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No Responsibility in Gaza

Israel’s response to the recent kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit by invading Gaza is nothing shocking or all that new. It is what is: the latest incarnation of the cycle of violence that continues to cripple the Middle East.

Is Israel justified in taking such actions? Ultimately, justice in the context of Middle East politics will only only be understood in retrospect. That said, there is something about Middle East politics that instinctively makes all of us fall back into the blame game, justifying our behavior based on what was done in the past instead of waiting to see what happens in the future. Are we right in falling back into the blame game? No, but such is politics. So, excuse me for saying so, but Israel not at fault in this fiasco.


It’s a shame Palestinians have to suffer, but no one forced them to elect Hamas or empower its leadership. We make choices and have to learn how to live with them. Each choice we make in life has repercussions. If the Palestinians cannot even take responsibility for the very people they freely elected into office, can they be trusted?

Not to hold Palestinians responsible for their government’s actions is either to make them into fools who neither know what they say or understand what they do, or to abet and support the terror that they have unleashed on Israel. While in theory I am all for granting humanitarian aid to Palanstinians, practically such aid looks more and more unlikely.

Those we elect represent us and speak on our behalf. The Palestinian people need to uproot and denounce Hamas. Until that happens, what kind of humanity would Israel and America be supporting by giving aid?

We all wish Israel did not have to take such steps, but I also wish the Palestinians never elected Hamas. Once again, we are back to square one, and all that I can think of is that its their fault!

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marian scovil

posted June 29, 2006 at 6:08 pm

God bless Israel. I appreciate the article and agree.But, I have one question regarding your web-site. I have seen that you offer other reilgious information such as Hinduism. I believe thaththere is only One God and that God is Jehova, the Father of Jesus Christ and He is the Only God that there is, so why even offer any other information about other religions.This is why I have requested to be deleted from your website.I just don’t understand why you would ever recognize any other religions. Jesus is the only savior. He is the only one who died for us and rose again and will come back for us.Please do not get offended by my comments as I never intended to offend anyone.

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posted June 29, 2006 at 7:21 pm

Well. If we want to be brainwashed and unthinking, we’ll all go to your church. The rest of us want a choice of what to think.

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posted June 30, 2006 at 7:22 pm

marian, thank you for your support of Israel, but this is Beliefnet, not Christiannet. People of all faiths and beliefs can come together to discuss issues here.

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Gene K. Edlin

posted July 2, 2006 at 1:27 am

I agree with the first article. Of course we regret that innocents are killed in wars, but sometimes that cannot be prevented, unless one merely surrenders to bad guys,which would be even worse.

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Yael Pedhatzur

posted July 9, 2006 at 4:00 am

To all Gaza comments. The raid into Gaza was not just about the kidnapped soldier. Doesn’t any one recall that on the same week as Gilad Shalit was kidnapped, the Hamas kidnapped a 16 year old civilian, asked to negotiate for his release, and then proceeded to kill him while they were pretending to negotiate. This boy was not a soldier, he just was. Why is everyone crying over the plight of the Palestinians? Why is everyone forgetting the 1000 plus Kassam rockets that fall on Israel daily since Hamas was elected & previously as well? Barrages which hit only in civilian areas and to which for a long time Israel did not respond. Let’s see rockets falling on Chicago or Houston. I bet a swift response would be close on the heels of any such attack. The Palestinians have a right to elect whatever government they want. As long as this government does affect their neighbors. I don’t care if Hamas is in power or another party. When wrong is done to me I shall respond. My blood is not cheaper than any one else s.

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