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Published: Friday, July 25 2014 6:59 p.m. MDT

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intervention
slc, UT

Wait how could Kerry be over there the conservative "news" line has been that we have been ignoring this situation?

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

"Both sides agree to a lull in fighting" Is this completely accurate?

Please correct me if I am wrong but the Israel Defense Force feels they can continue to search and destroy the tunnels they came for during this time.

This is without the worry of someone shooting at them.

Right or Wrong?

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

I think the humanitarian truce is to allow Gaza civilians to get out and stock up on water, food, and medicine, and do other daily tasks they cannot do while the Israelis are busy trying to root out the tunnels and implements of aggression that Hamas has conveniently embedded in the civilian population.

If the geographical positions were reversed, who among us can imagine Hamas observing a humanitarian ceasefire to let besieged Israeli civilians get out and replenish their food supplies?

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Kerry and Obama have to get out of the way now, let Israel run down and destroy the Hamas and any Palestinian followers who get in the way. Israel and been very patient for the last 10 years of harassament from the Muslims terrorist groups attacking them across the borders and the only terms of peace is unconditional surrender of Hamas and Palestinian sympathizers murdering their own children. The Palestinians are holding up their children and women in the line of fire with guns and rockets aimed out between their legs.

The Israeli have no choice about who the Hamas and Palestinians hide behind. Cowardice is their game and its not the Israelis who are putting children in harms way. The american news media should get it right about who is murdering and mascaraing who. Hamas is doing it all.

Obama and Kerry have no influence and should just stay home, this war has been building up for many years and its no longer a political war where Obama can call his generals and tell them to surrender. This is a war to victory by one side. Unless Obama goes in and kills Hamas like he did Osama's political slaughter.

timpClimber
Provo, UT

Israel has every right to continue to search and destroy the tunnel system. If Hamas had not used the donated concrete and money to build the tunnel to Israel system and stopped firing rockets into Israel they would have not crossed the border.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re Iron Rod

This is a cease fire, not a cease 'looking for tunnels'.

If Israel us fired upon, they will react appropriately.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Hmm. Does getting "out of the way" mean no more huge checks for aid delivered every Jan. 1st for decades now? 2Cents does know that Israel is tops on the list of aid receivers, right?

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

Different languages, I know, and just a coincidence, right? … but every time I see the name Hamas, my mind’s eye sees the name Haman.

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

@Mark B--

Thank heavens someone is on Israel's side. If not, the country would cease to exist. Everyone in the Muslim world and beyond is providing money, technology and arms to Hamas so they can destroy the Jewish state (their words, not mine). Israel was founded, don't forget, in the wake of Hitler's genocide of 8 million Jews in order to give the Jewish people a homeland and a chance to survive. They have withstood all attempts to obliterate their state and their people, against all odds. They did not do that by being wishy-washy or allowing others to tread on them. That said, they have been very patient, and willing to negotiate, but all those attempts have been rebuffed.

The solution is very simple: Hamas stops attacking Israel, the war is over.

Abdulameer
Chicago, IL

Hamas cannot stop attacking Israel. They are Moslems, and Islam requires them to attack Israel.

The conflict over Israel is intractable and no negotiations can ever resolve it. This is not an "Arab-Israeli conflict", and it is not a "Palestinian-Israeli" conflict. It is not a territorial conflict, and it has nothing to do with “settlements”. Israel's deadliest enemy is The Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Iranians are not Arab. Nt a single Moslem-majority country recognizes Israel's right to exist. The Hamas Charter makes it crystal clear that the conflict is NOT an "Arab-Israeli" conflict but rather an Islamic holy war against the Jews. Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, quotes Islamic sacred texts. The Moslem god, Allah, in the Koran, and the Moslem prophet, Muhammad, in his sacred sayings, command Moslems everywhere to make war on the Jews and either kill them or subjugate to them to Islamic rule. The very existence of Israel stands as a rebuke to Islam itself. Therefore, no Moslem can make peace with Israel without violating the sacred commands of his god and his prophet.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

It isn't much different today than it was in the time of Moses, Joshua, Saul, Solomon or the kings of Judah or Israel in the Old Testament. It is like a movie being rerun, over and over again. Instead of peace where people would have to work for a living and learn things, they just war and kill each other.

Frozen Fractals
Salt Lake City, UT

Gaza (139sq mi) is slightly larger than Salt Lake City (110sq mi). I don't mean the metro I mean just Salt Lake City proper. No West Valley, no Draper, no Sandy, none of that. Gaza has 1.8 million people, Salt Lake City (again, just the city, not metro or country) has around 0.2 million people. Where exactly do you want those civilians to hide? You're pretty much telling them to all cram together at the airport while you invade the U.

Californian#1@94131
San Francisco, CA

-- "Where exactly do you want those civilians to hide?" --

Hmmmm. Good point about hiding where there's nowhere to hide.

In a tiny territory of that size with nearly 2,000,000 people, there must not be much space to conceal missile launchers, bombs, underground tunnels, and other weapons of aggression and dsstruction. So Hamas, if they want to continue the noble work of shelling Israeli cities, just doesn't have a lot of choices except to tuck them away among schools, hospitals, libraries, and residences.

Poor Hamas.

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