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The Israelis, quite naturally, want to live in peace. And so do the Palestinians. - This statement needs clarification.

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Submitted by Mladen Andrijasevic (Israel), Jan 22, 2008 at 01:54

>>The Israelis, quite naturally, want to live in peace. And so do the Palestinians.

While wanting to live in peace is definitely true for the Israeli side, from the Palestinian side this needs a qualification. The Palestinians want to live in a peace, without Israel around. The evidence for that is overwhelming. When in 2000 at Camp David Ehud Barak offered 97 percent of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and half of Jerusalem as a resolution to the conflict, the Palestinians responded with 26000 terror attacks and 147 suicide bombers in the following five years . Next, they elected Hamas in Gaza under whose supervision Islamic Jihad and Hamas itself launched more than 1500 rockets into Israel, mainly the city of Sderot AFTER Israel had already left the Gaza Strip . Fifteen people were killed and 40 percent of Sderot's children show symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

Of course, while being bombarded on the daily basis with these 1500 rockets , more than 120 of which last Wednesday , Thursday, Friday the United Nations did now do a thing. Now that that the border crossings have been closed, following the salvo of 120 rockets the United Nations has sprung to life and the UN Security Council will meet today. As usual the 1500 rockets will not be mentioned.

Is there an example in human history where a military superior force tolerated the constant bombardment of its territory from a militarily inferior force, and did not stop it ? I know of no such case, but maybe you do? We all remember how the UK reacted to the V1 and V2 bombings of London at the end of the Second World War. Would the Palestinians prefer the light of the fires set by the Allied incendiary devices dropped on Dresden?


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