Who’s afraid of the wind of change?

Peace was closer earlier this morning:
The rival Hamas and Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognizing Israel, a top Palestinian official said Tuesday after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling international aid sanctions.”
and then, in the afternoon, all hell broke loose:
Israeli troops crossed the border into southern Gaza early Wednesday in a campaign meant to secure the return of a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants over the weekend, the Israeli military said.

I find it extremely fishy that in the news of potential peace, Israelis make such a major attack. Many no-names have been kidnapped or killed in the past, with much smaller concequences. If I was a political analyzer (I am not), I would say that the Israeli goverment wants the war to continue for some peculiar reason…

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Thom Holwerda wrote on June 28th, 2006 at 8:41 AM PST:

Eugenia, I told you before that Israel has no interest in peace. If the war stops, American interest in supplying Israel with weaponry and financial aid (Israel receives more aid from the US than the Carribean and Africa put together) will diminish.

Other than that, as long as Palestinian extremist dicks keep on killing innocent Israeli’s, Israel will always have the support of the west. If Israel makes true peace, these acts of terrorism will fade away (not completely though, as some extremists truely want Israel off the map), leading to less support from the west for Israel.

Palestine don’t have no choice; they’re only way to stability is through peace. Too bad those extremist motherfcukers are so damn stupid.

mikesum32 wrote on June 29th, 2006 at 8:59 AM PST:

I find it rather disgusting that you refer to this person as a “no-name”

Would you be so cold if this “no-name” was someone you knew?

Israel can’t just give up, they have to fight back against any and all kidnappings or murders.

Not that I blindly trust Israel.

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Eugenia wrote on June 29th, 2006 at 9:11 AM PST:

>Would you be so cold if this “no-name” was someone you knew?

Even if it was my own brother he would be a no-name for the SPECIFIC situation. This guy, was a soldier. Soldiers know the risks they are involved in. And in the past, other soldiers were kidnapped or killed, but such a furious reply by the Israelis AT THE SAME DAY that peace was so close, NEVER happened before.

THIS is why I called the person a “no name” (meaning, “just a soldier”). IF Israel/Palestine was already in peace and such a kidnapping was taking place, then I would NOT call him as such, because indeed, in times of peace you don’t expect such kidnappings out of the blue.

First, you have to evaluate the situation. And the situation is this: PEACE was close. And Israel fucked it up over a single soldier.

I am sorry, but this is a fucked up priority for a governent. And yes, if I was an Israeli or a Palestinian, I would still prefer PEACE than the rescue of a single soldier. EVEN if that soldier happened to be my own brother or my father.

Someone has to take the hard decision. And the hard & right decision for Israel was to go into negotiating for his release rather than full scale war AT THE SAME DAY that peace was so close.

Luis Lima wrote on June 29th, 2006 at 11:09 AM PST:

It’s always been a land grab.

Hugo wrote on June 30th, 2006 at 12:34 PM PST:

Attacking another country territory and kidnapping their soldiers in more than enough for a casus belli

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