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January 13, 2009

Conflict in Gaza

Even after Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas continued unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli cities. Playgrounds in Israel have bomb shelters. Why have there been no reports over the years on the shattered lives of Israelis?

Hamas is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization dedicated to annihilating Israel and disrupting peace efforts. Using civilians as human shields, Hamas deliberately launches rockets from civilian neighborhoods, places weapons in and near the homes of its own people, and hides in schools, hospitals and mosques. Militants wear civilian clothes and are counted among civilian dead. Hamas knows that even though Israel attacks military targets with precision, there will be civilian casualties and the world will blame Israel. No other country in the world is being asked to endure attacks on an almost daily basis without response.

In democratic elections after Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, a majority of Palestinians elected Hamas. Terrorism has its consequences.

Anita Colman
Mission

For Palestinians it is a struggle for survival. For Israelis it is an undertaking to break Hamas’ back. But the battle in Gaza is of no less significance to the U.S. What is at stake is America’s ability to reclaim its sovereignty in making foreign policy decisions based on its values and self-interests, including mending its strained relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds.

While the Bush administration lacked the will to alter the dynamics that produced the current conflict, the upcoming administration is determined to get engaged. Barack Obama kept his cards close to his chest while the onslaught in Gaza went on. If he delivers a fair resolution to the crisis, Arabs and Muslims will pardon his cautious posture while hundreds lost their lives under Israeli fire. If, on the other hand, he maintains the “Israel is our strongest ally” policy, then all bets are off.

Rami Saffarini
Platte City

Comments

Arminius

Rami is asking Israel to respect the Palestinians when the Palestinians have no respect for their own people.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/01/022544.php

Rami Saffarini

Dailyprophet, what I meant by all bets are off, is basically another 8 years of George Bush on Middle East Foreign policy. Like you have correctly stated, if America wants to be the broker for peace, it cannot continue with an openly pro-Israel policy. Still, I am still hopeful that Obama will be a more honest and serious broker than George Bush, and we should give him a chance (we really have no choice).

Israel needs to do a lot more that leave Gaza. For a starter, Israel needs to lift the blockade around Gaza, stop withholding the monies ear-marked for the Palestinians, stop building settlements all over Palestine, abandon the wall project it is putting up on Palestinian land, which the UN asked it to remove, and the list goes on.

Hamas did signal their willingness to recognize Israel. But first Israel needs to define what Israel is. Israel has no declared boundaries. It continues to expand its territories by building settlements and highways to the settlements and then buffer zones around those highways. The land they are willing to recognize as Palestinian are no more than a bunch of small isolated pockets that look like sores on Israel’s face; very ugly indeed.

dailyprophet

Rami - when you say "all bets are off", what do you mean? I agree with you that the best way for a resolution for that conflict is for the U.S. to help both sides work towards peace. And it needs to be more impartial than it has been to credibly be that broker. However, you will have to give the Obama administration some time, this won't happen overnight. And all sides will have to make concessions for any kind of plan to have any hope.
Let's just assume Israel leaves Gaza, and Obama will signal that Israel is no longer our strongest ally. Just for the sake of argument. Will Hamas then drop calling for Israel's destruction?

solomon

I don't think I've ever called the IDF terrorists, though I've objected to giving them military hardware. I've never said that Israel has no right to defend itself. I've just said do it without my tax money. They are in a state of war, let them defend themselves. If they can't do it themselves, so be it, let them go the way of other people not strong enough to resist an enemy.

You know, like the people who used to live where you do now.

Arminius

solomon:

"Then to answer your question, I don't think much of his father, as I don't think much of any terrorist."

Rahm Emanuel himself was a civilian volunteer assisting the Israel Defense Forces during the 1991 Gulf War.

solomon

Then to answer your question, I don't think much of his father, as I don't think much of any terrorist.

See, Arminius, I think all terrorists are scum, I judge them all the same, just as I do all traitors, backstabbers, liars, thieves, etc.

Its like when I've stated here that I am against military foreign aid from us to anyone, but all you hear is that I am anti-Israel.

Arminius

solomon:

Rahm Emanuel's father was a member of the Irgun.

solomon

BuddyT, You welfare lover

Old Ben celebrates that zionists used terror to further their goals. I realize you are too much in support of your 51st state to recognize that, or too stupid to even know it.

solomon

Why would you say that, Arminius?

Arminius

solomon:

You must not think much of Obama's chief of staff.

mianotkia

Hell, I didn't even have time to get my post in before the old Race Card jumped you the old fart moves like the speed of light if someone dares to defend a Jew doesn't he?

mianotkia

Now you have done it Armi....Race Card and Pubes will be on you like a duck on a june bug......

solomon

A great quote from someone who celebrates the terrorist acts of zionists against the British.

Arminius

"If the Arabs lay down their arms there will be no more war, but if Israel lays down its weapons there would be no more Israel." - Knesset Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu

Sadly, that is the truth. Therefore, those who favor democracy and freedom must support Israel.

 
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