The first thing to note following the collapse of the Day 25 ceasefire into which Israel entered in good faith, is that Israel has declared existent a closed military zone around all of Gaza bordering with Israel and the entire length of the northern border with Lebanon and Syria. This action has apparently come after an IDF officer, 2LT Hadar Goldin of the Givati Brigade, was apparently kidnapped by HAMAS terrorists while executing his assigned duties on a tunnel in Rafah. This action was apparently a HAMAS ambush which killed two other IDF soldiers who were members of 2LT Goldin's platoon at that tunnel. Heavy HAMAS rocket and mortar fire and along with even heavier IDF retaliation then put the truce that wasn't permanently to rest. Again, Muslims engaged in jihad cannot be trusted. Period.
I will also critically note that this attack and kidnap against the Givati Brigade came after an article in the ultra-Orthodox paper Mishpacha (Family) was circulated in Israel, and which was thereafter was even more widely circulated in other Israeli media, such as Ha'aretz, and the The Times of Israel, which prominently featured Col. Ofer Winter, commander of the brigade. That kind of completely unnecessary high profile notoriety was quickly noticed by other Islamic jihadists and which instantly put the Givati Brigade dead-center in the cross-hairs of HAMAS' kidnapping plots. There is NOTHING more important during a war than OPSEC (Operational Security), and based upon the overwhelming majority of the Israeli media's near-real time reporting and blogging such as the photographing and naming of field commanders that it was a virtual certainty that HAMAS would put that information to good use at the first opportunity during this particular and highly-ill advised "humanitarian ceasefire." The Israeli media need to learn that "loose lips sink ships." It also gets your fathers, sons and brothers kidnapped and killed on the battlefield. Shut up already!
First Update - OPE Day 25: There is no proof of life for 2LT Hadar Goldin; it is being assumed he was taken alive. If I am correct in reading between the lines of various reports coming out of Israel today, it would seem that the abduction of 2LT Goldin had PM Netanyahu reading the "riot act" to a promptly called onto the carpet US SECSTATE Kerry. This may have been the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back." I am inclined to think the bottom line fall out of this mornings high level dressing down was that unless 2LT Goldin is immediately released by HAMAS, then PM Netanyahu and the security cabinet will deal with this kind of islamic treachery in the manner which even islamic terrorists can appreciate - unrelenting violence with no quarter given to any enemy combatant. If there was ever a reason for Israel's national leadership to come to the realization of the necessity to eliminate HAMAS for all time... this was it.
Again, the government of the State of Israel and its military forces are assuming that 2LT Goldin was abducted from the battlefield in Rafah alive and that this abduction occurred while HAMAS used the ruse of the ceasefire combined with Gaza human shield civilians collecting or checking up on their possessions near the IDFs Givati Brigade positions in Rafah. The U.S.-U.N. brokered ceasefire was for HAMAS a total sham. That the abduction of this Israeli officer occurred after the start of the ceasefire is beyond question. It is believed that 2LT Goldin remains within the matrix of underground tunnels in the vicinity of Rafah; all IDF artillery or other strikes in this immediate area today have been for the express purpose of freezing in-place 2LT Goldin and his abductors in the same general area of Rafah where the abduction occurred this morning.
2 August 2014 - OPE Day 26: War brings out the strangest situations. Yesterday, a featured blogger (Yochanan Gordon) at The Times of Israel had his blog post entitled "When Genocide is Permissible" deleted because it was a violation of their editorial guidelines. I have read Israeli news reports in which members of Israel's government, the security cabinet, have been quoted in Israeli media saying in a far more direct manner what Yochanan merely posed a question about in his blog post. Read it for yourself at the link above.
There is no question that HAMAS holds to the goal of genocide against all Israel. This is the ultimate objective of HAMAS in the current Arab-Israeli struggle as it has been since 1948. This was the central point of Yochanan's blog post, and at no point in his post did he call for or otherwise advocate for a genocide of all Arabs. In fact, Yochanan reiterated in his post what a very many people in both the United States and Israel, to include Jews, born-again Christians and even secular folks, have been discussing for the better part of the past month, as has this blog has been openly discussing - the need to destroy HAMAS and thereby the goal of its brand of political Islam - the genocide of Israel.
Obviously no Israeli editorial board can delete the HAMAS charter any more than it can delete the stated objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or Hezbollah, or the new Islamic State, or Al-Qaeda or any other Islamic jihadist group -- or even the Islamic Qur'an itself, all of which speak pretty much to the same thing about the genocide of Israel at the hands of fully submitted adherents of islam for the sake of their small-g god. Nor can any Israeli editorial board delete the rampant anti-Semitism that has swept through European and South American capitals.
And neither can the editorial board of The Times of Israel delete the text, or any portion thereof, of the Bible, such as the text of Psalm 83:4 which speaks to exactly what is stated in the Qur'an as reflected in HAMAS' charter, and is the existential goal, the genocidal goal, of Israel's enemies round about them on every side:
“Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
The editorial board of The Times of Israel, and all other editorial boards who followed suit in deleting Yochanan's blog post, are the equivalent of the proverbial ostrich who sticks his head in the sand because he simply can not face the cold hard facts of reality staring back at him: Islam has no interest in and does not care to coexist with Israel. Instead they are dedicated to the purpose stated by the singing prophet Asaph of the God of Israel's ancient fathers, and that purpose is the genocide of the State of Israel.
NOTE 6 August: With the ceasefire having held for more than 24 hours some clandestine video footage (taken by Indian and French news crews in Gaza) of Palestinian terrorist firing rockets from civilian areas have been released publicly. See this report from the Jerusalem Post for details.