Israel’s cabinet decides against a new Gaza campaign to halt Hamas rocket aggression

After 250 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli locations, one a heavy Grad, Israel’s security cabinet meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, directed the IDF to continue to pursue “powerful action against terrorist forces.” This was tantamount to a decision against a major Israeli military campaign against Hamas at this time, while instead carrying on with tit-for-tat air strikes as before, and leaving the targeted communities to their despair. Some 19 people were injured in the last two days. Hamas is therefore still allowed to call the shots, exactly as it has done in the last four months, while inflicting in Israel diverse brands of terror. It is still up to Hamas to decide whether to stop shooting rockets at Israel or continue the barrage ongoing for two days, as well as determining the level of its retaliation for Israeli reprisals.

Therefore, after an Israel air strike demolished the five-story Hamas internal security building in the Gaza City’s Rimal district – in return for the first Grad fired on Beersheba, a major city in southern Israel, in four years, Hamas is expected to ratchet up its rocket fire on Israeli civilian locations in the coming hours and days. Israel forewarned residents of the Rimal district of the bombardment. The building was therefore empty of Hamas officials, a repeat of the “knock on roof” tactic the Israeli Air Force used in the past to avert collateral civilian casualties in counter-terror attacks.

This practice is an element in the IDF-Hamas duel which has its own strange rules. In the heat of Wednesday’s rocket barrage, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot stated that the IDF “is better prepared than it has been in the past decades.” Prepared for what? No answer was forthcoming from the cabinet the next day. In the general’s judgment, Hamas has still not broken those unwritten rules. He therefore persuaded the prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to hold back from approving a full-scale campaign to halt Hamas’ nagging violence once and for all.

Realizing that this stance will offend the popular will, in the sight of the suffering of the targeted population of southwestern Israel, both have not been seen or heard in public for some days. Meanwhile, they are hoping against hope that something may come of the long term truce mediation effort conducted by the UN emissary and Egypt, although realistic chances of this are practically nil.


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53 thoughts on “Israel’s cabinet decides against a new Gaza campaign to halt Hamas rocket aggression

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:00 at 23:00

    Politics diplomact and negotiations will never bring peace.
    Victory will bring peace.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 0:31 at 0:31

      First question by any President, Prime Ministers or any King, Emperor, Queen, Sheiks, and Politburos is always asked to that National Security Council Advisers & Cabinet are………
      1. Can The Attacks Hurt Our Nation?
      If the Answer is YES to Question 1 Strong Actions is Planned based on either an Immediate Response or Short Time Preparation for Well Planned Responsive Attack back that can involve Escalation Devastation.
      If The Answer is NO the Second Question is…….
      2. Can Continued Attacks Hurt Us And What Costs When More Defensive Or Offensive Action Be Required?
      This Answer Actions will depends on the amount of lost of life, damage, and a smaller response and reaction more as a Warning to the Attackers leadership.
      Consequently, the Hamas Attacks from Gaza are really a Sign of Israel Strength, IDF, Mossod, and Citizens as well as a Weakness Admission by Hamas.

      Gaza Economy, Communities and 1.816 Million People Live in 79% Poverty, The Land of Esau is rectangular and about 25 Miles long and 3 to 7 Miles wide equal to twice the size of the District of Columbia, and located along the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Israel. Palestinians are ethnic Arab and majority Muslim. In my view, there is no Upside for a Short Term Invasion of Gaza because Israel has No Long Term desire to ever Take Back Gaza unless it becomes a National Security Threat that would require complete annihilation, devastation, and removal of over 1.8+ Million People.

      Therefore, I see why Israel National Security Advisers, IDF and Prime Minster are remaining Strong, Preparing the Calculations, and at anytime can choose what many are calling for that is wrecking Gaza and retribution for Rocket Attacks. Israel always will have the Upper Hand over Gaza by using other means such as Blockades, Energy Denial, Demand and Deprive UNRWA Suspend or Dismiss any and all Hamas Members employed until the Rockets Stop and without any Payback later for not working. The one other sole issue Gaza does for Israel is that any Biological, Chemical or Nuclear attack on Israel would have to include the effects and attacks on the Palestinians People in Gaza and East Bank.

