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Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 8:59 a.m. MDT

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Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Israel, quit while you are ahead. Make peace with the Palestinians. If you did, you would be an economic powerhouse.

I read somewhere about a reference to Hamas 'terrorists'. If they are firing missiles, haven' they now become the Gaza Strip Defense Forces.

What then is the difference between Israel shooting at buildings and Hamas randmly shooting missiles at Israel?

Is the only difference that when Hamas fires a missile the guy pushing the button isn't wearing a uniform. (He might, I am just assuming he isn't.) Is that what makes him a terrorist?

One other question. I see only one comment on this thread. (Me). Am I the only liberal on this site?

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

You are not alone.

I tire of our tax dollars supporting Israeli military.

This war is not a war of equals..85 Palestinian killed zero Israeli killed.

Breakfast of Champions
Provo, UT

Israel accuses Hamas of hiding behind civilians. Gaza is an over-crowded cage with the second most geographically concentrated population on the planet... there's no room for them NOT to be near civilians!

Not defending Hamas. Targeting populated cities with rockets is inexcusable.

Take note Israel?

No double standards.

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

"Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army and calls it a war. IT IS NOT WAR, IT IS MURDER." Noam Chomsky

timpClimber
Provo, UT

Israel does not attack Gaza without good reason. Hundreds of warhead rockets were fired into Israel before they launched any strikes and they keep coming. And did the Palestinians do anything to find the murderers of the three teens? No, Hamas just praised the act. Where do all the rockets come from? Do the Israelis publish school books teaching their children to hate and kill Muslims like the Palestinians do Jews? If the rockets stopped Israel would stop like they have in the past.

TimBehrend
Auckland NZ, 00

Breakfast of Champions: Targeting populated cities with rockets is inexcusable.

Good advice for the United States. Not that it can ever take back the hundreds of thousands of civilians it targeted and killed in Japan and Vietnam, the thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan. But looking forwards.

Shazandra
Bakersfield, CA

timpClimber is the only comment here with facts and ethics.

Go visit the Gush Etzion, hang near the Gaza border, try going to school on a bus from Tekoa to J'lem past the B'lekhem Wadi. See who goes to school and who waits in the crevices with deadly stones or silencers.

Then pop off about moral equivalency. There is none, Mr. Chomsky, et al.

jsf
Centerville, UT

Israel should be livid with the US. We have provided billions to the Palestinian Authority and now Hamas and the Authority have combined. In effect we are financing the rockets being fired at Israel.

Terrorist have no shame using human shields.

Would Israel's actions be okay with posters, if they suffered the equal number of deaths. I did not know defensive measures are limited to the number of casualties you suffer. Does Israel need to stop until their casualties equal the Hamas toll?

"Not that it can ever take back the hundreds of thousands of civilians it targeted and killed in Japan" What about those 7,000,000 to 11,000,000 civilians killed in China by the Japanese. Civilians killed in Japan about 500,000.

What are the moral equivalents.

We now have progressives who believe wars should be fought like youth soccer games. They think it is wrong to keep score, every team wins and no one should lose. Hamas fires rockets into Israel civilian centers, and because Israel fights back, they promise every citizen of Israel is a valid target. Were not the civilians targets to begin with.

This is war, and people die. That is why we try to avoid wars.

Abdulameer
Chicago, IL

Why in the world is Israel still supplying Gaza with electricity??? Whoever heard of such a thing? Israel needs to destroy Hamas as quickly as possible, and supplying them with electricity will only prolong the war and increase the casualties.
In case anyone is wondering about the reasons for the conflict, I urge you to read the Hamas Charter. They tell it like it is, namely, that this is an Islamic holy war (jihad) against the Jews, and they quote Islamic sacred texts. Please Google the Hamas Charter and read it for yourself.

Johnnyoh!
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I must say condoning Palestinian aggression and condemning Israel seems rather a stupid argument, when you are vastly out number with technical weapons, one would expect to not tug on superman's cape to do so is folly.
There is no cure for the mandate of eliminating the Jews from the face of the earth, anyone exposed to the same thing happening to them would retaliate or annihilate the problem, if the Palestinians were not so stupid they would realize they don't have anything but bodies to throw at this war with Israel.
Maybe if Kerry could control the arms going to the Palestinians, they could talk some sense in to this so called peace negotiation, until then the Gaza strip will be a casualty zone for the Palestinians

David
Centerville, UT

Hamas wants this war. Three Jewish teens were murdered. When a revenge killing occurred against a Palestinian, Hamas began directing hundreds of rockets into Israel. What is Israel to do? Would liberals propose that Israel just sit and let Hamas bomb Israel? It appears so from some of these comments.

If a neighboring state were to fire hundreds of rockets into the US, there would be a military response and Americans would demand such a response. So how can we criticize Israel?

Timpclimber is correct with the history and facts of Hamas. They exist to destroy Israel. There is no negotiation, no compromise, no middle ground that will satisfy them other than complete destruction of the Israeli nation and all Jews.

It is difficult to understand how any nation or group could excuse Hamas' behavior, and condone them as if they are a legitimate representative of a nation. They are a terrorist organization. They exist to destroy.

Numinous
Richfield, UT

It seems rather obvious to any objective observer that Hamas simply has to stop firing their rockets into Israel if they want the air strikes on the Gaza to stop.

Every single air strike in the Gaza by Israel has been in retaliation for rockets fired into Israel by Hamas. If I was the head of military for Israel, I'd do exactly the same thing. Every country has a right to defend itself.

I haven't heard a single notable charge of Israel blatantly bombing the Gaza without first being provoked. Even Hamas hasn't claimed such a thing. Sadly, they just keep sending rockets from civilian sites, hoping Israel won't retaliate because of their use of those civilian sites. Or when they do, then hoping that any Palastine civilian collateral damage will cause the world to condemn Israel, as it often has been doing.

From everything I've studied and read, the Palestinians are bringing this upon themselves by not stopping Hamas from firing rockets into Israel... who can and will continue justifiably retaliating each time it happens.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

re jsf
Centerville Utah

"We have provided billions to the Palestine Authority."

Would you please share with us your source for that statement.

Perhaps I am wrong but to the best of my recollection we provide around $456,000,000 each year to the Palestine Authority and we provide more than $3,700,000,000 each year to Israel. Egypt receives a little less than Israel each year also.

The Palestine Authority receives only a small percentage of aid in comparison to Israel and Egypt.

Am I wrong?

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