Keep peace from unraveling between Israel and Egypt

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  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    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 aggression.

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    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 annually).

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 1:16 p.m.


    “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.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    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.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 18, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    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.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    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."

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Nov. 18, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    "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).

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 12:39 a.m.

    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.