      The Bottom line, Israel’s Leadership are both Right and Wise to watch, wait, and see when it wants to choose how, and what will be responses as Hamas continues to Fire Rockets out of Weakness. Israel can respond anytime of its choosing as a Sign of Strength that will just add to Hamas Misery on Gaza!

      These are my Views and others can augment, criticize and differ with no offense taken. It is just sad again and again, Hamas choose to renege on Solutions for Peace while refusing another Opportunity so it prefers Attacks on Israel to divert attention it cannot properly provide for Palestinians People Living in Poverty.

      • Aug 10, 2018 @ 3:35 at 3:35

        I agree in part. But bombing empty buildings is just stupid. They know who and where Hamas is…. take them out.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:49 at 1:49

      They just talk and talk and talk

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 13:15 at 13:15

      more important for bibi :to please the bearded monkeys,actually wherever they might be

      • Aug 12, 2018 @ 6:23 at 6:23

        Bearded monkeys, really. You just pointed out how Esau, Laban and Lot are better men than U

    • Aug 11, 2018 @ 14:29 at 14:29

      Where is the proof 250 rockets were fired…

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:09 at 23:09

    While the Knock Knock is a great thing to avoid civilian or collateral damage, the reality is that BBC/CNN, al Jazeera, like American Main Stream Media, are going report it the way they want to, i.e. Anti IDF.

    Not worth warning them, for each rocket fired, take down a building until they live underground. Show them entering the hospitals, mosques and schools b4 leveling them.

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:13 at 23:13

    Big Talk, No Action
    They should form the “Yada,Yada, Yada” Brigade, led by General Yenta! !

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:16 at 23:16

    the israeli have no power, no idea, no courage
    they have only a good air force , which is not enough
    they must either convert or leave

    • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:44 at 23:44

      “No Power” We’ll just see about that. But then we have to listen to all the “poor Gazans killed”.

      • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:40 at 1:40

        How comes stray Grad rockets do not fall on al-Aqsa?

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:17 at 23:17

    Looking forward for another round………

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:36 at 23:36

    I wander about other things. We are told that most of the rockets had exploded in the open areas, eleven were intercepted and four hit Sderot. 11+4=15. By other words 27% of missiles had reached the target. This is compound with abysmal failure of the so called magic wand or David’s Sling to intercept two decrepit 40 years old russian mad Tochka U. After all this braggadocio, typically Israeli I dare say, about invincible Israeli anti-missile defence everybody keeps mum. No hype any more about Jewish brains creating wunderwaffen.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 2:16 at 2:16

      It is easy to see that no salvos of stray Grad rockets are falling on Al-Aqsa, most likely because Iron Dome mises by a little, but sufficient to deviate the rockets over towns and villages far away, without completely destroying the rockets.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 3:22 at 3:22

      you can always blow the world to kingdom come

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:38 at 23:38

    I understand not wanting to put troops in harm’s way…but what the hell are you doing to counter the terrorism and war launched against the people of Israel by Terrorstinians?

    Where are the punishing blockades and embargoes? What supplies are being cut off? Where is the constant 24/7 bombardment with less than precision weapons? Where is the indelible ink dropped on terrorists to permanently mark the launchers of incendiary kites and “balloons”?

    I am a diaspora Jew and have no right to criticize those who are on the ground and directly impacted by decisions to go to war but I want to see some serious responses to serious threats to the Jewish people.

    What happened to your courage and the determination?

  • Aug 9, 2018 @ 23:43 at 23:43

    It’s Israel’s feeble response that emboldens Hamas to keep escalating its attacks. No more warning shots! No more blowing up empty buildings! Every Hamas member must be targeted for annihilation, and the higher the rank, the more intensely they should be pursued.

