reply to post by astrogolf
I did not say Brother that was O'Keefe.
He now holds dual Palestinian/Irish citizenship and he see's people fighting alongside him and see's them as his brothers, it's not really
No one who crictizies Israeli policy is calling for the destruction of Israel. Who is lobbing missiles who is blowing anyone up? Please, please just
look up some facts on the conflict.
I'll go through it again. Since Hamas were elected in 2006, freely and democratically as confirmed by the UN, Israel has imposed a siege on the
Hamas offered to recognise Israel in return for the lifting of the siege shortly after they were elected, this was rejected. From that point on Hamas
and other militant groups in the Gaza strip increased their unguided rocket attack on Israel. And Israel retaliated with airstrikes and a tightening
of the blockade.
A ceasefire was then agreed between the two sides in the summer of 2009. It was agreed that Hamas would cease their rocket attacks and Israel would
lift the siege. Rocket attacks were limited to 2-9 a month and it was pretty clear that is was not Hamas, but groups such as Islamic Jihad who were
launching the attacks. So Hamas had lived up to its side of the bargain.
Israel on the other hand did not lift the siege and in fact broke the ceasefire by launching an attack on a Hamas meeting. Leading to an increase in
rocket fire from Hamas and the subsequent Israeli 'Operation Cast Lead', which had been planned for months, and led to massive death and destruction
[edit on 7-6-2010 by Peruvianmonk]