Sunday, November 18, 2012

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Set Fire To The Region

Map showing areas of Palestinian National Authority control (in the West Bank) and Hamas Government control (Gaza Strip) in green (situation as of 2007).
Image From Wikipedia
It depends on which side you support.

If you are on the Palestinian side, you say that Israel is wrong. And if you are on the Israeli side, you say that Gaza deserves it

It is not quite difficult to know who is on whose side.

Third world countries (not all), Muslim countries, perhaps Russia and China too, on Palestinian side. Europe (not all of) and US of A on the Israeli side. But with Obama, Israel can't count on American support, at least not overtly.

Did Israel just decide one fine day to bomb Gaza out of the blue, perhaps just to let Gaza know that Israel is still around and that Gaza better behaved?

Hundreds of rocket had been fired into Israel before it decided to act. Of course, most of the rockets fired had not done their intended damage.

Must Israel show proportionate restrain - what is that anyway? Fire Qassam rockets into Gaza and wait to see what that does to Gaza?

No country would allow another country, particularly a sworn enemy, to fire rockets into its territory with impunity and wait to show restraint.

Turn the situation around.

If Israel had fired rockets indiscriminately into Gaza without provocation, what would the rest of the world say?

And if Gaza had the military capability as Israel, do you, in all honesty, believe that Hamas would not have long bombed their sworn enemy to oblivion?

On the personal level, I believe that most Israelis are not happy to see the Palestinians suffer in any conflict. I believe that the Palestinians feel the same for the Israelis too.

Whenever a conflict like what is happening now, between Israel and Gaza, it is not the people per se who are to blame.

It is usually a small number of so-called leaders or self-proclaimed ones, that should be strung and hung up, to be set fire to.

With the changed equation in Egypt, and the Egyptian Pm himself  vowing not to leave Gaza alone in the latter's conflict with Israel, the potential for the Middle East to burn looms large.

We only need a few more sparks here and there to set fire to the region.

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