Ordinary Gazans hurt most by 3-year blockade
Three out of four factories in Gaza have closed because they can't import or export.
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#1 Jun 11, 2010
Of course it's tragic. However, Israel left Gaza with flourishing greenhouses intact that were paid for by a Jewish Israeli so that the Palestinians would start with a thriving business. But the Palestinians fought with each other to take control and in the end, destroyed the greenhouses. Then they voted for a terrorist group that made it clear they advocated destruction of Israel with violence. Didn't they realize this was only going to bring them more heartache- that Israel would have to defend itself. They took an opportunity, yet again, to change their lives to something positive- to build something good- and threw it away. This is a people who blame Israel for everything- never take any responsibility for their role in this terrible situation. This is a people who are going to build a State?
#2 Jun 11, 2010
they declare war on israel, and attack it every day with rockets, then gripe when israel doesn't prop up their economy? boo hoo...
#3 Jun 11, 2010
it would clearly seem that the difference between prosperity for gaza, and ruin for gaza, is peaceably living and working with israel. wonder when hamas will get the message?
#4 Jun 11, 2010
At some point the world has to hold Palestinians responsible for what happens to Palestinians. Israel doesn't have a magic wand they can just wave and make them a peaceful and prosperous people. They need to do that for themselves.
Lop Buri, Thailand
#5 Jun 12, 2010
they will NEVER get the message. they are muslims. the quran forbids peace with non-muslims. the best allowed is a "hudna" which is a 10 year truce.
hamas has already said the best they can do is a 10 year truce. they declared this in 2004. which means their religion will only allow them to cease hostilities until 2014.
in essense, what hamas said is - "we are still at war with israel."
after the israel/lebanon war of 2006, what with all the missiles and all, I find it hard to question israel doing all they can to stop muslims in gaza from rearming themselves.
frankly, if it was me, I would push the muslims all out and into jordan. settle the land issues once and for all.
according to the british mandate, that is where they should be in the first place.
#6 Jun 13, 2010
the mandate issue is unfortunately a non-issue. when the brits pulled out, the issue of how the mandate area would be divided and ruled wasn't settled by the UN, it was settled on the battlefield.
for a long time, i thought that a 'two-state solution'(this is really a 3 state solution) would work best. i think time and experience have made it fairly obvious that the 'single-state' solution is the only one that's capable of producing a peaceful outcome that insures freedom, justice, and equality for all involved.
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