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Israel and Hamas — A Wealth of News Out of Middle East

The situation is admittedly complicated, and there's so much going on — here's a quick recap of the biggest and newest stories out of the region.

This morning, Israeli tanks and bulldozers with helicopters behind, crossed into Gaza after the Jewish state vowed retribution against Hamas for the dramatic ramp up of violence earlier this week.

Yesterday saw a Palestinian raid on the only fuel transfer point into Gaza that caused Israel to cut off fuel supplies for the 1.4-million Gaza citizens. What led Palestinians to attack the only source of fuel they have? A spokesman for Islamic Jihad said, “This fuel (from Israel) is dipped in humiliation. If their fuel means humiliation for us, we don’t want it.” The humiliation he is referring to is the result an Israeli-enforced blockade of Gaza in which Gazans must wait for hours for supplies controlled by Israel.

But this might just be a taste of tense events to come. To see why,

. These clashes could be just the beginning. Syria and Iran are apparently supplying Hamas with weapons including antitank missiles, rockets with longer reach capability to strike at Israel population centers as well as training. Hamas says this is all in the name of self-defense in case Israel decides to invade. Israel on the other hand, is certain Hamas is planning an all-out assault.

Since President Bush classifies the Hamas government as a terrorist organization, the United States will not intervene to calm the situation. That won’t stop former President Jimmy Carter from meeting with Khaled Meshal, the head of Hamas next week, in an attempt to prevent another regional war from breaking out as it did in 2006.

Incredibly, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said the events of the week would not disrupt peace talks, saying, "We decided that we will continue to talk and will not let terrorists have a veto voice on the talks with the pragmatic forces." The two sides hope to reach a final peace deal by the end of the year.

Do you think this is possible? What will have to happen to allow peace to reign?


