The cease-fire agreement that brought about an end for the time being of the latest round of Palestinian rocket and missle attacks is not as good at is may seem for Israel. I have lived through these attacks on southern Israel, and can personally attest to Israel's right to defend herself.
At best, the cease-fire agreement that Israel accepted last week puts Israel and Hamas on the same moral plane. It erases the distinction between the only real democracy in the region--Israel--and a terrorist group recognized as such by Europe and the US--Hamas. Israel is a nation committed to doing what we would expect of our leaders: defend her citizens. Hamas, on the other hand, is a jihadist terrorist organization that is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Israel was forced to sign an agreement with a terror group that seeks nothing less than Israel's annihilation and the establishment of an Islamic state in the land of Israel.
The second problem with the cease-fire is that it elevates Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to the position of policer of peace in the region. Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is publicly known that Egyptian President Muhamad Morsi supports Hamas, and supported Hamas during the latest attack on Israeli civilians. By making Egypt the guarantor of peace between Hamas and Israel, Israel is forced to submit complaints about any actions of its sworn enemy to the "mother" of that terrorist group.
The Muslim Brothers received the plaudits of the US government when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama praised the Egyptian government and delegated them as the arbiters of Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the agreement.
The eight-day conflict and the eventual truce raised the profile of the Palestinian cause and elevated Hamas to a group that can be negotiated with, bringing the US Secretary of State, UN Secretary-General and a stream of Arab diplomats rushing to the region to help negotiate a cease-fire. This week, riding that wave of renewed unity and support in the region, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the United Nations to upgrade their status from Observer Entity to "Non-member State" of the UN. Already France has indicated they will vote in favor of the Palestinian bid, and it appears certain that Abbas will get his wish.
So, Israel is in a strategic trap and is forced once again to try to coexist with Hamas, a group that is sworn to the eradication of Israel. And this coexistence is being ensured by Hamas' sponsor, Egypt, and is applauded by western powers and the United Nations.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Pray for our friends and brethren in Israel, as well as for those Christians in the Palestinian Territories and in Egypt who are facing an escalation in persecution.