    Israel’s weakness stems from its liberalism, a sophisticated form of modern-day idol worship that elevates Man himself, along with his wants and desires, above the Creator of the Universe. So long as Israel’s leaders fear Man more than they fear God, they’ll never achieve final victory over their enemies.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:40 at 12:40

      @ Martin,

      You are precisely on point. It is now, in the aftermath of the destruction of all the ancient “elilim”, that Mankind is confronted by its last, most crucial and decisive battle against idol-worship; self-worship. It is a battle that at present it seems to be losing, and it manifests on almost every level of society. Its banner bearers are liberal “progressives”, it’s legions the hordes of dementedly narcissistic sheeple, brainwashed by nihilistic atheism, and a culture built on a nauseating – and ultimately self-destructive – ethos of uber-aggressive self-agrandizement and materialism. And so, right before our disbelieving eyes, Western Culture – the world’s dominant culture for the past 2000 years – is busily dismantling itself….

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 0:01 at 0:01

    The Chief of Staff persuaded the cabinet! He also persuaded the new pastry chef at IDF headquarters to make extra cheesecake in case they had to work late.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 0:10 at 0:10

    Bibi is no Trump and has empowered Hamas to continue to terrorize Israeli Civilians. Vote for Golda!

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 0:21 at 0:21

    Another Gaza operation that does not destroy Hamas or gain its surrender is also useless. Hamas does not care about casualties on its side or about loss of infrastructure. Death of its own is good for PR. MSM have already written the stories. Destruction will be rebuilt with western taxpayer money. Deterrence requires permanent loss of something they care about. Take land for buffer zone or strike the leaders.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 0:58 at 0:58

    Unfortunately, (in my opinion only) Bibi will not commit to a full and proper response until Israelis are killed. Israelis have to die first, preferably many of them, before his hand will be forced. With the situation he has allowed to happen in the North, he is now worried and wanting to have all his resources available for what is almost certainly coming from iran and friends up there. The people in the South are going to be sacrificed for the rest of the country, so that the perception of having the ‘high moral ground’, is created. As we know, this means nothing to the millions of Israel and Jew-haters around the world. Nothing matters to them but the destruction of Israel, by whatever means. Bibi is waiting for the muslim army pile-on to get so bad that when the war begins in earnest, the threat and damage to Israel so great, that WMD’s are likely to be used. I am not a follower of prophecies, but they are not needed to entertain the vision of Damascus being destroyed. When all those rockets and missiles start flying into Israel; how is the IAF going to operate? I just see a massive, horrible war occurring with Israel brought to its knees, but also totally destroying its immediate enemies. There is no “day after” for them, but then again…they dont really care; its all for “allah”.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 3:29 at 3:29

      if Damascus is destroyed what will happen to Yerushalayim?

      on that day, that the glory of Jacob shall become impoverished and the fatness of his flesh shall become emaciated.
      5. And it shall be like gathering the harvest of the standing grain, and his arm reaps ears, and he shall be as one who gathers ears of grain in the valley of Rephaim.
      6. And gleanings shall be left in it like the cutting of an olive tree, two or three berries at the end of the uppermost bough; four or five on its branches when it produces fruit, says the Lord, God of Israel.
      7. On that day, man shall turn to his Maker, and his eyes shall look to the Holy One of Israel.
      8. And he shall not turn to the altar of the work of his hands, and what his fingers made he shall not regard, neither the asherim nor the sun-images.
      9. On that day, the cities of his strength shall be like the abandonment of the forest and the many branched trees which they abandoned from before the children of Israel, and it became a waste.
      10. For you forgot the God of your salvation, and the Rock of your strength you did not remember; because I planted you with pleasant saplings, and with the branch of a stranger you sow it.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:24 at 1:24

    Fearful of upsetting Trump’s “peace plan?!” Our cowardly, hypocritical IDF leadership:
    by FAR its own worst enemy ! More dangerous, than the ayatollahs, hizbollah and hamas combined !

