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Gaza ground invasion: Shedding the pretense of 'precision'

The real aim was to annihilate anything within marching distance of the border – including, it turns out, a hospital housing elderly patients and international activists there to protect them.

When he launched his war on Gaza 10 days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his military commanders to “take the gloves off.” Yesterday, they put on brass knuckles.

Shedding even the pretense of “precision” – a lie that has so far left at least 45 Palestinian children dead – Israeli tanks and warships shelled Gaza indiscriminately ahead of a ground incursion that Netanyahu claimed was aimed at destroying tunnels along the border with Israel.

Never mind that Netanyahu himself, during his 2012 war on Gaza, used airstrikes to destroy far more sophisticated tunnels along the Rafah border. This time, one-ton bombs dropped from F-16s could not have sufficed. The real aim was to annihilate anything within marching distance of the border – including, it turns out, a hospital housing elderly patients and international activists there to protect them.

An Israeli canon at an Israeli army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip in the east, on July 16, 2014. Operation 'Protective Edge' enters it's ninth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as yesterday's ceasefire agreement proposed by Egypt has failed to restore calm.

An Israeli canon at an Israeli army deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip in the east, on July 16, 2014. Operation ‘Protective Edge’ enters it’s ninth day of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as yesterday’s ceasefire agreement proposed by Egypt has failed to restore calm.

On the same day that the hospital’s director, Basman Alashi, published this powerful piece in the Detroit News, in which he vowed to stay at his patients’ side “come hell or high water,” the Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital was pummeled for hours by heavy artillery, forcing him and other hospital staff to evacuate patients like 85-year-old Hiba Kalli amidst the sound and the fury. They barely made it out alive before the hospital buckled under the weight of the bombardment.

As of this writing, Haaretz reports that 20 Palestinians were killed in the onslaught, adding to a tally that already exceeded 250. Meanwhile, behind the horrific numbers, those who remain spoke Thursday of a “living death,” telling Reuters reporter Noah Browning that they see no point in a ceasefire that would leave Israel’s suffocating siege in place and maintain its ability to bomb Gaza at whim.

And why should they? Even as U.S.-funded weapons were being used to fire at places like Wafa Hospital, Washington lawmakers predictably banded together Thursday night to pass a resolution pledging their support to Israel. In so doing, they were arguably in violation of their own Arms Export Control Act, which limits the use of American-made weapons “solely for internal security” – not to further the military occupation of another people. But never mind all of that; laws have done nothing to protect the people of Gaza.

In Netanyahu’s no-hold-barred world, the region’s mightiest military and sole nuclear power runs roughshod over civilians with impunity, of late displacing 100,000 or more from their homes along the border – all to make way for “boots on the ground.” And when the dust settles, “victory” will be gauged, not by the destruction of Hamas – for that has been tried before, and Netanyahu knows better — but by how satiated the most rabid of his political bedfellows have become, once the killing is done. In this month of Ramadan, Palestinians fast while the Israeli war machine feasts.

         Read +972′s coverage of the latest round of violence

If you still see daylight between Israel’s current bloodletting and its state-sanctioned policy toward the Palestinians, have a look at what the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Moshe Feiglin, posted on his official website Tuesday. It’s a seven-point tract named, without a hint of irony, “My Outline for a Solution for Gaza.”

Point one is titled “Ultimatum,” and here it is, word for word:

One warning from the Prime Minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. Hamas may unconditionally surrender and prevent the attack.

Enemy population? To whom, exactly, is the deputy speaker referring? Perhaps point two will offer clarification. It’s titled “Attack”:

Attack of the entire ‘target bank’ throughout the Gaza Strip with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. It is enough that we are hitting exact targets and that we gave them advance warning.

All of this, writes this top Israeli parliamentarian, is aimed at ensuring that Gaza “will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.” And as for the Palestinians already there, “those who were not involved in anti-Israel activity will be offered a generous international emigration package.”

Generous? As one Palestinian was quoted today as saying, “you leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.” The ground invasion may have begun, but the Palestinians of Gaza remain steadfast.

