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A Closer Look at the Chaos and Terror in Gaza

The three-day death toll in Gaza rose to 315 today, including seven children under the age of 15 who were killed in two separate strikes Sunday and Monday. Israel began air strikes on Saturday in retaliation after rocket fire was aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns. Here's a look at some of the news the mainstream media has received regarding the dispute and chaos.

  • Israel has launched more than 300 air strikes since midday Saturday. The bombings have "wreaked unprecedented destruction in Gaza, reducing buildings to rubble" and targeted symbols of Hamas rule. — Wall Street Journal
  • Thousands in the Arab world have attended rallies to express anger at Israel's air raids. Protesters burned Israeli and American flags in a string of Arab cities and demanded a stronger response from their leaders. — BBC News
  • Oil rose above $40 a barrel on Monday, in response to a weak dollar and Israeli attacks on Hamas that served as a reminder of tensions that could threaten Middle East crude oil supplies. — Reuters
  • Food and medical supplies are growing thin on the strip. One reporter noted "there is no food on the market" while humanitarian aid groups are reacting to the deteriorating medical situation and urging the opening of Gaza's borders to allow supplies to flow to hospitals. — Washington Post
  • What now for Obama's Mideast plan? Some experts say the Israel-Hamas violence could be a blow on peace-talk hopes. — Chicago Tribune

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BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 7 years
Now, if only the United States would stop supplying the world with weapons, or aid to buy weapons. Maybe in 10-15 years, we'll be at war with Israel, and they can use all the weapons we gave them against us, just like the Iraqis, the Taliban... Anyone else like to add to my list? I know we've supplied just about every country we've ever fought with weapons, or aid prior to our fighting with them, and we continue to do so. Also, I prefer to take the word of an ex-Congress member over that of Israel, when it comes to ramming boats.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
My understanding is that Gaza had violated the cease-fire all along, and when it expired, the attacks increased tenfold. Israel did not retaliate until the cease-fire expired and the attacks increased. Unfortunately, the body count is irrelevant. The fact that fewer Israelis have died is just a testament to the incompetence of the Palestinians. If they could have killed more, don't you think they would have? "If the Hamas leaders didn't want those families to die, then they shouldn't have been firing their weapons from inside the same building that those families were living in." Exactly right!
NouraBee NouraBee 7 years
Myst the tunnel was there to bring food and supplies like babies formula they didn't have food or anything in gaza, or els they were going to die of hunger its just simply unfair the people cant get out of gaza or find food in stores and they have nothing to do with the government and there the once who get boomed and die there the once who's stuck in the middle i mean what's there mistake being born in war zone !!!
NouraBee NouraBee 7 years
what i don't understand that if 300 or 100 Israeli was killed and one Palestine in the other had it would be a different issue i think if that was the case the US and other nation would be booming Palestine but seance there the one who's being killed nobody even care just some Palestinians protesting around the world for there people ! so Israeli blood worth fighting for but Palestinian doesn't ! or aren't they human if there's 300 dogs were boomed and killed in some other place in the world there will be more compassionate rather than Palestinian or arab blood
Myst Myst 7 years
UnDave, just like in that case, Israel shouldn't have violated cease fire when they bombed the tunnel that was being used to bring in supplies or have blockade that prevented basic necessities to be brought into the Gaza Strip. There are certain things that the American news media will never release or tell about both sides of the matter. Even the Israeli news media is being critical of their own country for the manner of which they reacted. Both sides are very wrong but when you have one side has triple the amount of artillery and uses as heavily as they did in this instance, its not really a fair fight and it makes things worse than it needs be, especially since Hamas is only going to retaliate even worse.
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 7 years
I will side with Israel every time based on my own personal beliefs.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I liked what one Isreali leader had to say regarding the civillian deaths. He said "Civillian deaths are an unfortunate prospect of war. If the Hamas leaders didn't want those families to die, then they shouldn't have been firing their weapons from inside the same building that those families were living in." It speaks volumns about the kind of enemy the Isrealis are fighting.
