reply to post by groingrinder
i started a thread today in 'breaking alternative news' about the gaza blockade and it was shocking to see the views expressed despite logical
evidence of what is wrong with the whole situation. it is horrid to see people buying propaganda from both the arab and the Israeli perspectives...
as i don't want to risk hijacking this thread i will just paste my opinion on the whole arab/palestine/israel situation:
"Egypt occupied Gaza from 1948 to 1967.The war was started by Israel however when Israel and Egypt signed their peace treaty in 1979, in which Egypt
got back much of their land lost in the 1967 war, they didn’t push the issue to get Gaza back. Why not? Because Gaza was occupied by Palestinians.
The Arab countries also have not wanted to take responsibility for the Palestinians. Basically the Palestinians are being used as Pawns in the battle
to exercise “right of return” if certain agenda's needed to be pushed forward.
Hammas which is their government was elected because they were considered 'lesser of the two evils' by the Palestinians at that time. The usual
scenario of a two horse race. But realistically what should Hammas do? They should recognize the right of Israel to exist, as the PLO has. Until then
they share responsibility for the suffering in Gaza.
In this twisted political game, does Israel deserve some responsibility for the current situation? in a nutshell - Yes.
One has to remember that the primary responsibility for the welfare of the Palestinians living in Gaza lies with the nations that put them there, with
Israel, and with the Palestinians themselves. This responsibility has clearly not been discharged. Israel’s security argument is correct as far as
stated. All nations have a right to protect their own people.
However, all nations must display due diligence in maintaining the health and welfare of innocent citizens under their control. Israel maintains
almost complete control over the economic well-being of the Palestinians in Gaza, thus it bears the principle burden of their humanitarian
Some of the people of Gaza are guilty of direct action against Israel; many are guilty of simply voting for the leaders of these people. However; an
incredible number of people in Gaza have not yet reached the age of majority!
If any Israeli politician would state simply to the children of Gaza and to him or herself: “I’m going ruin your possibilities for happiness and
prosperity on Earth. I will make it impossible for you to find a job and to reach your potential. If you’ve a disease that requires a maintenance
drug, or if you get just a simple infection, I’ll let you die, and I will do all of these things because some of your relatives hate me.”
Perhaps the idea that mistreating people always engenders hatred, which always engenders retaliation, which always engenders mistreating people, would
dawn upon him or her, and the innocent might be spared, an the guilty might see their children prosper, and their anger might be mollified. The
interactions between nations must always be seen as conversation between two individuals. Communication is a shared responsibility; failure so to do
implies shared guilt. Someone must start talking first. "