rafah.

Nineteen rockets have been fired at Israel since ceasefire was announced. Evidently, the IDF operation in Gaza had little deterrent effect on Palestinian guerrillas. Another half-hearted war ended indecisively. The reservists who expected real action leave disappointed.

At least Israel didn’t negotiate the ceasefire with Hamas: the unilateral ceasefire implicitly rejects all the Palestinian demands, such as the opening of border crossings.

Polls confirm a well-known trend: military success push Israelis to the right while terrorism makes them dovish. This fact led to Shimon Peres’ gleeful satisfaction over the “victims of peace process.” Up to a certain point, the increase in terrorist acts increased Israeli support for concessions to Palestinian Arabs.

Evenly matched in polls before the war, Likud now leads Kadima by a margin of 31 to 23 expected seats.

Kadima launched the war as part of its election campaign, and expected the public to pay it back in electoral support. The campaign managers grossly miscalculated because the war could only strengthen the defense minister’s Avodah or the center-right Likud.

Ingrid Mattson, a Catholic convert to Islam and president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), will enjoy the rare privilege of speaking at Barack Hussein Obama’s inaugural prayer ceremony. Ingrid is Canadian, and foreign nationals don’t normally deliver speeches at inaugurations. But this case is different: ISNA’s links to the Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas charity indicted in America, made Ingrid a religious star.

Haniye, Mashaal, and Ahmadinejad issued separate statements praising Hamas’ victory over the Zionists. Anything less than annihilation is always a victory for Arabs. Similarly, the badly beaten Hezbollah claimed victory in 2006, and the Egyptians believe they won in 1973, even though Israel ended up occupying more territory than she had held before the war.

The Six-Day War set a PR standard for all subsequent wars: Israeli victory must be humiliatingly clear and fast in order for Arabs to accept it. Hamas has now noted that  Hezbollah in 2006 withstood the IDF longer than regular Arab armies did forty years ago.

Hamas losses were only 500-700 guerrillas dead and perhaps 5,000 wounded—only 20 percent of its force. Several commanders were killed, but the younger generation that replaces them is still more militant. Hamas’ middle-aged political leadership was under onslaught from young radicals even before the war, and will have to move to the right now.

The damage to Hamas’ infrastructure is passing: driven by economic considerations, Palestinians will quickly rebuild the smuggling tunnels. The Sinai Bedouins who live off the smuggling will counter any attempts by the Egyptian government to curb the trafficking in weapons. The Bedouins have successfully defied the government crackdown on several occasions; when pressed, they commit terrorist acts against tourist infrastructure in Sinai, and Mubarak’s government lets them live.

Arab countries pledged more than $2 billion to rebuild Gaza. Usually, they renege on the largest part of their financial promises, but even a quarter of that amount would more than enough to rebuild the war damage. Though the money will go through Abbas, it will ultimately benefit the Hamas-affiliated contractors and workers.

The Gazans, who lived for decades in desperate condition sin squalid refugee camps will soon forget about the destruction and continue supporting Hamas.

Abdullah warned Israel that the Arab peace offer can expire.

Too bad for Arab armies.

PLFP, Hezbollah-Palestine, and other small groups continued firing rockets into Israel. Israel retaliated with gunboat fire.

Hamas vowed to continue arms smuggling and production—and it is right, because under international law, ceasefire allows for military re-supply.

Those of us who lived in the Soviet Union won’t be shocked, as similar events were common in Russian schools.

A Palestinian sniper shot a Jewish driver in the head. A female passenger managed to take over the wheel.

Shilo, in the “occupied territories,” is a place where the Ark stood for centuries, and the remains of the Tabernacle foundation can be seen to this day.

Another Jew was short in the North while jogging beyond his kibbutz.

After the ceasefire, Hamas is faced with a burning question: who are the thousands of collaborators who gave out to Israel every bit of the top-secret information, from the commanders’ hiding places to the locations of minefields?

Hamas, accordingly, rounded up hundreds of Fatah members and tortured them. Good luck, we say; let one set of terrorists torture another one.

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