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:25 at 1:25

    If the Israelis don’t care enough to defend themselves then why should I care anymore?

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:47 at 1:47

      Because they have left there God.They are afraid of what the World will think,instead of what God thinks.The problem will not go away.

      • Aug 10, 2018 @ 3:34 at 3:34

        “Whoever takes no thought for the honor of this maker it would be better for him not to be born.” (Mishnah Chagigah 2:1)

        Yeshayah (Isaiah) 10:16-23 Therefore, the Lord, HaShem Almighty, will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled like a blazing flame. The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers. The splendor of his forests and fertile fields it will completely destroy, as when a sick man wastes away. And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few that a child could write them down. In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on HaShem, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous. The Lord, HaShem Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:36 at 1:36

    Another piss poor decision by Israel in my opinion. The terrorists only understand one thing brute force. Anything else is perceived as weakness. I’ve always had the utmost respect for Netanyahu’s decision making but isn’t the role of government and leadership to protect their citizens from harm. How can the government allow the residents of the southern communities to live with the fear of rocket attacks day in and day out and not do something decisive to end it. To hell with the opinions of the left if it was up to them Israelis should be apologizing to Hamas for not dying.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:50 at 1:50

      Right on target.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 1:47 at 1:47

    YA ASAD YA HABIB COME AND SAVE TEL-AVIV. This politial ad was paid for by the national comm. to elect ASAD Prime Minister of Israel HE knows how to deal with terroists

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 2:25 at 2:25

    Hamas was forewarned that the building was going to be destroyed.
    They, being the Israelis and the palastinians deserve each other.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 3:59 at 3:59

    Israel’s incredibly weak leadership has just guaranteed more Hamas missiles. “Zero tolerance” and “IDF’s Iron Fist” is all FAKE NEWS. They keep playing defense, Hamas has ALL the initiative and Israel gets zero sympathy/ support for its restraint. It’s obvious what needs to be done here-
    1. Liquidate the top 25 Hamas terrorists.
    2. Expand the no-man’s-land in Gaza along the border to 1 km width.
    3. Only bread and drinking water allowed into Gaza from Israel until all manner of aggression stops.
    4. Split the strip into 4 along less populated horizontal stripes- heavily fortified and armed electronically/ remotely. This will short circuit the contraband movement up and down the strip.

    The alternative is a constant barrage into southern Israel and the complete abandonment of Israel’s southern citizens. Also, guess what the most popular after- school “club” is in Nablus, Jenin and Tulkarem? Arson balloon manufacturing.
    Liberman, Eisenkot and maybe Bibi need to resign/ be ousted. We need guys like Smotrich and Bennett to win, not lose ALL THE TIME AND EVERY TIME SINCE THE DISENGAGEMENT IN 2005.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 4:54 at 4:54

    I think hamas likes to be in the news. I think if they actually get lucky and kill a bunch of Israeli people…they will be in the news…as well as being in many pieces.

    Sorry but what exactly is a grad anyway?

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 5:16 at 5:16

    It is by the anti-missile defence and the bomb shelters and sheer luck that no Israeli has been killed. But is that a way to live every few years? Cease fires aka Hudnas are but a short respite till the next go around. What happens when an Israeli gets killed ?

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 5:20 at 5:20

    In the end, this is yet another perception victory for Hamas. Limited responces to unconventional warfare is a recipe for disaster / failure and not even the IDF can change that fact.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 5:56 at 5:56

    It seems like FATBOY Avdigor is pretty scared.

    I guess the $hitty little $ettler colony knows that the Palestinians would kick them in the teeth.

    And to think that NuttyYahoo talks about Iran like the squatters can do a damn thing.

    All talk, all wind.