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robinesque robinesque 9 years
Very well said!
nadiap nadiap 9 years
I recently saw a documentary on the creation of Israel in Palestine. It was fascinating how the British & the French always battling for power were promising the same piece of land that didn't belong to them in the first place to European Jews (for giving them money for the war) and Simultaneously promising it to the Arabs if they joined forces with them vs the Turks. Evil, Evil, Evil. They talked about how The French humiliated the Arab king (forgot his name) who went to versaille to get what he was promised. They Wouldn't even let him in the door. They also talked about Lawrence of Arabia's Role in all this. It was long. One of the commentators said when Ben laden spoke of the humiliation of 80 some odd yrs ago he was refering to that incident. The entire way the whole thing was set up precipitated this animosity between both groups. All the Arabs saw at that point was another group of Europeans coming to dominate them again. Of course they wanted to fight to prevent it from happening. Frankly I think it was done on purpose. If you set them off on each other than they can't get together and come after you for the crusades and the holocust perpetrated on them by the Europeans. Arabs and Jews are semite. Why wouldn't they welcome rescuring the Jews from the atrocities they were going through in Europe If it was done properly. After terrorizing the Jews in Europe, they decided to devise a plan to pit them against the poor palestinians and their Arab neighbors. Very Clever. I think Steven Spielberg illustrated that set up very well in Munich. There's a scene where this French guy purposely send a group of young jews & Palestinians to the same house. He's hoping they will get there and start killing each other. Like I said Evil Evil Evil.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Ok, so all you who claim Palestine has a historic country and Jews have a historic country, get the hell out of America because I'm of the Lakota nation, the Oglala tribe, and all you jerks killed my people , starved them, and sent them to reservations on land no one can possibly farm or make a living off of. Yeah. I'm sure you all want to move now because I said that. It does not matter WHO started it (the British, by the way, with their charming idea of continuing colonialism after WWII), the Israeli's there should not have to leave the 1947 borders of Israel, but the illegal settlements created afterwards SHOULD be vacated. The Palestinians are the majority of the Occupied Territories, and there are 4 million or so refugees who have waited decades to be able to return to their now occupied land. 20% of the land is lived on by the 80% of Palestinian Christians, Arabs, and JEWS, while 80% of the land is lived on by the 20% of Israeli's who live there. Arabs in Israel are not allowed to hold certain jobs, cannot bring in family from out of the country (even if they are Jewish, which most within Israel's borders are), and cannot attend certain schools, etc. Palestinians suffer from an 85% rate of poverty, living off of $1.40 a day, without functioning schools, in Gaza without supplies to live in, in the West Bank without being able to cross through the apartheid wall to get to work and school and markets... Why are we surprised when everyday Palestinians decide to become radicalized and violent? Why does the media not show us the millions of peaceful protesters in and out of Palestine fighting for their rights? Why does the media not show us Israeli terrorists who strap bombs to themselves and Rabbi's who call Palestinians "cockroaches" who must be "exterminated"? Violence begets violence. And as long as the United States funds Israel at LEAST $3 billion/year for so-called defense weaponry (as high as $7 billion with business contracts), the government of Israel has no reason to pull out of the occupied territories, and Palestinians of all religions have no reason to trust the United States.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
And WHY did the British "split it up?" At the insistence of the Jews who have always held that Judea & Galilee were their promised land. Jordan is Not PAlestine. It was referred to as Trans-Jordan for the sake of the boundaries. "Steal" from the Israelis is not what has happened. HOW do you just "give them land?" They have a home and a land, it just happens to have been inconveniently occupied by Israelis for the past 90 or so years, which is what all the fuss is about. It sounds so "nice" if the Jordanians or the Saudis would just give them land and everyone could play nice, but that is not the issue. By the same token, one could also say, "Why don't the Israelis just leave?" Again, those that choose to try to understand one side, in the end, understand nothing. The issue is occupation. An ugly word with infinite connotations. Unless you have lived it, as I did for 2 years, or witnessed it first hand, you can't imagine what that means. You think Americans get the whole, unbiased story from our news media? Why would you think that? They can't even bring to light the facts of what's going on in Iraq!
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
The Palestinians already have a Country. They don't need to steal from Israel. They have Jordan -- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan IS Palestine. If the Palestinians want a "home" then Jordan should give up a few acres for them. It's not like they don't have the land to give . . . As does Saudi Arabia. The simplest solution to all this is for Jordan and Saudi Arabia to step up to the plate and offer some land to the so-called Palestinians. OR Jordan can just integrate them into their land. Look at a map of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. PLENTY of property to give a few acres to the so-called Palestinians. Israel should not have to give up their land for Palestinians when there's plenty of land available in the Middle East for them. That's my viewpoint.
Caligeekchic4 Caligeekchic4 9 years
The reason Israel had to cut off fuel to Gaza is not only because of the attack but because Hamas has been stealing half of the fuel! Israel is still giving fuel to Gaza, but in a safe manner. How else can they prevent more attacks? Should they just let terrorists attack them again? Robinesque, the territory was split up when Britain handed over control; THEY split it up, not the Jews. Check your historical facts.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
Raciccarone, actually, the Jews started it with their bright idea of dividing the small country into a partitioned one, setting aside a part for their Zionist movement. I believe it is still called "occupation."
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Well the Palestinians did start it ...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well anything is possible. The bottom line is the Israelis need to give up some land and the Palestinians need to stop offensive acts of violence. As long as you have these two saying well he hit me so I hit him back absolutely nothing is going to happen for the better.
stephley stephley 9 years
Keeping it out there is good. I heard a speaker recently, who talked about bringing the movie "Gandhi" to the Palestinian territories and how much the young people have responded to it - it was really encouraging. But then you look at the news...
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
I know, it's not a fun situation to debate, you're absolutely right--I just felt like there was so much news out of the region, that I couldn't ignore it. Hopefully just making it a part of conversation is a step in a positive direction? But I really understand your sentiment. Thanks for your comments.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree Stephley. This is like having two children who are fighting, and neither wants to take the time to see the others perspective.
stephley stephley 9 years
Citizen, I'd love to have something to say about this, but anything that occurs to me is sooo negative and hopeless that I just don't want to go there.
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