Myst Myst 7 years
Beavis, Hamas isn't particularly popular in the Arab world and are in fact having their own "war" with Al-Queda. What's going on with Israel and Palestine has beyond strained Israel's relationship with other Arab countries and you have to remember, they are completely surrounded by Arab nations and people in this other nations are strongly critical of what's going on. Things like this make things WORSE for Israel. At the end of the day, Hamas is in charge of Palestine and they are the Palestinian governement. As long as Israel and US refuse to recognize Hamas and Palestine as a sovereign nation, things will not change. I'm not saying opening talks is going to miraculous change things but it's a start. This is generations upon generations of hate between the two sides that will take even longer to resolve. Look at Turkey and Armenia, most still don't like each other over something that happened nearly 100 years ago but at least it was recognized that people are needlessly dying and it could not continue on and both sides moved on and went about repairing their nations after years of warfare.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
That's a whole 'nother mess Myst. I don't disagree with you...it's just a mess. A sovereign nation of Palestine would go far toward helping quell the fires of radical Jihad, but how does the US, and especially Israel deal with Hamas government officials? We are both at war with radical Jihadists. I think negotiating with Hamas would basically say to the world that they went about things the right way. With that said, I think it could be done if Hamas, like the IRA, disarmed and ceased all future acts of violence.
Myst Myst 7 years
beavis, it's one thing for the Palestinians to elect Hamas, which the Bush Administration was warned by both Palestinian and Israeli leaders that's what would end up happening during the time they were pushing for an election, but it's another thing for Israel and the US to say that they will not recognize Hamas as political entity and Palestine as a sovereign nation. It's also worse when Israel have basically restricted access to the Gaza Strip for materials to come into the area, since Hamas took over. Hamas did start the rocket fire, but Israel counterattack is grossly disproportionate. 1 Israeli death compared to 315 (mostly civilians) Palestinian is worsening the situation, and it makes the U.S. looks bad, because many of the bombs were provided to Israel by the .U.S and the fact that the U.S leaders are basically saying what Israel is doing is ok, makes it the situation worst for U.S ultimately.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
"And the Palestinians actually elect these agitators and support the fighting." This is a key point Lainetm. In electing Hamas to a share of their government, they've supported the terrorists. They've given the same Hamas who says its their goal to wipe Israel off the map some political power and leadership. I feel more sorry for folks in Iraq who became collateral damage because they never had a chance to do anything about Saddam Hussein. His grip on the country kept his regime in firm control no matter what terror he invoked. Likewise, the Taliban had firm control on southern and central Afghanistan. The Palestinians have a democracy. They have a choice, and they chose Hamas. If any of those 300 voted for Hamas, then they aren't so innocent.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
what would israel have to do to lose the US as an ally and supporter? or can they pretty much get away with anything they want because we need them where they are to prevent the 'arab rule' (sorry i dont know how else to word that) over the oil-rich middle east from becoming complete... this is a small number of deaths compared to what is happening in different places in africa but it is odd to see this from a developed and prosperous country. just like it is weird that the us attacked iraq.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I am so sad to imagine the terror that both the Israelis and Palestinians families feel when rockets and mortars are shot at their homes. It is repugnant that the vast majority of victims in these attacks from both sides are innocent civilians. I pray that the new administration will be able to find a way to broker peace between these two - the situation seems to be in never-ending downward spiral...
smoohead smoohead 7 years
Palestinian lives are just not as important as Israeli lives. That much has been clear every time something like this comes up. Gaza is a prison. The Palestinians have no options. The Israelis have condemned them to the same ghettos that they themselves saw in WWII. Killing the Palestinians only feeds HAMAS more members. But we keep making excuses for Isreal and that will never end.
