Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
The people of Gaza elected Hamas as their Government. I'm surprised they
haven't unelected them given the fact Hamas keeps getting them into wars
with nothing to show for it.
"The United States government must exert full diplomatic pressure on Egypt
to maintain its peace with Israel." Well, can the US government exert full
diplomatic pressure on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, to stop the
blockade of Gaza and make peace with the Palestinians?Israel has the
right to defend itself. So do the Palestinians. They are being strangled by an
Israeli blockade on Gaza. They are trying to shoot their way out of it.The typical Egyptian is seeing the blockade, knows about the checkpoints
all over the West Bank, settlers attacking Palestinians and they are sick of the
Palestinians being oppressed. They are going to want their government to stick
up for the Palestinians because it is right to stick up for the weak (the
Palestinians) against a bully (Israel).
For a generation Egypt was Israel's only friend in the Middle East.Looking forward to a better time:"In that day shall
Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria even a blessing in the midst of
the land: whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my
people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance."
If the phrase “give me liberty or give me death” had any meaning in
the war of taxes, can we understand how the same thought might be in the heads
of people in a war over religion.
Peace is always desirable, but peace is sometimes (but rarely)worse than the
alternative. I have read the Bible and simply do not believe that peace will
prevail. Not there, not now.I agree with this editorial, the middle east
is in grave danger of all out war.If the Palestinians and those who
support them were to lay down their arms there would be peace. If Israel were to
lay down their arms there would be no more Israel.When the Jewish
people began to return to Israel, the Holy Land was almost vacant. Fewer than
30,000 people lived in Jerusalem and the balance was inhabited only by a few
nomadic herdsmen. When the Jews returned to their promised land there was a
building boom. Migrant construction workers came to the area from Egypt, Jordan,
Lebanon and Syria. The Palestinians are the descendants of these migrant
workers. Anwar Sadat was Egyptian. These descendants attempted to
return to their native countries and were locked out. Their home countries
wanted this problem and victimized their own people to that end.Israel had a choice: Expel their terrorist neighbors, get killed by their
terrorism or exterminate them. They chose compassion.
Settlers are not attacking Palestinians. The reason there are those checkpoints
is because of all the suicide bombers that have killed hundreds of Israelis in
the past. Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. I became close to
some Palestinians at BYU while getting my degree in Near Eastern Studies and
they eventually confided in me that they did not know any Palestinians not
dedicated to driving every Jew into the sea. Attitudes must change and those in
the Middle East must accept that Israel is there to stay.I had a
Jordanian graduate instructor at BYU who told our class she would give anyone an
automatic F if we ever called Palestine Israel. The bottom line of this intense
hatred of the Jews is found in scripture and it will not end until the Lord
appears on the Mount of Olives as prophecy explains.
Re: "The people of Gaza elected Hamas as their Government. I'm
surprised they haven't unelected them . . . ."There's
no reason to be surprised. Once the Hamas gang -- or any similar gang -- seizes
power, real people will be very hard pressed to take their country back.There's a good lesson there for us.
procuradorfiscal. “Once the Hamas gang -- or any similar gang
-- seizes power, real people will be very hard pressed to take their country
back.”You are right. As proven by every government entity
since civilization began. Even though we’ve be at it more
than 200 years, we have only made slight inroads in the control of the rich and
powerful. Some might even say that we have lost ground.
You have a radical and anti-American (and very anti-Semitic) government in power
in Egypt and Iran. You're not transcending the issues facing Israel by your
call for peace. The only way peace can be achieved is for hearts to change--and
there's no evidence of that.
Maybe the best way that the United States could influence the Israelis and
Palestinians to "go back to their corners, and play nice" would be to
threaten to terminate ALL future foreign aid to Israel and Palestine (The U.S.
currently provides about $3 billion to Israel and $600 million to Palestine
This well timed agression is a warm-up to Israel destroying Iranian
WMD's.Israel could have attacked Palestine, at anytime, saying
they were simply defending themselves against Palestinian aggression.Israel is now merely testing its weapon systems/defense systems (at the
expense of Palestinian Citizens).When Iran comes to the aid, of the
Palestinians, Israel will be ready, willing and able to attack Iran and justify
the attack as a defensive action to defend themselves against Iran's
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