The Gaza breakdown -- Hospitals and C...

The Gaza breakdown -- Hospitals and Clinics, Ariel Sharon, Beth...

There are 15 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from May 30, 2008, titled The Gaza breakdown -- Hospitals and Clinics, Ariel Sharon, Beth.... In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Psychiatrist Eyad el-Sarraj can be as caustic as any Palestinian in condemning Israel's 40-year occupation of the Gaza Strip.

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brandon

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 30, 2008
militants???? they are terrorists.
Ben

Brooklyn, NY

#2 May 30, 2008
The sad and sorry truth is that there is nothing that Israel could do that would end this. Even if they retreated to 1967 lines, that leaves Hamas trying to finish the job and exterminate them. Hamas has put nothing on the table other than 100%- even their offer of a temporary ceasefire simply says that at the end of the ceasefire, they will return to their goal. Why would anyone propose a temporary ceasefire anyway? What is the logic of saying "you're safe now, but I will kill you next year"?

You can't negotiate with someone who refuses to put a price on the table. Hamas has said there is no price, none at all, that Israel could pay for peace.

By contrast, if the Palestinians halted their violence and their sadistic hatred of Israel, there would be peace. Real peace.

Control over the outcome is entirely with them.
JMullen

Fallston, MD

#3 May 30, 2008
It's truly a sad situation for the Palestinian civilians who are held captive and used as cannon fodder by Hamas.

Hamas lobs rockets into Israel provoking a retaliatory strike against them while they hide amongst civilians. When the civilians get killed, Hamas then rolls over and plays the victim to the rest of the world. If Hamas were truly motivated to promote the welfare of the Palestinian people, then they would use the money given to them by Iran to fund the fighting to instead build an economic infrastructure.

Israel has shown that it can make a lasting peace with its neighbors as it has with Egypt. So what's so wrong with Syria and Iran that they don't want peace?

The Arabs started this war. They need to admit they were wrong and recognize Israel if there is ever to be a Palestinian state and peace. The ball is entirely in the Arabs (and Persians: Iran) court when it comes to stopping this war.
Little Joe

New York, NY

#4 May 30, 2008
All Three Posts are to the POINT!!!

You can't negotiate with Terrorists.
Get rid of Hamas, put rational people in charge that truely want peace and build an economy with free trade to the rest of the peaceful world and your suffering in Gaza will end. Keep Hamas in charge and your future is bleak and your suffering will continue. Believe me, Israel would like nothing more than to have peaceful, friendly neighbors. They would probably help with more if they knew violence was going to end!!!

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#5 May 30, 2008
There's an old joke about three people, one of them a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, who were shipwrecked and landed on a remote cannibal-infested island. They were captured before long, and as cauldrons of water were being hoisted on to the fire, the generous natives offered to grant each of their captives one last wish.

The first doomed man requested a pen and paper, and penned a farewell note to his family. The second person asked for a five-course –non-human-meat – final meal. The Israeli then asked that the tribal leader punch him in the face. A strange request, but in their final moments on earth, people don't always think coherently... As soon as the Chief socked him, the Israeli pulled out an Uzi and mowed down the hapless captors.

"Why did you wait until he punched you before shooting them?" the two relieved friends asked.

"And have the world say that I was the aggressor?!"
James Shortz

Beach Haven, NJ

#6 May 30, 2008
plenty of hospitals in arabia for the arabians
Bobby

United States

#7 May 30, 2008
The author implies that Bush and Sharon did not do enough to make peace with the Palestinians.

Arafat refused to sign a comprehensive peace agreement.

He knew that he would have been murdered if he had signed it.
Yogi

Israel

#9 Jun 3, 2008
So again, no responsibility on the part of the Palestinians for any of this?

Also - you forgot to mention that Gaza has a border with Egypt too. People have a right to know what the economic connections with Eygpt are and why they are not helping the Palestinians.

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#10 Jun 3, 2008
Yogi wrote:
So again, no responsibility on the part of the Palestinians for any of this?
Also - you forgot to mention that Gaza has a border with Egypt too. People have a right to know what the economic connections with Eygpt are and why they are not helping the Palestinians.
egypt does not occupy nor oppress the palestinians
Greg

Annapolis, MD

#11 Jun 3, 2008
The poor psychiatrist may be killed for his honesty about the good treatment he received in Israel. He is brave to tell his story..
JMullen

Baltimore, MD

#12 Jun 3, 2008
greg_allen wrote:
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egypt does not occupy nor oppress the palestinians
Egypt has a fence at the Gaza border to keep the Palestinians out and nobody complains. Israel has a fence to keep the Palestinians out and you would think that the world was ending.

Israel has offered to give control of Gaza to Egypt, and Egypt refused. Go figure. Israel came into control of Gaza and the Sanai in the Six Days War in 1968 when Egypt expelled the U.N. peace-keeping force from the Sanai and began massing troops on the border. Israel and Egypt later made peace with each other and Israel returned the Sanai.

Israel provides money, energy, and other economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority. What do the Palestinians give? Go figure...

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#13 Jun 3, 2008
JMullen wrote:
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Egypt has a fence at the Gaza border to keep the Palestinians out and nobody complains. Israel has a fence to keep the Palestinians out and you would think that the world was ending.
Israel has offered to give control of Gaza to Egypt, and Egypt refused. Go figure. Israel came into control of Gaza and the Sanai in the Six Days War in 1968 when Egypt expelled the U.N. peace-keeping force from the Sanai and began massing troops on the border. Israel and Egypt later made peace with each other and Israel returned the Sanai.
Israel provides money, energy, and other economic assistance to the Palestinian Authority. What do the Palestinians give? Go figure...
an occupying force is required to provide water, electricity,etc. to the people who it occupies.
JMullen

Baltimore, MD

#14 Jun 3, 2008
greg_allen wrote:
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an occupying force is required to provide water, electricity,etc. to the people who it occupies.
Be sure to tell that to Iran and Hamas who kicked out Abbas and the P.A. by force and now control Gaza.

You seem to forget that Israel left Gaza.
Tom

Cockeysville, MD

#15 Jun 3, 2008
greg_allen wrote:
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an occupying force is required to provide water, electricity,etc. to the people who it occupies.
Not to "people" who are bent on their annihilation!
James Shortz

Beach Haven, NJ

#16 Jun 3, 2008
moshlums are a moshlum problem

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