Myst Myst 7 years
pequena, thanks for bringing that information up. We had a Palestine-Israel conversation a few posts back. I along with a lot of others on here make no bones about our beef with Israel for their treatment of Palestinians and the US continued support of Israel but enough is enough. Both sides continue to violate the Peace talk for their own political agenda and more innocent civilians, especially Palestinians are losing their lives. It's just sad.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
I don't think this can be considered self defence. They are killing civilians deliberately to demoralize the population. They don't let humanitarian help reach the population, the hospitals are collapsed... their objective are not the terrorists, but the rest of the population. Not all Palestinians support Hamas the same way that not all the Israelis are in favour of these attacks. A lot of the Palestinians who support Hamas do so because they provide food, education, infrastructures... Palestinians are living in very, very miserable conditions and they don't have the same rights as the Israelis do. They live like cattle. I'm by no means defending Hamas or any kind of terrorism. I'm just saying that terrorism is very often linked to misery, and in this case it's very clear. Let's not forget that a lot of the Palestinians where kicked out of their houses and they now live in refugee camps in Libanon, Syria... The UN site has a lot of information about it: http://www.un.org/unrwa/refugees/index.html I have friends from both sides and I've visited some Palestinian refugee camps, so I have listened to both sides. I just think that to have peace you have to see things objectively, and see that Israel has much more power and kill a lot more people. If terrorism can be stopped and if the problem can be solved this is by no means the way to do it.
stephley stephley 7 years
300 deaths to one. That's worth some outrage. No one objects to self-defense, but a massacre is not justified. And why shouldn't the Palestinians elect people they think are going to be as fierce as the Israelis - don't they have an equal right to self-defense?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
I love how there's never any outrage until Israel tries to defend itself. Hamas has been targeting civilians. And the Palestinians actually elect these agitators and support the fighting.
Tulipe Tulipe 7 years
The problem with this conflict is that it will never be over. Never. Although I try to be optimistic about everything else, this is just the issue about which I'm very pessimistic (and a little desperate, actually). I understand the idea of self-defence, but as Stephley pointed out, killing more than 300 people (mostly civilians) in retaliation for one Israeli death is wrong. I'm not comparing deaths, I'm not talking about numbers. I'm just trying to say that we have to understand the Palestinians who live in the Gaza strip. Despair, bombs, massive killings. Everyone would get crazy and rebel. I have a friend who's Palestinian. She lives abroad now, but she explained to me what it was like to live in Gaza. She used these strong and very sad words : "It's an open-air prison. You can't go anywhere without permission, you have no legal rights, you're considered as less than a human being". I'm not taking any sides here. I'm just saying that if people at least tried to understand each other, maybe things would get slightly better. And also, I know that Hamas is considered like a terrorist group. But, as history has shown us, the best way to neutralize a terrorist group is to include it in the political process...
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
All that said, I still don't completely understand the background and problems surrounding the Gaza strip. I'm not sure anyone knows the whole story though.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
lulla - as simply as understand it, Hamas and Israel were under a six month cease-fire agreement. Hamas refused to extend the cease-fire agreement because they said Israel violated terms of the cease-fire. Then I think Hamas struck out at Israel first, but I'm not 100% sure there. If I have any of this wrong, someone please feel free to correct me. Either way, Israel and Hamas are going to keep going at this until they blow themselves off the map. Israel won't give into Hamas and vice versa. It's sad really.
Myst Myst 7 years
Nya, I understand that fully well. No one has the best interest of the people who directly suffering at heart. That's why I said in my first post, at this point let them blow each other up, because at the rate that it's going, that's what's going to happen. I'm not sympathetic to any government by any means, because at the end of the day, personal interest trumps national interest just about all of the time. Hamas and Israel aren't doing their people any good. Just increased violence and more innocent being killed.
Myst Myst 7 years
Nya, I understand that fully well. No one has the best interest of the people who directly suffering at heart. That's why I said in my first post, at this point let them blow each other up, because at the rate that it's going, that's what's going to happen. I'm not sympathetic to any government by any means, because at the end of the day, personal interest trumps national interest just about all of the time. Hamas and Israel aren't doing their people any good. Just increased violence and more innocent being killed.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Myst there is no real answer for your question. Why do wars happen for years? Sometimes it's the money or wealth to be got from war because war is a huge generator of revenue, somtimes it's a thirst for total control and power. Of course Hamas doesn't have the best interests of the people at heart but really what government does?? Israel certainly doesn't either because you know suicide bombings are going to increase and it's not the Ehud Baraks of the world who will die but the average Joe.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
i used to be sympathetic to Israel but they became just like those they are fighting.
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