A 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has been reached and will commence Friday.

On "The Five" today, the panel reacted to this major development in Israel's Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.


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Eric Bolling said Israel is "giving Hamas a break" and offering them a chance to reevaluate a war they’re clearly losing, noting the 92% support for the military action within Israel.

Andrea Tantaros asked if Israel is doing this to keep Hamas from winning the PR battle, but Dana Perino said she thinks Israel is beyond that and knows the media is not going to help them at this point.


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Perino continued that the extent of Hamas' network of cross-border tunnels was a wake-up call to Israel and added that 72 hours is enough time for Hamas to reposition women and children in dangerous areas for when Israel resumes its operation, in order to continue it's negative PR campaign.

Gutfeld said, “Cease-fire [for] Hamas means reload. It’s a timeout for terror.” He pointed out that much of the Arab world has sided against Hamas.


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The rest of the panel took issue when Juan Williams characterized Israel's military operation as “slaughter” and said they are trying to regain moral authority. Tantaros said Israel already has the moral authority because they are dealing with terrorists.

"Israel is the only country in the world that calls ahead when they’re bombing," Gutfeld concluded.

Watch the full discussion in the clip above.


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