Friday, January 30, 2009

Taking Responsibility In Gaza

Who is responsible for the plight of the people in the Gaza?

The common international perception is that Israel is responsible for the conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza. But is it?

Israel withdrew from Gaza three years ago. This is what the world community and the Palestinians demanded. Should not have the people in Gaza been happy about the withdrawal?

Apparently not. Immediately after the withdrawal from the Gaza the rockets began raining down on Israel.

During an appearance on Larry King Live this week, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said, he's talked to Hamas leaders. And those Hamas leaders told him that they will stop the missile attacks if Israel reopens the border.

Of course, Carter neglects to mention that the border was closed to stop the suicide bombings.

After receiving largely ineffective rocket attacks for three years, the Israelis had enough. They hit their Palestinian neighbors with their version of shock and awe.

A world largely silent about the rocket attacks suddenly woke up and accused Israel of a "disproportionate" attack. Genocide. Ethnic cleansing.

Three weeks later, Israel withdrew. All should be well with the world. But no, the rocket attacks have resumed.

So Israel is faced with exactly the same problem it had for the past three years when 6,000 rockets were fired into the Jewish state. Don't respond and listen to the deaf world response to the Hamas aggression. Or respond and win the ire of the rest of the world.

But here's a question. When one fights for one's freedom doesn't one assume the responsibility of that freedom after winning it? After the Revolutionary War in the United States, for example, was the British crown still responsible for the conditions of the colonies?

The Palestinians must take responsibility for their own territory. They must show they are willing to live in peace. Then Israel has no reason to take military action against them.

Of course, all this ignores the fact that Hamas, the duly elected representatives of the Gaza Palestinians continues to vow the eradication of the state of Israel. To them, this isn't a battle over the control of Gaza, which they have won through the ballot box. It's a battle over Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

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Anonymous said...

Both the Palestinian people and the Israelis are puppets in the hands of the other Muslim state leaders. When it appears that the people in THESE states recognize the advantage being taken of them and start to grumble, the leaders say "look,look at what the Israelis are doing to OUR (Arab,Muslim)people." This agitates the Palestinians to behave badly and the Israelis to counter, and takes the minds of their people off THEIR problems.

One of these days the Palestinians will have a leader that recognizes this situation and realize that peace with Israel is the best option for both sides. They already produced one Anwar Al Sadat and there is no reason they could not produce another. Of course, he would have to be partnered by a Yitzak Rabin. Maybe, just maybe, neither of these men will be killed by their own countrymen.


Anonymous said...

Correction: Sadat was an Egyptian. He was instrumental with making the, so far, lasting peace between Egypt and Israel. I stand by the rest of my response. It is not impossible for Palestine to find a Sadat among their people.


Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy of this entire situation doesn't shock me. Here are newspapers in the West, criticizing Israel and selectively reporting the events. Few reports mention that Hamas was firing from within playgrounds, schools, etc.

Hamas is responsible. But so are those Palestinians who voted hamas in. And also are those countries who refused to take in the Palestinians. It isn't like there's not enough room in Saudi, or Iran or any other Islamic state.

-LD McLellan