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    1. Arb

      More propaganda. Just remember, Samer, Hamas might be getting good publicity out of this but at the end of the day, they launched this war, they refused to stop it when they could, they rejected the cease fireS that have been offered and they have placed their bombs in schools, near schools, in mosques, near mosques and in residences and near residences.

      The Palestinian groups’ immoral behavior which you defend, even as you attack Israel for seeking to prevent endless attacks on its population, speaks volumes about you.

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      • I remember Israel collectively terroriIng the Palestinians in the West Bank a couple weeks ago! How dare you believe Israel has a monopoly on victimhood and violence. What are we!!!! What the fk do you see when you think of Palestinians! Enough! Palestinians are beautiful human beings with complex emotions and identities like everyone else! See us!!! Enough with the fascist!! Ya Allahhhhhhhh!

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        • Craig Vale

          For all the protestations emanating from the mouths of the butchers in Tel Aviv re: “precision bombing ” and ” Surgical Strike ” the evidence on the ground says otherwise as the end result is little different from the barrel bombs dropped on the citizens of Homs, Syria by another adept קאַצעוו , Bashir al Assad . The myth of Hamas hiding among civilians is Hasbaran propaganda at its best. Leni Riefenstahl & her boss Goebells would be standing to applaud the adroitness of which Hasbara has been able to BS the world for the better part of three decades. As Israel continues to lay siege in the Gaza, what do people expect the Gazans to do? How soon all the historians who keep alive the holocausts horrible history as a lessom for future generations to heed, they fail to mention the comparison to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising where people who are treated subhumanley act as such when cornered.For the most part ( there are a few exceptions) most Israeli’s choose to ignore the brutality that occurs in maintaining the occupation. The Gazan’s fight for sustenance, the IDF for sport. Israel is now nearly bereft of any shred of morality as their program of Lebensraum continues unabated and the Netanyahu gov’t seeks their own ” Final Solution” Has the Nation of Israel no shame left ?

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      • CigarButNoNice

        “The Palestinian groups’ immoral behavior which you defend…”

        The end, that of Arab imperialism robbing the Jewish nation of self-determination on their indigenous territory, justifies any and all means, including the use of human shields, hiding rocket launchers in hospitals and schools, and concocting a fictitious non-Jewish “Palestinian nation” from scratch.

        Arab colonialism would meet the fate of SA apartheid ideology were it not for the employment of lies and turnspeak by its unscrupulous propagandists.

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        • Average American

          Cigar I laughed out loud when I read your post. The Jewish Nation being robbed by oh my goodness a NON-Jewish nation. Heavens! Robbed of your indigenous territory. Oh man that’s funny. A bunch of Jews from Europe and Russia pour in and start pushing people out who were already there and it’s YOUR territory! Oh man. They fight back and you go ape sh*t and it’s THEIR fault. Oh man that’s too funny. You’re doing Jewish Lebensraum and it’s THEIR fault. Oh man.

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        • Craig Vale

          Indigenous lands? According to whom? In the last 3,000 yrs. Jews have less than a 500 yr. presence in the ME. The diaspora accounted for 95+ % of Jews outside the ME. For a matter of fact David slew the Canaanites and stole THIER lands.

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          • CigarButNoNice

            Average,

            “A bunch of Jews from Europe and Russia…”

            Somehow you forgot all the Jews who came in from the Arab world. Some of them contemporaneously with the first returnees from Russia—in 1882 there was a Yemenite as well as Russian aliyah.

            Somehow you also forgot that in the Jewish State of Israel 2014 the Jews of European extraction are a minority; those of Oriental extraction are the majority now, and they are overwhelmingly *not* for capitulating to the Arab imperialists’ demands.

            I’d hate to withdraw your amnesia pills. I mean, it would be cruel, exceedingly cruel, to pull the rug from such an elaborately, painstakingly edifice of the New Racial Theory of “White European Zionist Colonists vs. Brown Indigenous Palestinians” and replace it with the totally different truth.

