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Perspective needed on Gaza conflict

By From page A8 | August 02, 2014

Israel totally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, taking out all settlements. Despite this, Israeli civilians continued to be the target of missiles coming from Gaza. To this date, more than 10,000 rockets have been fired indiscriminately at Israel.

Hamas took political control in 2006, in Palestinian Authority elections. The Hamas charter states, “The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews),” and, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

In effect, the people of Palestine chose a government that is committed to the destruction of their neighbor, Israel. For years, more than 5 million Israelis have been living under threat of constant, almost-daily rocket attacks.

As a result of this barrage, in 2007, Israel imposed a blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade was intended to prevent importation of military supplies.

If the Palestinian people truly wanted peace and wanted to co-exist side-by-side with Israel, they could have built the Gaza Strip into a Middle East oasis on the Mediterranean Sea. Their continued shelling of Israel, the election of a government bent on Israel’s destruction and the now-discovered tunnels meant to attack Israel are the greatest impediment to peace. No other country on Earth would be expected to sit back and absorb this. There is no reason for Israel to stop the current program of eradicating the “war machine” that exists on its border until every tunnel and rocket launcher has been dismantled.

The people of Palestine have chosen Hamas and now are suffering the effects. Hamas chose to build terror tunnels rather than schools and hospitals. Hamas’ policy of hiding their armaments in mosques, schools and heavily populated areas has put innocent civilians at risk. It is a clear violation of international law. Hamas’ leadership is openly operating from inside Shifa hospital in Gaza.

The way to move past this problem is to free Gaza – from Hamas.

Mark Susskind

Fairfield

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  • The SugarJarAugust 02, 2014 - 6:01 am

    Yes, perspective is needed. Start by reading the perspectives of others. Sure read the official take. But also that of thise folks telling you something is awry with that official perspective. Weigh it, think about it. And repeat as often as necessary.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 02, 2014 - 9:03 am

    I don't usually venture into this argument because frankly, what goes on over there is a complete unsolvable mystery. After watching a recent interview with Netanyahu, I gained new respect for his position on the matter. IMO, Israel has shown a great deal of restraint even with their return bombings. With their massive military presence, they could easily demolish the enemy and take the whole region over yet they have never chosen to do so. I'm not going to pretend I know anything about the religious and political issues involved. But I do know it has gone on and will continue forever. Why don't we remove ourselves from the entire Middle Eastern process and take care of matters here at home?

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  • SteveAugust 02, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Perspective? Hardly? Propaganda more likely. The atrocities committed by Zionists against Palestinians go back to 1948 when Zionists forcibly took thousands of Palestinian homes and sent their occupants to refugee camps. Gaza is no paradise. It is a densely populated slum, totally dictated to by Israel and Egypt and includes 800,000 children. How is this for perspective? Israeli soldiers in 1967 taking 20 male Palestinians in the West Bsnk, lining them up, shooting them individually and running them over with a bulldozer until they were unrecognizable pulp. Or timing the 2007 bombing of Gaza to coincide with the time children we're let out of school. Or the fact that an Israeli and a Palestinian can commit the exact same crime at the exact same time and place and the Israeli, when arrested will go through the civilian judicial system, and the Palestinian will be handed over to the IDF and be tortured If you were Palestinian, with no hope of ever living free, what would you do? Think about that perspective?

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  • Time For TruthAugust 02, 2014 - 9:28 am

    You are absolutely right, Steve. Why are so many Americans so brainwashed? Why do so many Americans side with the Zionist oppressors? (Most Americans call the Zionists "Jews" but the Zionists are not Jews; they are non-religious, nationalistic (think NAZI) and are invaders and occupiers.) Could it be, as Jackie Mason recently said (story on Drudgereport this morning) that Hollywood is run by Jews (meaning, Zionists)? Could it be that our national government is run by Zionists (AIPAC)? The answers is YES. Real Jews HATE Zionism. If you have sympathy for Jews, then you'll hate and fight Zionism too.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 02, 2014 - 9:31 am

    You are absolutely right, Steve. Why are so many Americans so brainwashed? Why do so many Americans side with the Zionist oppressors? (Most Americans call the Zionists "Jews" but the Zionists are not Jews; they are non-religious, nationalistic (think NA ZI) and are invaders and occupiers.) Could it be, as Jackie Mason recently said (story on Drudgereport this morning) that Hollywood is run by Jews (meaning, Zionists)? Could it be that our national government is run by Zionists (AIPAC)? The answers is YES. Real Jews HATE Zionism. If you have sympathy for Jews, then you'll hate and fight Zionism too.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/idfonline/photos/a.250335824989295.62131.125249070831305/819075381448667/?type=1August 02, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Is anyone surprised listening to the news on right now that Hamas violated the ceasefire, still firing rockets, kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier (Yes, I know in war soldiers are fair game, BUT DURING A CEASE FIRE (?) )). All I can say, and yes I do feel sorry for the kids, etc. being blasted in a school, etc., but they need to blame the proper party, their own people, Hamas!!!!!! The Palestinian people are lucky, so lucky that I am not the leader if Israel, because I would have already made them ALL EXTINCT, as cruel as that sounds. War is HELL. Civilians get killed. Just ask the tens if not hundreds of thousands of Germans during WWII. Israel NEVER EVER starts this crap, but sure as heck needs to FINISH IT, NOW. The following (In URL, in name) was the numbers from over a WEEK AGO. Imagine now.

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  • JagAugust 02, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    BLOW Hamas off the face of this earth....

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  • Time For TruthAugust 02, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Yeah, that's the ticket. Kill all the brown-skinned people that you don't like. What a bonehead you are.

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