posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 01:24 AM
Those images are very graphic and sad to say the least. But there is always two sides to every story. And Hamas indiscriminatly fires rockets into
Israel. As well as the "infintada" Suicide bombers and all. I'm sure someone could compile a great number of horrific images committed against them
as well. BUT HERE is the real deal, if rockets were not being fired from in around the city and hamas fighters were not hiding in and around
buildings within the city, there would be alot less collateral damage. (which is a by-product of every conflict EVER) I hope these images weigh
heavily upon the souls of these Hamas leaders who actually count on this collateral damage to gain more support and plan their tactics around it. If
they actually cared they would keep their military operations away from schools and hospitals. And I have to say it Jews have more of a claim on that
region than any "Arab".
And here is a brief overview of the real history of the region:
The archeological record indicates that the Jewish people evolved out of native Cana'anite peoples and invading tribes. Some time between about 1800
and 1500 B.C., it is thought that a Semitic people called Hebrews (hapiru) left Mesopotamia and settled in Canaan. Canaan was settled by different
tribes including Semitic peoples, Hittites, and later Philistines, peoples of the sea who are thought to have arrived from Mycenae, or to be part of
the ancient Greek peoples that also settled Mycenae
Based on biblical traditions, it is estimated that king David conquered Jerusalem about 1000 B.C. and established an Israelite kingdom over much of
Canaan including parts of Transjordan. The kingdom was divided into Judea in the south and Israel in the north following the death of David's son,
Solomon. Jerusalem remained the center of Jewish sovereignty and of Jewish worship whenever the Jews exercised sovereignty over the country in the
subsequent period, up to the Jewish revolt in 133 AD.
The Assyrians conquered Israel in 722 or 721 B.C. The Babylonians conquered Judah around 586 B.C. They destroyed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, and
exiled a large number of Jews. About 50 years later, the Persian king Cyrus conquered Babylonia. Cyrus allowed a group of Jews from Babylonia to
rebuild Jerusalem and settle in it. However, a large number of Jews remained in Babylonia, forming the first Jewish Diaspora. After the
reestablishment of a Jewish state or protectorate, the Babylonian exiles maintained contact with authorities there. The Persians ruled the land from
about 530 to 331 B.C. Alexander the Great then conquered the Persian Empire. After Alexander's death in 323 B.C., his generals divided the empire.
One of these generals, Seleucus, founded a dynasty that gained control of much of Palestine about 200 B.C. At first, the new rulers, called Seleucids,
allowed the practice of Judaism. But later, one of the kings, Antiochus IV, tried to prohibit it. In 167 B.C., the Jews revolted under the leadership
of the Maccabeans and either drove the Seleucids out of Palestine or at least established a large degree of autonomy, forming a kingdom with its
capital in Jerusalem. The kingdom received Roman "protection" when Judah Maccabee was made a "friend of the Roman senate and people" in 164 B.C.
according to the records of Roman historians.
Palestine was governed by the Roman Empire until the fourth century A.D. (300's) and then by the Byzantine Empire. In time, Christianity spread to
most of Palestine. The population consisted of Jewish converts to Christianity and paganism, peoples imported by the Romans, and others who had
probably inhabited Palestine continuously.
During the seventh century (A.D. 600's), Muslim Arab armies moved north from Arabia to conquer most of the Middle East, including Palestine.
Jerusalem was conquered about 638 by the Caliph Umar (Omar) who gave his protection to its inhabitants. Muslim powers controlled the region until the