    The squatters ain’t nothing without their sugar daddy.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 5:57 at 5:57

    Israel and Israelis deserve better then these coward political and military leaders. Shame on them all!!

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 8:55 at 8:55

    The Torah teaches us not to enter into a covenant with the inhabitants of the Land. They are to be driven out. I don’t think that there is any more that I need to write about this topic. If the Knesset is interested I am willing to help them to understand this. Eventually this will happen so I encourage them to move faster and contact me sooner than later.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 10:54 at 10:54

    It may be that God is inciting enemies against us in order to test us. Do we want the land that He promised us badly enough to be willing to fight for it, or would we rather surrender parts of it without a fight? If we’re not wiling to fight for all of the land, we may be deemed unworthy to possess any of it, just like the generation of the spies was deemed unworthy to enter the land. We have many enemies, of which Hamas is one of the smaller ones. If God helps us, we can defeat all of them without fail. But His help cannot be taken for granted. We have to merit it by acknowledging His dominion, committing ourselves to His service, and placing no other values, ideologies or desires above Him.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:08 at 12:08

      G’d will punnish us more with those stupid gay parades in Jerusalem. This will cost Live of many soldiers when we go to war now.

    • Aug 10, 2018 @ 12:49 at 12:49

      @ Martin,

      Please see my response to your comment above.

      Time is short, and action must be taken immediately. First step: STOP THE GAY PARADES IMMEDIATELY!!!! Begin the process of the only course of action that can possibly save our nation, now as its ever been: TESHUVAH

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 14:27 at 14:27

    I think something important is being missed by many/most.

    The attacks by Hamas are probably intended to provoke a massive response from Israel.

    It is probably hoped that this massive response would reduce cooperation between the countries currently at least somewhat allied against Iran. It might get the Europeans to be more defiant of USA sanctions on Iran and they might even hope that it might be a bargaining chip to get the USA to kill the further sanctions expected in November.

    While I think that wiping out terrorists is an admirable goal, the biggest terrorist regime is the current Iranian one. If by absorbing some of the terrorist outrages of Hamas you can keep the sanctions relatively effective and the Iranian population angry at Tehran rather than at Israel, you might end up with a non-terrorist regime in Iran.

    If the terrorist regime in Iran is overthrown then Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, etc. will heave their last-gasp attacks on Israel and the intensity of those problems should be expected to diminish.

    So an Israeli response which is calibrated to avoid a backlash in Europe, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Washington (DC), etc. while still diminishing the immediate threat – could be a very good strategic decision.

    Tehran is using Hamas strategically, it is best that the Israeli and allied responses also be strategic.

    Another way to say it? Hamas is an Iranian proxy. When Iran uses their proxy in a manner which conveys effectively no military benefit and will not result in the fall of the State of Israel, then you have to figure that what Tehran wants is the massive Israeli response. If Tehran gets that, Iran achieves its higher priority goals even if they lose a proxy which is of marginal value.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 15:39 at 15:39

    Just insane! What does Israel think they will get from Hamas when they propose to reward that terrorist organization for their increasingly and ongoing awful behavior with promises of a seaport, an airport, and an essentially open border crossing? Of course, Israel will reap even more bad behavior from Hamas. OK, so Hamas may reduce their cross-border attacks for a while, and may even return a few IDF soldier’s remains and as well as a few mentally damaged people held hostage (for which they should have been soundly throttled, but weren’t, so expect more hostage taking.) Overall, this looks as bad as (or worse than) Obama’s deal to lift sanctions and transfer billions of dollars to Iran in exchange for a pause in their efforts to field nuclear ICBMs.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 16:49 at 16:49

    Live is precious, so I understand not killing anyone unless they are killing yours. However, you still should kill a rabid dog BEFORE it can bite you.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 17:39 at 17:39

    Palestines have only one option left, to die till their freedom is assured. No one will grant your freedom on a silver plate lest you fight for it and accept death as a norm. Down with the apartheid policy. Aluta Continua.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 19:16 at 19:16

    what Israel needs is Moshe Feiglin as PM. Chicken Netanyahu should clear out.

