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Justifiable War?

Reader comment on item: "Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem"

Submitted by Bill Karkow (United States), Aug 9, 2005 at 18:26

Assume for a moment that Israel withdraws completely from Gaza, allows the Palestinians to establish their own seaport and airport.

Now assume that the Palestinians bring in Karine B, Karine C, etc. shipments and fire more rockets from Gaza into Israel, at Sderot for example.

Now under the status that Gaza is then no longer "occupied" but a nascent Palestinian state, would not the Israelis justifiably declare this an act of war under international standards. Would they not then have every moral right to respond by declaring war on Gaza and attacking with their full military might?

What are the international rules when another nation fires a missile at you? Gaza could no longer hide behind the excuse of occupation. Wouldn't they be responsible as a nation for any act of war emanating from their territory?

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