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January 5, 2009

Help With Understanding the Israeli Hamas Conflict?

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I really like to think that I am a pretty savvy thinker. I am college educated and have a graduate degree from the school of hard knocks. Some may even say I am rather opinionated and not shy upon opining on any given subject matter. Despite all this I must claim an absolute level of confusion as to the world’s condemnation of Israel for its attacks against Hamas.

I usually like to bring large matters down to a more basic level to try and decipher them. As such I imagine that my family and I will be for the sake of discussion – Israel. We live next door to our neighbors called Hamas. We have been embroiled in a serious neighborhood dispute for many years. For the sake of this discussion the cause of the dispute does not matter- simply that we aren’t terribly fond of each of each other.

For a period of time my neighbor- Hamas, has been randomly firing a gun onto my property. For a period of time my family members have lived in fear and on occasion died as a result of these actions. My neighbor Hamas has clearly stated to all that listen that they wish to kill all of my family.

Finally my family- Israel, can no longer accept these attacks and starts shooting back at Hamas. In this process the Hamas neighbors hide amongst other innocent neighbors and from there engage my family in battle. Hamas shows no apparent regard for the innocent neighbors that are being hurt as a result of their tactics.

Hamas then cries foul. They cry out that Israel is shooting at us. That Israel is killing innocents. That Israel is evil. That Hamas is being victimized. The world cries out for Israel to stop its attacks.

If you lived in this neighborhood. If your family was Israel. If your wife and your children were being killed would you stop? Would you care of the opinions of others?

Please help me to understand this.

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4 Comments »

  1. In my opinion, you both have a view of the conflict that has been skewed by American media. It is very unusual that in the coverage of the whole conflict (has been going heavily since 1948) Palestinians actually get some sympathy. If you want to take my word… I pay close attention to the coverage on this subject, and this is out of the ordinary.

    It always makes me terribly sad when I run into Americans who only think of Palestinians as terrorists. This is why the conflict persists in the way that it does, because most people ignore the other side. I hope I gave you at least a piece of the other side in the two links I gave. And by the way, if you haven’t yet, find a reliable news source and take a gander at the death tolls on either side. There is a reason the media is focused on the Palestinians.

    Comment by Eva — January 7, 2009 @ 2:09 AM | Reply

  2. Tom makes a valid point about the media coverage on this “conflict.” They love to focus on the tragically injured or killed child on that side of the border. Where are the same pictures when women and children is Israel are blown to pieces because they were simple in a cafe’ or on a bus that a homicidal bomber chose to board.

    No doubt there is a long and tragic history in this conflict with wrongs on both sides. The question remains – when is it acceptable to murder innocent women and children in an effort to right perceived wrongs?

    Comment by onemanoneview — January 6, 2009 @ 4:17 PM | Reply

  3. Amazing that when Hamas attacks and kills innocent civilians you never see the victims. Now that Israel is fighting back, the news is full of Palestinian victims who have died. How many Israelies have you seen strapping on a bomb and walking into a palistinian marketplace? Doesn’t Revelations say that it’s the middle east that starts the apocolypse? When you’re giving sympathy to suicide bombers and terrorists can it be that far away?

    Comment by Tom — January 6, 2009 @ 3:54 PM | Reply

  4. I think you must understand the Palestinian cause as a whole to understand where Hamas is coming from. Here are two links where I’ve written about it…

    http://evalawrie.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/getting-the-finger/

    and

    http://evalawrie.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/palestinian-life-in-the-west-bank/

    Comment by Eva — January 6, 2009 @ 4:20 AM | Reply


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