"Oh, no! We’re not done losing yet," proclaim militants with useless rockets. "So far, we’ve killed zero Israelis. But, if you give us another week, we promise to double that number!”
"Uh, we’re not with those guys," proclaim guys who actually want to be politicians but can’t get out from under the weight of the guys with the rockets.
"Hamas has fired 47 rockets since we suspended our strikes in Gaza (this morning). As a result, we have resumed our operation against Hamas," an Israeli military statement said.
Under a blueprint announced by Egypt - Gaza’s neighbour and whose military-backed government has been at odds with Hamas Islamists - a mutual “de-escalation” of week-old fighting was to have begun at 9 a.m. (0600 GMT), with hostilities ceasing within 12 hours.
Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, rejected the ceasefire, saying its battle with Israel would “increase in ferocity and intensity”.
But Moussa Abu Marzouk, a top Hamas official who was in Cairo, had said the movement, which is seeking a deal that would ease border restrictions imposed by both Egypt and Israel, had made no final decision on the proposal.
One has to hope the Israelis will find a way to work with the people who want political power, since they likely value legitimacy and a seat at the table more than “the struggle.” But I’m not holding my breath.