            The truth that neither of the sides is defined by Race; that you can find people of all races of both sides; that those are two nations fighting for the same land; and that the one nation, the Jewish nation, has only this tiny plot of land it can call home, while the other, the Arab nation, already possesses huge swathes of land, and greedily wants what the Jewish nation has.

            “You’re doing Jewish Lebensraum…”

            The neo-Nazism is yours, Average. All yours. I’m not the one who views this conflict through the prism of Racial Conflict. You do. Typical parochial, blinkered American onlooker and busybody, you can only think about this conflict through the familiarities of your history, unable to fathom that Race isn’t the be-all and end-all of geopolitics. You’re no different in view from a Stormfronter, only with the angels and devils (whites/blacks) reversed.

            Jewishness is not about race. Zionism is not about race. The Jews are the indigenous of the Land of Israel. The Arabs (even when they falsely call themselves “Palestinians”) are imperialists, colonists and land-thieves. Justice demands that they cease obstructing the rights of the indigenous people of this land, the Jewish people. No justice, no peace!

            Craig Vale,

            “In the last 3,000 yrs. Jews have less than a 500 yr. presence in the ME.”

            So what? A nation is indigenous to a territory as long as it keeps its culture tied to it, not through tenure on the land. The culture of the Palestinian Arabs is little different from that of other Arabs elsewhere. There’s nothing uniquely Palestinian about them except their happenstance residence. By the same token a Greek could lay claim to land in Afghanistan because his ancestors settled Sogdia after Alexander’s armies conquered it.

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          • andrew r

            The problem with this whole “Zionism is not colonialism” narrative is that back when colonialism was socially acceptable in Europe, many Zionist figures openly referred to what they were doing as exactly that. Ruppin and others worked for economic separation partly because European Jews would aim for a higher standard of living while the existing Ottoman nationals in Palestine, Muslim and Jewish alike, were “content with little”. Herzl, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and Jabotinsky referred to the Palestinian Arabs as native. Weizmann: “There is a fundamental difference in quality between Jew and native”. (One Palestine Complete 110)

            Had the WZO been able to establish a state by 1914, its settlement activities amply demonstrated it would have been an ashkenazic supremacist state. Olim from Yemen were not welcomed in the kibbutzim, period, and only permitted in moshavot as workers, not residents. When Yemenite workers went on strike, their Asheknazi counterparts did not join them. Kibbutzniks Yosef Bussel and Israel Bloch (Both founders of Degania) wrote that while they would expand into new territory, the role of conquering labor in the moshavot fell to the Yemenites.
            books.google.com/books?id=OBzoJJGUAvUC&pg=PA105
            PA114

            Plus your rebuttal to American isn’t internally coherent – first you say “you can find people of all races on both sides” then it’s this about Arabs: “imperialists, colonists and land-thieves”. As if the Palestinian Arabs are all descended from Arabian migrants.

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        • Craig Vale

          You should reacquaint yourself with the history of the treachery in which the Arabs were treated post WWI. Read the Balfour Declaration the Paris Peace Agreement and especially the Sykes – Picot agreement that betrayed the Arabs who fought with the allies to oust the Ottoman’s. What you proffer is the old well worn diatribe where Israel is always the perennial victim and NEVER the victimizer. Look at the maps included in the link provided and tell me in good conscience if this happened to YOUR lands, that you wouldn’t be angry at the events of the last 60 or so years.

          http://www.ifamericansknew.org/about_us/4maps.html

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      • Goldmarx

        Hamas offered terms for a cease-fire over a week ago, and Israel refused.

        Hamas rejected an Egyptian cease-fire for which it was not consulted and would leave the Gazans as miserable as ever.

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        • Arb

          Hamas offered terms?

          Hamas can stop firing. Period.

          The terms they proposed were “We expect Israel to ignore the fact we started this fight and we are launching rockets at their civilians and in order to have us stop, we expect them to lift a blockade so we can get more arms in here.” Do you think everyone is an idiot? You are defending people who have put all Gazan and Israeli civilians in harm’s way.

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          • Goldmarx

            Why should Hamas stop firing? So they can be sitting ducks to slake your genocidal thirst, like those four Palestinian boys playing soccer on the beach?

