While I agree that Israel is totally within their rights and I actually think they should be commended for their restraint since they could easily wipe out the agressors the irony pointed out in this article is not surprising..
"No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Says Man Who Regularly Bombs Pakistan and Yemen
Mike Riggs|Nov. 19, 2012 1:43 pm
Speaking in Thailand Sunday, President Obama defended Israel's counter-assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip by saying, "There's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” More from MSNBC:"Let's understand what the precipitating event here that's causing the current crisis and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated, and there's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Obama said at press conference in Thailand at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia.That is a very interesting thing to say at a time when the U.S. is regularly raining missiles down on Pakistan and Yemen.
“So we are fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians."
"Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory."
Let Israel destroy Hamas by any means possible. Hamas is a band of cowards
like the Iranian supporters!
Frankly, let Gaza continue. Much of the West Bank should be Israel, not some unattached part of another country. If those on the West Bank want to move to Gaza- fine. An area adjacent to Jordan should be part of Jordan.
Israel, as configured in the U.N plan was obviously a stupid plan.
Again i reject the notion that there are any meaningful parallel's between the modern day Palestinians and pre-WWII Jews. Furthermore since i am better versed on modern day Palestinians than pre-WWII Jews, if i could be convinced there were significant, meaningful parallel's, i would be reevaluating my position on pre-WWII Jews, not modern day Palestinians.
So long as the Palestinian narrative remains "Israel should never have existed and must be destroyed," so long as their well-meaning foreign defenders continue to blame Israel rather than pressure the Palestinians to stop firing rockets at Israeli civilians, there is and will be no hope for peace. Ever.
When the day comes that the Palestinians stop being rewarded for terrorism, there will be the glimmer of a hope that they will abandon it. When that happens, peace will be at hand.
1) There was no "used to be Palestine" any more than you can say "Nebraska was formed on what used to be the Great Plains". "Palestine" was a geographic descriptor, not a nation or functional state. 87% of that geographic region is now known as "Jordan"
2) Jews have lived in that region for thousands of years - their nation was the last independent state in that area - and to the extent that many jews moved there in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they did so legally and by purchasing land, often at exorbitant prices, to live there. There was no invasion or theft of land.
3) In the 1920s, Arabs assaulted Jews, massacred them. In the 1930s and 40s, they sided with the Nazis and convinced the British to limit Jewish immigration.
4) Nevertheless, in 1948, the Jews accepted the partition plan proposed by the UN, which would have created a small Jewish state on territory in which the Jews were the majority, more than 50% of the area of which would have been made up of the Negev dessert.
5) The Arabs refused Partition, announced their intention to slaughter the Jews and prevent the creation of any Jewish state, and proceeded to attempt to do so.
6) They lost.
7) They then kept the refugees from that war from rebuilding their lives, using them as a weapon.
8) Between 1948 and June 67, Israel controlled exactly no part of Gaza or the West Bank. There was no movement for a Palestinian state in those territories. On the contrary, the Palestinians expressly disclaimed any interest in such a state, and only had eyes for one thing - the obliteration of Israel.
9) After the 6 Day War - when the Arabs tried again, lost again, and lost more land as a result - Israel was ready to engage in peace negotiations. The arabs responded with the Khartoum Declaration.
7) Palestinians under Israeli rule had the highest living standard in the Middle East, and the most political freedom.
8) Hamas not only targets Israeli civilians, it brags about doing so. Check out the Qassam Brigades' twitter feed, as they celebrate rocket launches aimed at civilian cities.
9) They fire those missiles from within Gaza's civilian population. Check, say, John Donnison's twitter feed, which will sporadically report the fire of missiles from within Gaza City.
10) The end result of those latter two points is that Israel must strike at Hamas military targets - and that when it does, civilian death is inevitable.
11) That said, Israel has done a more than admirable job of limiting civilian death. Roughly a third of the dead in this go round are civilians. While any civilian death is tragic, simple comparison of that result to the average civilian casualty count in wars since 1950 - 91% - provides a stark demonstration of how well Israel is doing in minimizing civilian casualties to the extent possible.