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Submitted by JKF (Canada), Jan 23, 2009 at 16:35

Daniel you are being too harsh on the IG, Olmert is only one small part of the IG. The Gaza operation was conducted with great restraint by the IDF, notwithstanding the over than 1000+ deaths. Never mind the massive lies being propagated by anti-semites, anti- Israel, anti-Western and even some self hating media/individuals. Even the UN, has shown a gross level of bias and anti-Israel comments, if not outright anti-semitism as usual for some years. Israel is very constrained, thus it takes it time to react to agression

The IG is constrained by its allies/friends???? and the nature of the Jewish people. The nature of the people has been mainly liberal, enlightened, peace seeking, and not usually involved in creating bloodbaths. Every war, so far, has been instigated or and planned for by the anti Israel group of nations and their supporters. Even this recent Gaza war, which took years for the IG finally to react to, was planned far away from Gaza almost eight years ago. I agree, that yes, probably the IG should have reacted much earlier, but it did not. Constraints are not easy to ignore.

How is the IG constrained? 1- just lookat the equipment it uses to defend itself, most of it is no longer made in Israel. 2- look at where all the exports and trade go to; lack of open doors would harm the economy. 3- look at the imports. 4- Look at the banking and associated services. 5- Look at the trade in gems, one of the big enterprises; and so on on/on..... In this world of globalization, a small nation can no longer be an island on its own and mantain the high standard of life that Israelis enjoy. The solution may be to become more self sufficient, strike aliances with more nations, and diversify the markets...

As far as the terrorist sponsor, exporting nation is concerned; Israel does not have all the required clearances, overflight, nor the equipment it needs to deal with the issue of nuclear weapons and ICBM production and support facilities. I do agree that the failure of the international community - to fail in stopping or in any way preventing the terrorist sponsor nation's repeated agressions, using proxy militias, from Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza, against Israel will have the most gravest consequences for humanity.

The terrorist sponsor nation has repeatedly attacked Israel; it also has attacked US/ allies in Iraq, using the same approach = proxy militias, and the sit in Afghanistan is also clearly getting out of hand. Some day, the risks will be perceived to be so high that action will be taken irespective of the risks.. Much the same that happened in Gaza; years and years of terrorism against nealy 1 million Israelis, in the South, was totally disregarded by the international, biased apparatus/ organizations, leaving absolutely no choice whatsoever, but for the IG to undertake a defensive war against Iran's proxy Hamas.

The great failure, over attacks from Gaza, of the UN/EU/ and others in any way disuading Hamas from these dastardly attacks, resulted in the last defensive war waged by Israel. Failure to get a lasting ceasifire, and stop weapons smuggling into Gaza, will just result in another defensive war against Hamas. The issue that must not be forgotten, that although Israelis and Pals shed blood, to many in the ME, the conflict serves them to re-focus their internal problems on an outside conflict.

Some of the world, does not care for Isreal's future, including some self hating inividuals, which every nation has a few of. The main reasons being are that they are: ignorant of the facts, IE- the absolute right of Israel and the Jewish people to the ownership of the current state, as supported by historical documents, archeology and independent records from other cultures, which attest to Israel's rightfull ownership as unquestionable; and others are just totally biased against Israel, irrespective of the facts, because it is the Jewish state. If Israel had bombarded Gaza for years, as Hamas has done to Israel, the outcry would be massive.

Israel and all Jewish people need unity of purpose, resolve, and a clear plan/resources to continue to meet all challanges. Hopefully some day, peace will come to all; but it does not look that it will be very soon; for as long as the terrorist sponsor nation has the same leadership, peace will be hard, if not impossible, to realize, not just in Israel/ME, but well beyond the ME

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