The results of this poll are not surprising at all in my opinion. I think it's been apparent for quite some time that the mere existence of Israel
poses a threat to stability in the Middle East, and by extension, other countries throughout the world that would likely be drawn into a broader
military conflict in the region.
The fact of the matter is that there is still a strong sentiment that exists throughout the Middle East in particular, which supports the notion that
the State Of Israel was established under false pretenses, and this is the root cause of the never ending cycle of violence that has plagued the
I strongly support Israel, and I believe any sovereign nation has the right to defend itself. However, I can also rationalize the sequence of events
that have transpired since the inception of Israel in 1948 based on the geographic implications of the UN Partition Proposal.
The creation of a jewish state, in the biblical homeland of the ancient Israelites, to provide a safe haven for refugees following the Holocaust, in a
region dominated by Islam, was destined to be mired in a perpetual state of conflict. Israel's right to exist was not accepted by the majority of
neighboring countries in the region since day one.
Subsequently, Israel has faced a constant threat to it's existence. Israel has acted in self defence by responding to direct military aggression,
Israel has been proactive in targeting military and nuclear installments of it's enemies, and Israel has responded to a litany of terrorist attacks on
it's civilian population.
While many have criticized the actions of Israeli governments in the past as being excessive or disproportianate, Israel is also in a precarious
position that is akin to a double edged sword. If the government does not respond, their citizens are at risk. If they do respond, enemy civilian
casualties are practically assured because of the strategic placement of weaponry by terrorist regimes.
Furthermore, Israel cannot realistically negotiate a two state solution with Abbas and the PLO, because Hamas is opposed to the existence of a jewish
state, within any borders at all, in accordance with their charter. Iran continues to actively fund terrorist regimes such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and
publicly declared the intention to eliminate the "Zionist" entity from the region. However one chooses to interpret such a statement, it certainly
does not endorse the peaceful existence of a jewish state under any pretenses.
Therefore, Palestinian terrorist groups will continue to launch rocket attacks on Israeli cities, Israeli civilians will continue to hide in bunkers
when the air sirens sound, Israel will continue to launch retaliatory air strikes in Gaza, and Israel will continue to annex disputed land to deter
further terrorist attacks from close range. The never ending cycle of violence will continue, with Israel suffering the brunt of the damage on the
public relations front and Palestinians suffering the brunt of the casualties.
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