            Hamas’ terms were about lifting the blockade and opening the entrance the Rafah Gate, for example. Those who complain about the reliance on tunnels ought to welcome those terms.

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          • Arb

            Genocidal.

            That’s why Gaza’s population, which numbered 355,000 people in 1967 is presently 1.7 million according to Palestinian and UNWRA sources.

            Israelis sure suck at genocide.

            As for lifting the blockade, I repeat, that is simply opening the floodgates for arming of Gaza to a degree that makes their current arsenal look like child’s play. No way.

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          • Goldmarx

            Of course you ‘repeat’ – like someone else notorious for the Big Lie. But you don’t document from reliable sources.

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          • Craig Vale

            Likewise Israel could stop the occupation, obey UN res 242 and end the siege of Gaza. Fat chance of that happening eh ? Bibi has his own iteration of the ” Final Solution” as his ongoing policy of Lebensraum continues unabated. Settlement after settlement constructed despite UN prohibition. Israel holds the record for ignoring UN resolutions and frankly they couldn’t care less. They are intent on pushing all Gazan’s into the sea.

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        • Whiplash

          Goldie, shooting rockets at Israel is not going to make Palestinians less miserable, but more miserable because Israel is attacking Hamas and in doing so Gazans are caught up in the cross fire.

          By the way, in what deluded reality do you or Hamas live in which the loser gets to dictate the terms of the ceasefire. If Hamas wants the legal blockade of Gaza lifted, it will disarm and accept the Quartet’s three conditions for joining negotiations. If not, they should man up and stop using its citizens as human shields for its fighters and military assets.

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          • Eliza

            You seem to be under the same deluded reality that the UK and France were when they signed the Treaty of Versailles after Germany’s WW1 defeat. That didn’t work too well in the longer run.

            We all know that Israel can kill lots of Palestinians with its smart weapons; it can engage in a duck shoot in Gaza every couple of years or so without too much consequence to Israelis. No doubt its toy soldiers in tanks can even think they have been in a war, that they bravely defended their state, rather than a orgy of killing of defenceless people but still….

            We see the images of Israelis enjoying their little war; whether they be on hillsides cheering bombs falling on non-Jews or excitedly telling tales of how they have to run to shelters (just like Londoners did in the blitz); how difficult it is to have their dinner interrupted and don’t even think that summer camp for little Israelis should be affected.

            You are winning the wrong battle and losing the only game that will count in the longer run. Zionism has failed. It will damage but not take Judaism down with it.

            One thing that will not happen is that individual Israeli Jews will be considered guilty simply because they voted in people like Netanyahu.

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          • Arb

            You seem to have quite a few fundamental misunderstandings of the situation.

            First of all, Israelis would rather not have to serve in the army at all and certainly not send their kids to serve. These wars and threats give them little choice.

            Second, there may be some Israelis in the Western Negev who, after having thousands of rockets launched at them (“disturbing their dinners”) actually take joy in watching the other side get payback. That has nothing to do with wanting non-Jews to get bombed. Rather, they view it as their haters, violators of basic principles decency by going after civilian targets, getting their just desserts.

            However, the irony that these perpetrators, whom you are defending, actually did attack these Western Negev families precisely because they are Jewish, is probably not lost on you, which makes your misleading comments underhanded and smarmy.

            Last, and I saved this for the end because it’s so delicious, only entirely deluded people think Zionism is dying. Zionism is thriving. The Zionist left is dying. Ha’aretz is dying. The possibility of a Palestinian state, which was actually on the table for a number of years thanks to Israel, is definitely dying thanks to Palestinians and their useful idiots who believe they’re actually going to destroy Israel. But Israel and Zionism? They’re thriving.

            Go to Israel. Drive around. Visit some businesses and neighborhoods. Speak to people on the street anywhere you go. Visit schools and playgrounds. That country is skyrocketing and the majority of its inhabitants and neighbors know full well that it is precisely Zionism that has led to this amazing situation.

