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Why Israel had no choice in handling of Hamas

There are 150 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jan 1, 2009, titled Why Israel had no choice in handling of Hamas. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Israel's military operation against Hamas targets in Gaza should have come as no surprise.

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One Sided

Lake Worth, FL

#1 Jan 1, 2009
Jews invaded Palestianian territory in 1948. Now, they complain that Palestians are fighting back?
Carr

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Jan 1, 2009
My wish for the New Year is that we all get back to our Christian roots. This video is sad. www.youtube.com/watch...
carr

Boca Raton, FL

#3 Jan 1, 2009
This video was from the a pro-Hamas march in downtown Ft Lauderdale back in Dec 30th 2008.
Debbie

Boca Raton, FL

#4 Jan 1, 2009
The beginning of this video it shows the sewer mouth of a muslim woman dressed all "modestly." Hmmm doesn't modestly of your actions matter more then your fraudulent uniform? Then there is another guy telling the Americans how this is to show the "Beauty of Islam." More like the perpetual ugly of Islam."
get your facts straight

Hialeah, FL

#5 Jan 1, 2009
One Sided wrote:
Jews invaded Palestianian territory in 1948. Now, they complain that Palestians are fighting back?
and why did they invade you moron??? let's see - hmmmm.... every arab country surrounding them attacked them soon after they were declared a state from the UN. next time you write something maybe you can do a little background check - oh yeah - that would mean you would have to actually be open minded and not "one sided"...
Max

Boone, NC

#6 Jan 1, 2009
To borrow from Bill Clinton's Presidential campaign:
It's about the ever expanding settlements in the West Bank, Stupid.

Like all the other AIPAC propaganda, Ms. Whiter picks and chooses certain tidbits of this 40 year brutal occupation of Palestinian lands to justify the Israeli Zionist objectives, as stated in the Likud Party Platform.

http://www.knesset.gov.il/elections/knesset15...
Here are some quotes:

"The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting. "

"The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.

The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs."

Until Israel starts a serious withdrawal from the West Bank, none of the events in this sordid story can be put into proper perspective.
Brian

United States

#7 Jan 1, 2009
get your facts straight wrote:
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and why did they invade you moron??? let's see - hmmmm.... every arab country surrounding them attacked them soon after they were declared a state from the UN. next time you write something maybe you can do a little background check - oh yeah - that would mean you would have to actually be open minded and not "one sided"...
AIPAC......nuff said.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Jan 1, 2009
One of lifes many mysteries to me is why America is involved in the Israeli/Palistinian beef?
Max

Boone, NC

#9 Jan 1, 2009
"Israel unilaterally evacuated Gaza in 2005, with the result that Gazans had their first opportunity in history to govern themselves."

This statement is blatant lie. For starters, after 38 years of Israeli occupation, the Palestinians in Gaza were totally dependent on Israel for basic human services. The unilateral withdrawal did nothing to alter that fundamental fact.

As part of the withdrawal, Israel ensured that Gaza would have no airport, airspace, or seaport, nor would the Palestinians have control over their own borders.

Israel reserved the right, and exercised it, to reenter Gaza at any time to round up or assassinate suspected "terrorists".

Finally, the Palestinians in Gaza had far more opportunity to govern themselves before the Israeli occupation in 1967 than they did during it, so to say "first time in history" does even have meaning.

No people can even attempt to "govern themselves" under these conditions, and to say they can reveals the duplicity and dishonesty that Israel persistently practices as the apartheid rulers of the Palestinian people.
Brian

United States

#11 Jan 1, 2009
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot wrote:
One of lifes many mysteries to me is why America is involved in the Israeli/Palistinian beef?
AS I said.....AIPAC. US politicians are terrified of AIPAC, therefore they don't dare vote against Israel or say anything bad against Israel.
Burt

Englewood, CO

#12 Jan 1, 2009
Man, those Youtube videos of the Israeli airforce blowing up terrorists loading missles onto trucks was really cool.
I hope they got alot of mops and plastic baggies to clean up after that-LOL.
Elephant in the Room

Delray Beach, FL

#14 Jan 1, 2009
Israelis want to live in peace. This is a natural and long overdue response to constant provocation.

"1,176 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000."

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle...

"1,212 rockets and 1,290 mortar bombs fired from the Gaza Strip have struck southern Israel since the beginning of the year (Jan-Nov 2008)."

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle...

Pro-Palestinian Muslims ignore these facts. Another fact:

Look around and read the papers. Muslims are involved in most of the violent acts, terrorist incidents, and wars all around the world. How long before they bring their nasty activities here on our soil on a daily basis? Are you all ready for the suicide bombers in our malls, our schools, on our streets? WAKE UP! MUSLIMS ARE THE PROBLEM.
Jonathan

United States

#15 Jan 1, 2009
Brian wrote:
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Did you ever see the video of the Israeli thank on fire and then blowing up in the 2006 war in Lebanon? It was really cool. There were bodies flying everywhere. Dead Israelis all over the place.
Just because Israel is strong and protects its citizens doesn't make them wrong. Hamas seeks the total destruction of Israel. They are the real bullies here. They could have peace by stopping the rocket fire, but they do not value life.