  • Aug 10, 2018 @ 21:19 at 21:19

    @ dark,

    Yeah man, they gotta continue the resistance until their freedom to freely kill Jews is guaranteed! How dare those wascally jooos keep the Palestinians from their favorite pastime?!?! Insane!!! In fact, Israelis should let the paliphiles live amongst them so they can kill their neighbors at their convenience, as is the custom amongst Arabs everywhere you look.

    How could any reasonable, civilized human being think otherwise?!?!

  • Aug 11, 2018 @ 17:28 at 17:28

    The Bottom Line, Gaza can be a Mecca of Wealth based upon Religious, Cultural and Recreational Tourism for all Three Religions from Judaism to Christianity to Islam Pilgrimages. The Palestinians Living in Gaza Thrive Economically, Educationally, and Socially Worldwide.

    Unfortunately, none of this happen without the Gaza’s Palestinians choosing to Accept, Recognize and Respect their surrounding Neighbors, Nations and People of Egypt and Israel. So long as Palestinians have chosen to Live under the Fists of Hamas Hate they cannot and more importantly, are not capable or able to change anything within Themselves nor Gaza. They choose Economic Blight and Fights they cannot Win nor be Respected by others anywhere. They keep deciding their own Fate of, by, and For due to their Choices of Hate towards their Neighbors and within Gaza itself.

  • Aug 11, 2018 @ 21:39 at 21:39

    Hamas is so dumb, they keep on firing at ISrael for decades and their situation gets worse. Sure it is a money machine in constant manipulation of Gazans to enrich the dominant power and its mafia like affiliates. Instead of stopping with this nonsense, Hamas leadership are making tons of money while Gazans suffer. This is the ultimate shame and disgrace of their people. Instead of embracing peace with Israel, which will immediately improve their live conditions, they claim to defend their honoir. Is it honor or a shame ? Sure it is a shame applied to their own people. It is umbelievable how evil and stupid people can be sometimes, spiced by their evil ideology which is leading them to nowhere.

  • Aug 12, 2018 @ 1:36 at 1:36

    Guys… Isis-rael will loose everything because G-d is not on your side… Isis-rael has homosexual gay parades so they cannot be in the grace of G-d. Homosexuality and pedophilia are both part of the satanic worship that is really isis-rael. As a matter of fact isis-rael claims to be a secular jew liberal progressist colony. How schizophrenic can this be. How can you be a gay jew. Why does isis-raelis dosnt know about shabbat. Why are they so racist with people that never did nothing to them. Why is isisrael one of the worlds top producer and manufacturer of weapons of all kind and is “jewish” at the same time. Why haredim jews dont want to fight with IDF. isisraelis you most realize how much you are being brainwashed and how much your colony is FAKE (jewry wise).

    Isisrael has to stop funding isis militants in syria and has to stop permitting anus penetration of gays in the Holy city of jerusalem. Until then, keep worshipping satan.

    Antoine Rivest
    Anti zionist
    Anti gay in jerusalem

    • Aug 12, 2018 @ 5:29 at 5:29

      antoine rivest. You are sick. The way you see your place, yourself and what surrounds you is completely delusional. And you still try to find a name for you calling yourself in UPpercase letters what you are far from it. So, be far from Israel, move to your wonderland where you marry goats, as much as you can.

    • Aug 12, 2018 @ 8:12 at 8:12

      Hey Ann-twon,

      As a “anti-zionist real jew”, you should move to Hamass Gaza.

      Build synagogues, schools, kosher markets IN Hamass Gaza.

      Show the world how Hamass treats “anti-zionist REAL jews” like yourself and your family.

      Let’s see how things work out for you.

      When crazed Islamofascists scream for blood, you should be safe because you’re “anti-zionist real jews”.

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