            And as the Palestinians look on at Israel with envy and hatred, the only people they have to blame are themselves and their foolish supporters. Propaganda doesn’t improve GDP or prospects for a state. Only compromise and a willingness to live respectfully with their neighbors will lead to that. Right now, that option appears to be light years away for the Palestinians…while Israelis have just broken their record for biggest business investing quarter ever.

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    2. Patricia Ward

      Arb—no one is disputing that Hamas is inviting this slaughter and destruction with their pathetic rockets that can result in only one thing–the murder of their own children on a day to day basis. Everyone knows exactly how Israel retaliates, every time. But this is classic case of blaming the victim. She was whining, so I had to smash her skull into the concrete till she shut up. It is agonizing to listen to people like you constantly yap about how it’s all Hamas’s fault, creating a little dust cloud of yapping that continues to obscure the actual horror which is an innocent civilian population that has nowhere to run being crushed, humiliated, bombed and killed, left homeless, wounded, emotionally shattered, deprived of all the most basic rights. That this is justifiable to anyone at all is mind boggling and frankly sickening.

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      • Whiplash

        The Victim, as you describe Gazans, is hardly innocent. The Gazans elected Hamas, a terrorist entity sworn to the destruction of the Israel state and engaged in gross acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians to the detriment of the Gazan population. They knew by electing Hamas, Hamas would continue with their attacks and escalations of hostilities which would be ultimately fought on the soil of Gaza. Hamas hardly hid their intentions and Gazans whole heatedly applauded Hamas.

        The people of Gaza could have elected Salam Fayyad’s party to head its government. His party’s platform was to build a Palestinian nation as its principle reason. It only garnered 2% of the Palestinian vote.

        Gazans also have a choice to leave an area of fighting such as some Gazans have been doing in taking up residence in UNWRA schools. In addition the population could demand of Hamas to provide localities to which the they could locate during the hostilities. The Geneva Conventions for Protection of Civilians in wars provides for such a provision whereby Hamas could provide a demilitarized area for its civilian population to be located while its wages war from other areas.

        Gazans individually could also take the same precautions which Israelis do. Israelis build safe rooms in their homes, they build shelters and take cover when the rockets and mortars begin to fly. The Palestinians instead send their children and civilians onto roofs of Hamas leaders to act as human shields or to play on the battle front.

        It is time for Palestinians to start taking responsibilities for their actions.

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        • Reza Lustig

          So, it’s all their fault for voting for the wrong party?

          Grow a sense of human decency, and get over yourself.

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      • Arb

        Patricia, the myth of the Qassem rockets being these ineffective little metal cans is over. Hamas has rockets penetrating Israel’s center effectively, even bypassing Iron Dome.

        They are shooting rockets randomly at civilian targets. They are doing it with thousands of rockets. They are also desperately trying to have a tunnel operation for which they have built masterful tunnels.

        The innocent population of Gaza, which elected Hamas, is a victim of…Hamas. Not of Israel. Israel is protecting its citizens and has given Hamas every chance not to start this war and then to get out of it.

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      • Goldmarx

        Actually, I’m disputing that, and I’m a Zionist. If Hamas did nothing, even more Palestinians would be killed. Sheep to the slaughter, as it were, which is how Bibi (and Ayelet Shaked) wants it.

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        • Whiplash

          Maybe if Hamas stopped fighting, surrendered its arms and started doing something positive for Gazans, things could improve. You know, like funding health care, building desalination and water treatment plants, building out the electrical grid, allowing free speech and freedom of assembly, could lead to better Palestinian lives.

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          • Goldmarx

            The Hamas-led Gaza tried that at the beginning, but Israel pre-emptively blockaded Gaza, forcing Gazans to rely on alternatives, such as tunnels.

            Israel after Rabin has no use for Palestinians who are nice and moderate, since it gives the Palestinian cause more prestige.

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          • Reza Lustig

            You thus forget the reason Hamas was so popular in the first place: they were the only ones offering any kind of social welfare, and weren’t crooked like the other groups.

