Everyone Is Losing in Gaza
Jonathan Freedland: Hatred being ingrained into another generation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2012 1:55 PM CST
Palestinians inspect the rubble of the destroyed house of Hamas militant Mohammad Abu Shmala, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

(Newser) – With an election looming, Israel's leaders move to end the threat posed by Hamas' constant, if largely ineffective, rocket attacks. Sound familiar? "This is a horror movie we've seen before," in the form of Israel's 2008 invasion, writes Jonathan Freedland at the Guardian. Why is it happening again? Each side has its reasons. Hamas may simply be unable to control more bellicose groups like Islamic Jihad, or it may have intentionally stepped up attacks to exploit its suddenly friendly relationship with Egypt and an influx of Libyan weaponry.

In Israel, almost everyone assumes Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to make his rivals "fall into line as patriotic cheerleaders" ahead of Israel's January election. Netanyahu forcefully denies this. But whatever the reason, Freedland already knows the outcome. "Yet another round of civilian deaths and injury will sow hatred in the hearts of another generation," he writes. "This keeps happening, decade after decade, for one simple reason: There can be no military solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Both sides will say the action they have taken is necessary. But it will solve nothing." Read the full post here.

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WHENWILLITALLEND
Nov 19, 2012 1:06 AM CST
If Israel must continue to be both the soverign Jewish State and the location of the Islamic Holy Site where Mohamed leapt to Heaven.....are those attacking Israel not also attacking a Muslim site....are they not claiming that Israel belongs to them and again attacking themselves. In such small countries as are involved here, would not the source of most every action be known? Does the Ruler deny knowledge of the acts to cover his involvement? Does the Leader lack the power to prevent the aggression in his realm. Surely if the Leader would like Peace to enter He must have the desire to silence those who oppose. What owner of a Land would matter if the Hate still manifests. The Kingdom whose main industry is Hate and Discord cannot endure . . . .How long will death and hate be the export before sane men are compelled when it is then too late place destruction upon it. If the small rulers are not put down will not their threats to destroy . . . deprive all of the Sites Held Holy? If Peace is in the hearts of the majority, should they not stand up ? Those whose plan it is to destroy....use the poor and misdirected by encouraging their actions and deepening their sorrow. Who will stand and object and offer to replace the Hate in the Hearts of an entire generation
HANKHILL
Nov 16, 2012 8:03 PM CST
gaza is just a "hot spot" because the arabs want it to be. ALL THE @###############^%*** OIL SOAKED ARABS HAVE TO DO TO STOP THIS CRAP IS TO INVEST SOME OF THEIR OIL MONEY IN GAZA AND TURN IT INTO A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE THAT CAN STAND ON ITS OWN! IT IS UP TO THE @@@################# ARABS TO STOP THIS "WAR" CRAP! THIS JUST SHOWES THE WORLD WHAT A BUNCH OF @@@@###############%%% THE RICH ARABS ARE!
Scott603
Nov 16, 2012 5:39 PM CST
A fee years back Israel bombs 1000 innocent civilians to death including children and babies. Bombs out civilian infrastructure thrusting families into chaos. Locks down the borders preventing life saving medical care, kids from attending colleges they were admitted to, families from being united, etc. Then Israel shuts off imports and exports until all thousand factories close. And when the Gazans fight back you label them "terrorists." I'm an American Jew who has lived and worked in Israel and if Bibi can't sell his story to me he's got a problem.