It is amazing that people who are otherwise intelligent can be so gullible and ignorant. In 2005 Israel left Gaza completely. Not only did the IDF withdraw, they pulled out all settlers (often at gunpoint, kicking and screaming). They left behind factories, farms, and the world community committed a boatload of money for them to build more. In fact, they had the opportunity to make a Palestinian state that would have been a model for the other occupied territories.
What they did, instead of building anything productive:
- They elected Hamas (an internationally recognized terrorist organization) as their government;
- Rather than build or maintain infrastructure, they dug tunnels… at a ridiculous cost of BILLIONS of dollars. They dug tunnels under the border with the expressed intention of attacking Israeli civilians.
- They armed themselves to the teeth. They bought billions of dollars of weapons – rockets that can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, guns, bombs, etc… not just some, but ridiculous amounts of them.
- They placed those weapons as close as they could to civilians… rented apartments intentionally adjacent to childrens’ bedrooms, hospitals (the Al-Shifa hospital which was built by the Israeli government, complete with a bunker-protected operating theatre, is now a command headquarters for Hamas), and yes even UNITED NATIONS SCHOOLS. This is done so that when Israel DOES retaliate (as they have been this month) there will be civilian deaths which Hamas can then show the world and convince ignorant people that the big bad Israelis are evil.
Israel targets the Hamas weapons and weeps when there are civilian casualties. Hamas aims at civilians… they always have, and they have not changed. Not only do they TARGET Israeli civilians, they place their own civilians in harm’s way INTENTIONALLY and at gunpoint so that there will be civilian deaths.
With all of that said, Israelis NEVER celebrate the death of innocent civilians… on either side. Whoever told you that they did is full of crap.
Israel and Israelis want peace, but we are also not stupid… Hamas doesn’t want peace… even the PLO (the government of the West Bank) are trying to distance themselves from the Hamas tactics… and they know that Hamas is screwing them. Hamas has asked for several cease-fires, and have broken every one of them within an hour.
Fortunately there is a solution. Everyone is telling me that there has to be a complicated negotiation in order to end the war. No… here it is, the answer to a lasting peace between Gaza and Israel. Are you ready for it?
STOP SHOOTING AT ISRAEL.
Of course it is a little more complicated than that… They would need to stop firing rockets into Israel (and tough shit that we keep shooting them down… We actually want to PROTECT our people… suck it up). They would have to secure their borders and stop digging infrastructure aimed solely at attacking Israel. Stop sending human bombs into Israel… in fact stop sending anyone who doesn’t want to be friends.
There it is. By the way, I know you don’t like Jews. Here’s the truth, as proven by… every conflict, as well as every other measure of your struggle against us: We are stronger than you, and we are smarter than you. Live with it. You don’t like us? STAY IN YOUR OWN YARD AND BUILD YOUR OWN COUNTRY.
Wait… you say that some of the Palestinians in Gaza DON’T hate Israel? They WANT peace? They want to come into Israel to work (as they have been doing since 1967)? Guess what… THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTINUE TO DO SO.
We don’t hate Arabs, we don’t hate Muslims, and we don’t hate Palestinians. WE LOATHE TERRORISTS. We hate them with every fabric of our being. I remember what I learned in Basic Training way back when – 1994, and it was in Ramallah which is no longer part of Israel. WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM… WE TARGET THE GUILTY, AND NOT THE GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION.
So you live in the West, and you want to believe the propaganda? You know what… I can live with that. You want to boycott Israel and Israeli products? No problem… but please boycott all of them, including the vaccines. You want to support Hamas? Don’t do it on Facebook… fly over there (Sorry, you will have to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport and then take a bus to Gaza) and join them.
But if you want to accuse Israel and Israelis of being monsters? War criminals? Murderers? Do me a favour… do it to someone else. If you want to do it on Facebook, then do it to someone else. If you are willing to discuss it like rational human beings over coffee, I will gladly listen to what you say as long as you are willing to listen to what I say. I guarantee you though… I am better informed on the subject than anyone who gets their information from CNN or the BBC.