reply to post by gem_man
Actually, Israel is not the occupying force in Gaza, it enters only after being attacked, therefore, those are retaliation against attacks from enemy
territory (which is acceptable). Also, it doesn't control every border, they do have a border with Egypt no?? not under Israeli control. There are
agreements between Israel, the PA and Egypt that says that these passes between Gaza and Egypt must be monitored by Europe, but I wouldn't hold my
Israel would want nothing more then to stop giving them electricity and water... However, should Israel stop that, the entire world would shout,
"collective punishment" and all that crap... I would love nothing more for Gaza to get EVERYTHING from Egypt and leave Israel alone... you can't
say Israel is occupying Gaza and then cry when it wants to completely disconnect from it... see my point?
And about the Geneva convention, Hamas is in clear violation, since it doesn't mark it's people in uniform, does not have separated bases as far as
possible from civilian population, and hides behind civilians (ample evidence for that from Hamas videos which they upload), so, they are responsible
for whichever harm befalls their citizens as a result of their actions.
Oh, and how can you morally equate the intentional targeting of civilians (as Hamas does) with the UN-intentional harming of civilians when they are
harmed as terrorist either conduct their operations in their midst (Hezbolla in Lebanon 2006 - and before, and Hamas in Gaza and other places). I
believe most countries would have not bothered as much as Israel to minimize collateral damage (which shouldn't be - but wars aren't as accurate as
one would want).
Now, as far as settlements, this is off-topic at best, as this thread relates to Gaza. There aren't any settlements in Gaza. But as far as
international law, well, I'm no lawyer, but from what I know, the entire area is under dispute, so until it's resolved, it's under negotiation, so
nothing is defined is legal or illegal.
I for one am HAPPY that the border between Gaza and Egypt would be open, Egypt had always had a clear interest to keep them blocked since it hurt
Israel and allowed them to control the "muslim brotherhood", I guess we'll see if they open it or not... BUT, once it's open, I am afraid that
everyone here with their agenda would still claim that Israel is occupying Gaza (which it does not)