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    3. Sonnenuhr

      Let us cut through Samer’s propaganda. Gaza is a hostile entity, the enemy of the state of Israel. Gaza is controlled by Hamas whose reason for existence is the destruction of the state of Israel and genocide of the Jews. Its leaders, like Fathi Hammad, openly talk about committing genocide against Jewish people. Its prime minister, Haniyeh, at a rally for the graduation of 13,000 children from military training proudly proclaimed the formation of a female child suicide squadron and warned Israelis they were coming for them. Hamas’ charter states it is the duty of every Muslim to conduct Jihad against the Jews. The charter says jihad is the only way and says negotiations are pointless.

      When an enemy and terrorist entities attack Israel, Israel has a right of self defense. The right of self defense allows Israel to kill the enemy including civilians who might be collateral damage to Israel’s self defense.

      Civilian casualties are an inevitable consequence of Hamas and other terrorist factions using civilian infrastructure to hide and launch its attacks against Israeli citizens. One can watch Israel drone videos of targets attacked which show secondary explosions from munitions and rockets exploding in the structures targeted. Palestinians are being killed in the blowback of the destruction of the Palestinians own weapons meant to be fired on Israeli civilians.

      Palestinians are also being killed as a result of shrapnel from Israeli missiles. Of course many of the deaths from shrapnel could have been avoided if Palestinian did not let their children play on roofs or run on beaches in the vicinity of an attack. The deaths would be limited if Gazans built shelters, safe rooms and took other precautions as individual Israelis have. However, Gazans fail to take any responsibility for their actions.

      In fact Gazans support Hamas and other terrorist factions in their fight against Israel. I have watched Hamas rallies attended by hundreds of thousands of Gazans who in a religious frenzy sing and cheer Hamas speakers declaring their genocidal intentions against Israel and Jews. Just the other day the Globe and Mail reported that Palestinians housed in Gaza schools cheered the firing of rockets at Israel which were fired from an area in close proximity to their school. Gazans have no problem with Hamas firing rockets from where they are but cry when Israel targets those same attackers.

      These Palestinians should pause for a second and ask what are they doing cheering Hamas which uses them as human shields to conduct its war.

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    4. Hugh Jardohn

      The U.N. needs to fold Gaza back into Egypt. Israel is never, as it shouldn’t, allow a contiguous “West Bank/Gaza configuration and Gaza has not the wherewithal to stand as a Nation in and of itself. Get rid of it. Those that did not want be Egyptian get to leave but let’s quit ‘wringing our hands’ and just get rid of it.

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    5. Danny

      Feiglin: Israel’s deputy speaker of the knesset.

      What more is there to say?

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    6. Average American

      I hope everyone watches Israel in action. Because Israel was created by Zionism (Herzl et al) for one purpose, to take over The Land Of Israel For The Jews. By any means. Regardless of whoever the current place-holder Prime Minister is. Everything else is spin. Want to know what territory is considered The Land Of Israel? Look at the map on the posters of Menachem Begin’s Irgun.

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      • Craig Vale

        Herzl’s vision was hijacked by militant nationalists upon his early demise at the age of 44. I truly believe had he lived things would have evolved much differently. To condemn Zionism out of hand is callous as there was certainly a need and a want for a Jewish State. Early proposals had called for Argentina and Uganda as viable options to the Middle East. The “Dreyfus Affair” in France showcased antisemetism and was perhaps the proverbial straw that broke the camels back and solidified the what according to Herzl was the need for a ” Jewish” homeland. Having been persecuted for centuries that dream had a lot of validity to it. So while I’d agree that Zionism does account for much of the ” attitude” we see today, it was not conceived with the hatred we see it manifested with now. So I’d cut Theodor some slack on this one.

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    7. Dick

      As someone who has lived in Israel (including Be’er Sheva in December 2008 and January 2009) and is married to an Israeli, I have visceral reaction to the Netanyahu defenders attempting to justify Israel’s latest devastation of Gaza. The intense racism that resonates through you comments speaks much louder that your flimsy talking points. Whether you are paid or spontaneous trolls, your posts only validate the critics of Israel and of Zionism.

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    8. Richard

      Title should be: “Samer Badawi – shedding the pretense of “facts” and “honesty.”