All of it is sickening.
Burt

Englewood, CO

#16 Jan 1, 2009
Brian wrote:
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Did you ever see the video of the Israeli thank on fire and then blowing up in the 2006 war in Lebanon? It was really cool. There were bodies flying everywhere. Dead Israelis all over the place.
I take joy only in seeing terrorists burn. I bet you celebrated when arab terrorists attacked America on September 11 too.
Brian

United States

#18 Jan 1, 2009
Jonathan wrote:
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Just because Israel is strong and protects its citizens doesn't make them wrong. Hamas seeks the total destruction of Israel. They are the real bullies here. They could have peace by stopping the rocket fire, but they do not value life.
All of it is sickening.
I disagree with you on who the real bully is in this conflict, but I do agree that it is indeed sickening as innocent people on both side are dying. Enough is enough.

Just as an interesting side not. Israel ordered 1000 GBU-39 Bunker Buster bombs in November from the USA. They were delivered the first week of December, just in time for the war. Funny thing, they were ordered before the rocket fire from Hamas started but after Israel killed 6 Hamas members in Gaza on the 5th of November, in violation of the truce. Makes you wonder.
Brian

United States

#19 Jan 1, 2009
Burt wrote:
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I take joy only in seeing terrorists burn. I bet you celebrated when arab terrorists attacked America on September 11 too.
Nope, just when they kill the IDF.
Elephant in the Room

Delray Beach, FL

#20 Jan 1, 2009
It's pretty obvious that radical Muslims are causing most of the trouble in the world today. In the US. In Europe. In Somalia. In Darfur. In China before the Olympics. In the Netherlands. Pick the place, and radical Muslims are threatening to kill any non-believers.

Open your eyes. Don't let your hatred for Jews cloud your vision. They want you to believe that Jews are their only targets. But you are next.

Want to live in the stone ages under sharia law? Then keep defending the Islamists. Enjoy your life when they take over, as they openly state they intend to do.

Israel has every right to defend herself, just as any other country does. If the Hamas cowards want to hide in civilian populations, then the Hamas cowards are responsible for those civilian deaths.

Funny how Hamas targets Israeli civilians, and none of you get on your soap box and decry that. But as soon as the Jews fight back, they are terrible....their response is disproportionate...they are committing genocide. Blah blah blah.

This isn't a sport. There is no rule on response, other than eliminate the threat. I think they are doing a pretty good job of that. Nothing like a show of force to deter your crazy neighbor from continuing to lob rockets at your people on a daily basis.

So remember. If they do away with Israel, you're next.
Max

Boone, NC

#21 Jan 1, 2009
Elephant in the Room wrote:
Israelis want to live in peace. This is a natural and long overdue response to constant provocation.
"1,176 people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000."
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle...
"1,212 rockets and 1,290 mortar bombs fired from the Gaza Strip have struck southern Israel since the beginning of the year (Jan-Nov 2008)."
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle...
Pro-Palestinian Muslims ignore these facts. Another fact:
Look around and read the papers. Muslims are involved in most of the violent acts, terrorist incidents, and wars all around the world. How long before they bring their nasty activities here on our soil on a daily basis? Are you all ready for the suicide bombers in our malls, our schools, on our streets? WAKE UP! MUSLIMS ARE THE PROBLEM.
As always, you feel it is not necessary to tell us how many Palestinians the Israelis have killed during the same time period, or, how many Palestinians are languishing in Israeli prisons indefinitely because they are suspected "terrorists".

Oh, did you tell us how many innocent Lebanese were killed by the Israeli attack on Lebanon, including the use of illegal, US supplied cluster bombs?
Brian

United States

#22 Jan 1, 2009
Elephant in the Room wrote:
It's pretty obvious that radical Muslims are causing most of the trouble in the world today. In the US. In Europe. In Somalia. In Darfur. In China before the Olympics. In the Netherlands. Pick the place, and radical Muslims are threatening to kill any non-believers.
Open your eyes. Don't let your hatred for Jews cloud your vision. They want you to believe that Jews are their only targets. But you are next.
Want to live in the stone ages under sharia law? Then keep defending the Islamists. Enjoy your life when they take over, as they openly state they intend to do.
Israel has every right to defend herself, just as any other country does. If the Hamas cowards want to hide in civilian populations, then the Hamas cowards are responsible for those civilian deaths.
Funny how Hamas targets Israeli civilians, and none of you get on your soap box and decry that. But as soon as the Jews fight back, they are terrible....their response is disproportionate...they are committing genocide. Blah blah blah.
This isn't a sport. There is no rule on response, other than eliminate the threat. I think they are doing a pretty good job of that. Nothing like a show of force to deter your crazy neighbor from continuing to lob rockets at your people on a daily basis.
So remember. If they do away with Israel, you're next.
Was it fighting back or was it pre-planned?

Just as an interesting side note. Israel ordered 1000 GBU-39 Bunker Buster bombs in November from the USA. They were delivered the first week of December, just in time for the war. Funny thing, they were ordered before the rocket fire from Hamas started but after Israel killed 6 Hamas members in Gaza on the 5th of November, in violation of the truce. Makes you wonder.
Jonathan

United States

#25 Jan 1, 2009
Brian wrote:
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I disagree with you on who the real bully is in this conflict, but I do agree that it is indeed sickening as innocent people on both side are dying. Enough is enough.
Just as an interesting side not. Israel ordered 1000 GBU-39 Bunker Buster bombs in November from the USA. They were delivered the first week of December, just in time for the war. Funny thing, they were ordered before the rocket fire from Hamas started but after Israel killed 6 Hamas members in Gaza on the 5th of November, in violation of the truce. Makes you wonder.
I also wonder about Iran's interest in this mess. They have fueled the fires of the conflict and have supplied weapons to Hamas. They clearly join Hamas in their goal of exterminating Israel and freeing the entire middle east of non-muslims.

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