originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
a reply to: CommandoJoe
Actually the speaking of the bilingualism isn't as common as you'd expect. Every sign in Israel is in both languages. They want less communication
Also there was no arabic accent. (Israel said there was a possible slight Arabic accent).
It's not what I'd expect, it's what I know from experience...
Actually most of the signs on the main roads are in 3 languages - Hebrew, English, and Arabic. But once you get off the main roads this is not always
true.... MULTI-lingualism IS common in Israel. Exactly how much time have you spent in Israel? I've often been in situations where someone speaks
little to no English, and they try to communicate with me in another language (After Hebrew) - Russian, French, Spanish... Knowing 2 languages here
is VERY common, and 3 (or more) is not unusual. Many people I work with speak 3 languages...
As to the accent issue - In working with people that speak Arabic & Hebrew vs people that only speak Hebrew (And English for both) I can't notice any
accent when they are both speaking Hebrew. Granted, I've only been around it for 5 years, and I'm not a native speaker of either one... But you
also have to consider when someone is proficient in a language they can recognize and eliminate an accent. Look at all the British actors on American
shows with no accent. Another example is Netanyahu who speaks very good English with almost no accent.
In addition, consider the fidelity of cell phone audio, especially when someone is just in the background rather than directly talking into the phone,
and then further degradation/compression when it is recorded.
Between all those things I don't place a lot of value either way on accent or no accent being heard.
This is joke interview btw. He tries to bring up and relate ISIS and HAMAS.
So the leader of Hamas decided to give an interview as a joke?
And as I have said there would be no civilian deaths if Hamas had better weapons.
That's a load of BS - Hamas has already proven otherwise. Laser guided anti-tank
missile hits school bus
Also.. he never admits that Hamas killed those kids. He said he learned of the admissions from Israel interrogators. I bet if the Israel's
interrogated you with the need to get information that started a war riding on it.. you'd say whatever.
HE NEVER ADMITS THAT, NEVER.
He says Hamas leadership didn't know about the details - But if Hamas didn't do it, he could still deny any involvement by Hamas members, he
doesn't and goes on to even advocate it. If Hamas was such a wonderful group it wouldn't be so hard to condemn the killing of the Israeli teens...
Also, it was immediately blamed on Hamas and they arrested almost a thousand people.
Yes, Hamas was suspected, because it is exactly the type of thing they like to do, and they are the most likely suspects. And that suspicion was
eventually shown to be true. Whether or not Hamas was suspected would have no impact on the # of people taken in for questioning.
How do they know it wasn't a random act of violence, or hatred against the three for some other reason.
Random acts of violence are really not so common here. I was open to the possibility that it could just be some Palestinian wanting to take some
action against Israel, or even some Hamas members acting on their own (Which it appears to be the case now), but I'm very sure it wasn't just some
random Israeli doing this. There really isn't much Israeli on Israeli violent crime here. Israeli's really cherish children even those that are
not their own (Contrary to what many of you think). When the rocket fire escalates many people send their children north to try and get them out of
harms way, while Hamas gives their children toy guns and teaches them to kill the Jews.
BiBi was looking for a reason to go into Gaza.
The only reason needed was the dramatically increased # of rockets from Gaza...
Zero evidence yet they blame Hamas, arrest them and do it knowing it would provoke retaliation.
How does arresting people in the West Bank provoke retaliation from Gaza? Why weren't there rockets being launched from the West Bank then? Maybe
because it is not run by terrorists...