      Pretending this author knows anything about military tactics makes me think of “Looks like we’ve got Ja Rule on the line – let’s hear what Ja has to say about this tragedy.”

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    9. Craig Vale

      As it does every few years, the streets of Gaza fill with the blood of men woman and children as Israel seeks revenge. This time for the horrible murders of three Israeli boys a few weeks back. Loathe to admit that it is the decades of oppression and the blockade of the Gaza by the Israeli government that has contributed greatly to the violence, government officials along with far too many an Israeli root for the death of the Gazan’s. While many a Jew the world over is offended by the term ” Blood Libel” one has justification in using the term when video after video shows Israeli’s perched atop the hillsides on the outskirts of the Gaza cheering each and every bomb blast and the black clouds filled with the aerosol of the blood of innocents caught up in the carnage that is unleashed upon the Palestinians like clockwork every few years. ” Mowing the lawn” as one Israeli official termed the incursion.
      How can a civilized person sit calmly on a hillside, soft drink and falafel in hand and cheer for death and not be rightly accused of lusting for blood ?This isn’t even about revenge anymore. It’s about a systematic genocide and ethnic cleansing and the incredible disproportional use of military power in order to collectively punish all the Palestinians. I often wonder what Herzl would have to say if he was to witness just how his dream of a Zionist State was hijacked by militants and Nationalists in order to grab every single acre of land that once belonged to Palestine. As horrendous as were the deaths of those Israeli boys , seeing Israeli’s sitting on a blanket with picnic baskets open overlooking the murders in the Gaza is the epitome of evil. How much more shameful can it get ? The very definition of repugnant. It’s not like Israelis don’t know first hand or had a relative hand down stories of their own horrible abuse suffered at the hands of Nazi’s who like the very folks we see today on those hills, are guilty of that term Blood Libel. Shameless and disgusting. There for the world to witness. All that is missing is a Montovanni sound track playing the theme song from Exodus as we see black smoke rising in the sky indicating yet more death and destruction. Is their no shame at all in the Israeli state? Not even a bit ?

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      • Average American

        Vale you have to understand something. Jews are taught that The Jewish Race’s blood is very different from other blood. Any other blood. Those are just the Arab Race over there getting bombed. Plus they threw some little rocks at your tank, so f*ck them up and cheer. Hey, more room for Jews! Because Jews are the most important people on Earth.

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        • Avdim

          Where the hell people like you come from? Do you live in the 14th century?

          “Jews are taught that The Jewish Race’s blood is very different from other blood”

          Where did you get this crap? Who is being taught that and where? How does it affect Israeli policy?

          How many more years can people like you spread hatred? Spread ignorance?

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          • Average American

            The Talmud. Every yeshiva. Go read.

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      • Augustat

        It is not and it was never about revenge. It’s about the Hamas rockets. However, the sight of human beings cheering the bombing is disgusting also for many Israelis.

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        • Craig Vale

          Have you ever wondered WHY those rockets are being fired into Israel. Do you really think this is occurring in a vacuum? This conflict is over a century old and there is much history written about it. You may try reading some of it and possibly you may learn the reasons for the rocket fire. I don’t condone it but neither do I approve of the siege of Gaza, the stealing of the land by Israel and the continued settlement activity expressly prohibited by UN res 242. Israel always plays the victim and the world is beginning to hear these cries as coming form Peter , who cried wolf incessantly.

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          • Nooki

            You are a typical leftist racist. You see the Palestinians as puppets lacking free will and moral responsibility, only responding and reacting to actions of the free willed evil Israelis. This conflict has a history and most of it consists in Palestinian’s refusal to compromise or accept the idea of a Jewish majority nation in this land, usually resorting to the lowest kind of violence and terror to try and prevent it.
            You already showed your ignorance and lack of historical understanding or grasp with reality by comparing the Warsaw ghetto with Gaza, which is less densely populated than places such as Singapore, Gibraltar and Hong Kong.

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    10. Konrad Kalejs

      The only way that the US can restore frienships with the Muslim world is for Obama to send UN forces to oust Israel from the Middle East

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