THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS : THE GAZA CONFLICT

The middle east crisis :The Gaza conflict

This latest Israel-Gaza conflict was triggered by the murder of 3 Israeli teenagers on the West-Bank, and from there on it spiralled into a fully blown conflict. There are multiple reasons for the underlying tensions in this region, but in the end the solution hast o be negotiated.
Until 1991 the Palestinians under Arafat got most of what they wanted from Israel by negotiation , except Jerusalem.Then they made a cardinal mistake to side with a looser, Saddam Hussein. From there on it was downhill.
Today Hamas runs the Gaza strip and they don`t even acknowledge Israels right to exist.What do you expect with that attitude ? Do you seriously think, if the Israelis were to leave tomorrow, there would be peace in that region ? Do pigs fly ? for example : Hamas came to Government in Gaza by force and they don`realy get on with Fatah who is running the West-Bank. and if Hamas would be in Israel and the Israeli in Gaza, they would have driven them into the Mediterranean long ago without mercy.
They would not warn Israel of pending attacks so they can get civilians out of the way.
Right now, Hamas likes civilian casualties because the public images of hurt civilians trigger a lot of negative emotions in people and fan anti-Semitism worldwide. If you don`t want these casualties just stop firing those missiles. But emotional pictures and propaganda are a pretty effective weapon of Hamas. How low can you get ? Using human shields to protect your missiles and positions and then using the unavoidable civilian casualties as a propaganda tool has to be the pits of human behaviour !!

But don`t get me wrong, the Israelis have not exactly been sunday schoolboys either, there are land issues to be solved and the 2 basic laws that guarantee a never-ending conflict :
blood revenge and collective punishment.
They are practised by everybody down there and until that changes, no lasting peace will ever eventuate.

So which way to go, to go somewhere ? international pressure on Hamas to stop their rocket attacks will be a good starting point.Since Gaza only survives with the help of external support, this would not be too hard to achieve as long as the political will is there. At the same time the Israelis will have to be brought tot he negotiating table which would probably not be to hard since they want peace more than Hamas.
An acknowledgement of Israels right to exist by Hamas would be a good starting point for any further negotiations.

War starts in the mind of man , so does peace. The ever-increasing suffering of the civilians of that region should be reason enough for the international community to force this issue with economical means.
Emotionally charged antisemitism is definitely not the answer, it will make things worse and solve nothing.

There is another worrying aspect of this conflict : Hamas is somewhat affiliated with Hezbollah,a defacto part of the Lebanese government and is supplied by Iran via Syria and the Assad regime which is backed by Russia.
Like in the Ukraine,the undercurrent here is one of a superpower confrontation.

i hope this gets a few people thinking,
have a nice day,
the Kookabarra

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