What Should Israel Do About Hamas in Gaza?

The outside world grows tired of the repeated, broken-like record, of Hamas in Gaza. It is a terrorist group vowed to destroy Israel and amply supplied with thousands of short and mid-range missiles from Syria and Iran, all based on older and improved Chinese missile. Most rocks are of the fire and forget. About as accurate as a bottle rocket fired on the 4th of July in the US. Hamas can aim them at the general direction of Tel Aviv or other Israeli cities, but most wander off course, some get lucky and hit the intended target.

Today, both sides are escalating because of incidents that were caused by civilian terrorists on both sides out of hatred. Someone killed three Israeli teens near the Gaza border for no particular reason. For months, their bodies were not found. There were rumblings that Hamas or Palestinians had done this and then evidence. Yet, the Israeli government did little about it. Israeli ultra-right wing terrorists then retaliated and kidnapped a Gaza teen, as innocent as the Israeli teens, beat him to a pulp, poured gas on him and lit him up like a candle. He burned alive. The last spark to the recent rumor of war was an American teen visiting his cousin in Gaza, getting caught up in the frenzy. His cousin was the burned alive teen.

The government in Gaza and Hamas claim to be separate entities, but they are more joined than not. The President of Gaza and Hamas has direct channels to Hamas leaders. Hamas has been wanting a reason to continue their war on Israel. The Gaza government and Israel have hit an impasse in their peace talks. Peace talks that get hung up on the same reasons, even the U.S. is tired of trying to mediate.

Hamas does have their own agenda, apart from the official Gaza government. The government does want peace for its people, yet, unwilling to moderate their bargaining positions. Hamas is not involved. Their agenda is to destroy Israel, like Hezbollah in Lebanon. That is their only goal and then to control the Gaza government. For Israel, surrounded by terrorists in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, their thinking is truly one of self preservation and rightly so. Far off but yet close is Iran, which is providing the weapons to the groups vowing Israel's destruction. Iran would love if Israel ceased to exist. In this context, it is easy to see why Israeli positions in the peace talks with Gaza are non-negotiable.

Both Jordan and Saudi Arabia consider Israel more of a friend now. This was not the case decades ago. They realize that Israel is benign unless threatened and attacked. This is similar to America. If either occurs, you can be sure the use of military power will come into play. But what should Israel do now?

Israeli airpower has been trying to destroy the hidden missile sites and stockpiles inside Gaza. These sites are hidden in and near innocent Palestinian homes and businesses. A common tactic to make sure there is collateral damage when Israeli artillery or airstrikes attack. The more collateral damage caused, the more Hamas will claim Israeli brutality to incite locals. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. In order to really destroy the sites, the Israel army must enter Gaza again and conduct urban warfare, something no army wants to do. Doing so, will only cause even more mayhem and destruction. It will create more hatred for the Israeli.

The only real solution is for the Gaza government to somehow destroy Hamas or their ability to use rockets. This would mean that it would be a Palestinian against Palestinian battle, something most unlikely to happen. Hamas would be too much to handle and could actually take control of the government that must tolerate Hamas. Not all Palestinians like Hamas.

Given the choice, Israel could do nothing also. Just continue intercepting missiles tossed over by Hamas until they run out or stop wasting their time. But, that would make their people feel vulnerable and it is not what the government would want. So, it seems Israel has to continue in what they are doing and maybe re-enter Gaza to do what they always do. If Iran would stop supplying missiles to Hamas, this would help too.

It's not just a Palestinian-Israeli issue.

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lions44 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

As always, great points.

I have yet to hear anyone in the news media (except for Fox News) mention that missiles are being supplied to Hamas by Iran. I watched Wolf Blitzer twice yesterday and did not hear a thing. Did I miss it? Where's the outrage? Put an arms embargo on Hamas and this conflict is not happening. Palestinian lives can be saved. No one in the "international community" (i.e. the U.N.) ever talks about this issue. Voted up.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

It is part of Israel's Final Solution. It would not make any difference politically if insurgents in Gaza had no rockets to fi..re. Israel would still bulldoze thier homes and still bmb them with white phosphorus illegally. The blockade would still be in effect controlling how far out fisherman go to earn a living, controlling movement of building materials and candy into Gaza, patrolling by land air and sea 24/7, not allowing Gazans to even leave by closing the border crossing to Egypt. So, nothing would change if rocket fi..re ended. Israel would not end the occupation, not come to peace talks, so ro..ckets are the only weapons Gazans have and those are not come out of smuggled parts.They are homemade.People need Hamas to fight for their cause of freedom. No one wants to be a sitting duck and a coward so they fi.re rockets. It is a homegrown, homemade self defense, not the advanced ar/sen/al and weap/ons Israel has.

It is really Israeli which do forbidden actions, Can you justify what happened today in Shujai'iya neighbourhood??I think it s time to open eyes and take a stand in solidarity with Gaza.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

I do not think the facts truly support everything you say. Israeli is not interested in occupying Gaza. What would the US do if terrorists fired rockets across our border? Hamas is the problem.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

It really comes down to profound ra..cism and an ideology that justifies it.

Read more about the early history of Zionism and you will understand what I mean.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Zionism like nazism is obsolete. To think it as a final solution is pretty profound. Hamas is the cause.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

If Hamas is the cause,they must chase and hunt them ,not civilians.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Just what is the IDF suppose to do when Hamas hides their rockets inside or near residential areas, in mosques, schools etc. The Palestinians should fight them also.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

They hide nothing inside or near..That's Israeli propaganda.If that s true,why cant they allow international invistigator to get in Gaza.All the buildings they tumbled down were Zero military bases.The truth, like the sun from behind a cloud, is gradually emerging. As the Palestinian proverb says, you can't hide the mid-day sun with a sieve.

Peace.

James


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Sorry, don't buy it. The NVA\VC did this in Vietnam all the time for the same reason. It is an age old guerrilla war tactic. Don't be so naive.


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Here you need to ask the question . Is Hamas not a legitimate Palestinian organisation, with enough grassroots support that it won a major parliamentary election in Gaza back in 2006? I have known, and I still know, many Palestinians who do not like Hamas, disagree with their ideology, and oppose their ways. But these Palestinians of diverse political opinions are as much part of the Palestinian resistance to occupation and theft of their homeland as Hamas is.

Ps.Don't believe BBC, ABC, or CNN because in one particularly nefarious example, Diane Sawyer of ABC showed a picture of Palestinians enduring Israeli bm.b.ing but told her American audience these were the pictures of Israelis under ATK by Hamas roc..kets.To reduce the entirety of Palestine, the rich and diversified tapestry of Palestinian resistance, to Hamas, then dem..onise Hamas. The strategy works only in USA but not in the rest of the world.Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Peace,

James

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