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Gaza Through the Looking Glass

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: USA, John Kerry, Israel, Palestine, Netanyahu, government, ethics, dishonesty, media, politics )

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What Kerry's hot mic mistake teaches us about America's relationship with Israel. What is one to make of this? We already know that U.S. officials are highly skeptical of Netanyahu's true intentions toward the Palestinians, having made clear that they...


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Wednesday July 23, 2014, 5:07 pm
why does everyone forget that hamas started this. and isreal pulled all its settlements out of gaza 8 years ago. isreals children were killed first. boy do all you twist it around. they are defending their children and themselves. isreal never strikes first. they strike after they are struck at. then look out. stupid stupid hamas. don't they ever learn from history

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:40 pm
"pin point precision strikes...!!!

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 6:41 pm
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.”

John Kerry

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 7:25 pm
They are hitting what they are aiming at ~ civilians!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:58 am

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:54 am
Carrie, we do not target civilians!! We target terrorists who hide behind cevilians. I cannot understand how people who have never been to Israel in their lives, haven't spoken to one Israeli citizen face to face, have the nerve to voice an opinion which has no merits or truth!!! In every war ceivilians get killed, all over the world, what did the US do in Viet-Nam, what did the US and the allies do to German cities, they bombed them to the ground and killed thousands of civilians. Wars are terrible, but this one was forced on us, we do not enjoy them - we pay a high price for them in our beautiful soldiers, just like you cry out about the US soldiers killed in Iraq and Afganistan. We do not want to conquer Gaza, we want to get rid of the threat of the Hamas, do you know that we found and destroyed 60 tunnels, half of them leading to Israeli cities and settlements, planning a mega terrorist attack, killing civilians. It's really scary. Why don't you take a plane now, you can you know, they are running again, and come here to visit me and I will take you on a tour and you will be talking quite differently.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 12:39 pm
Sadly neither party seems to learn from history and in the process the Palestinian people (note that I did not say Hamas) seem to find more and more people and nations willing to recognise the plight of the civilians and Israel seems to be loosing more friends.

From the UN News:
"23 July 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

Meeting in an emergency session today, the Council adopted a resolution agreeing to send the investigative team by a vote of 29 countries in favour, with 17 abstentions and a sole negative vote by the United States, in which it strongly condemned the failure of Israel to end its prolonged occupation of the area.

The Council condemned in the strongest terms the “widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms” arising from the Israeli military operations since 13 June, and called for an immediate ceasefire.

“The Council further condemned all violence against civilians wherever it occurred, including the killing of two Israeli civilians as a result of rocket fire,” according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)."

It is telling that the US was the only country that voted against this investigation, certainly considering how Kerry personally feels about this. Israel has angrily swept this resolution from the table, but in doing that it fails to recognise the fact that it has lost a lot of support in the world and just doesn't want to see the writing on the wall. The UN condemns Hamas for firing indiscriminately on civilian targets in Israel too, so why can't this be seen as a fair warning to both sides but only as another attack on all Israelis; why only escalate what is already a terrible situation?
If Israel truly thinks it has the moral high ground, then it should act accordingly and not destroy all of Gaza with civilians inside, building by building, with pinpoint precision, when they know the civilians have nowhere to go. Be the morally stronger party instead and show some compassion.
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