> Gaza is not a homeland or country, in fact, it reflects, in a sad irony, the Warsaw Ghetto more than a distinct society.
I wasn't aware that the Warsaw Ghetto was the largest recipient (per capita) of international aid, that the nazis had accepted peace and co-existence, or that there were mortars fired from the Ghetto into Warsaw let alone buses and markets blown up.
MeOhMy> I have often heard from people that Israel NEEDS to show aggressive force and military decisiveness in order to survive as a nation....
This is a false argument in my opinion. It is based upon a short-term strategy.
You are right. It is a false argument. This is not Israel's strategy.
Israel has been open to just about every peace solution that has been proposed over nearly a century.
MeOhMy> As hostilities grow, and political structures in the region and internationally fail to present a viable opposition (not necessarily militarily) to Israel, we see the rise of "terrorist" groups, resistance groups, freedom fighters, militant organizations, etc. whatever you want to call them. This becomes the seemingly ONLY outlet to challenge the status quo.
Horribly convoluted. Look at Hamas. They rose to infamy with their first suicide bombing in 1994. Not "resisting" the Israeli "occupation", but the Oslo peace process which began the year before. There is another "outlet", alternative. The problem is that the terrorists (supported by at least 1/3rd of the population) reject the peace process (because it can't get what they want, which is not compromise).
MeOhMy> Terrorism arises where injustice and oppression are dominant. Oppression is the condition in which terrorism seemingly becomes the only option.
FAIL. Terrorism has never successfully manifested where "injustice" and "oppression" are greatest. It shows up primarily in democracies: London, Madrid, NY, Bali, Tel Aviv, Rome, Vienna, etc.
MeOhMy> This is why there are suicide attacks in Israel, and rockets fired from Palestinian territories, because the people are driven to such a stage of desperation, that they see no other way.
FAIL. As Samer has previously boasted, amongst the suicide bombers' ranks are doctors and lawyers. Two were the sons of millionaires. According to PCPSR polls, the poor and uneducated are less likely to support terrorism than the wealthy and educated Palestinian Arabs.
MeOhMy> the world ignores their plight, and gives nothing but full support to the Israeli state (not to be confused with the Israeli people), this desperation grows
Israel is a democracy, there is no distinction between the state and its people.
No conflict has received as much of the world's attention as this one. As noted above, the PA territories were the largest (per capita) recipients of international assistance. In 2000, the territories were in a 3 year economic recovery. All ruined by the violence and terrorism known as the intifada. Terrorism causes poverty and misery, not vice versa.
MeOhMy> After a suicide bombing, Israel commonly bulldozes the home (sometimes with the families still inside) of the family of the bomber. Does this prevent terror or exacerbate the conditions that give rise to terror? This only serves to increase recruitment into radical groups.
The parenthetial comment is total bunk. Where do you get your info?
You fail to make a comparison. You simply assume that if one variable were changed the results would move in the direction you hypothesize. There are plenty of historical examples, but we need look no further back than 2005. If only Israel withdrew from Gaza, some opined, terrorism would end. Yet the unilateral Israeli withdrawl was perceived as a terrorist "victory" and strengthened them. Remember, at the time the PA/Fata was in power and there was lots of international assistance. Then Hamas won parliamentary elections and later they siezed complete power in a violent coup. Terrorism vastly INcreased. The siege followed. In the world of science, the model is adjusted to fit the data. You either aren't aware of the data or worse you are inventing "data" based on the model.
MeOhMy> cuts off the water and food supply
Israel has not done so. Again, how can you be so misinformed?
MeOhMy> Israel has been able to do what it has done, in a horrific irony, treating the Palestinians much to the same degree as Jews were treated under Nazi Germany in the early years of the Third Reich
Completely obscene (see also: Godwin's Law). First, thankfully, there weren't anything other than "the early years of the Third Reich". What the nazis are known for is their attempted genocide of the Jews. During the Final Solution, as many as 10,000 people were exterminated every day.
MeOhMy> Once Judea became a liability to the Romans, in terms of strategic liability and financially, Rome turned its back, and very quickly, Judea was gone.
I hate to say it, but you are as weak on history as you are current events.
MeOhMy> If the Palestinians employed the same tactic as Gandhi did in India, that of non-violent resistance
Perhaps rather than "resist" they should just make peace.
Instead of seeking to destroy Israel, they should try to build Arab Palestine.
MeOhMy> Israel had been planning Operation Cast Lead in June of 2008, according to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, at the same time that Israel was publicly negotiating a ceasefire with Hamas. The rocket fire provided the pretext to act on plans already underway.
It's called a contingency. It may shock you, but the US has plans on how to invade Canada. If Al Qaida began shelling the US from Canada and the Canadian government did nothing to stop them (or if Al Qaida become the Canadian government), you'll find out exactly what that contingency plan is. Would you likewise say that Al Qaida's shelling of the US was a "pretext" to launch an existing operation?
MeOhMy> stop committing crimes against humanity in using internationally banned chemical weapons in Gaza, such as with the current conflict using white phosphoroushttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7823078.stm
|| [HRW] acknowledged the weapons appeared to have been used legally to make smoke screens to hide troop movementshttp://www.metronews.ca/calgary/world/article/166342
|| Red Cross says Israel's use of white phosphorus not illegal
MeOhMy> Israel must become a humane state, and this goes for the way it treats its own citizens as well, who, under the militarized police state Israel has over its own territory, cannot be said to live in a free, democratic society as we in the Western world understand it.
Militarized police state? Man, if you ever go to Israel, you're in for the shock of your life.
Arabs in Israel are full citizens with equal protection under the law. They, including women, vote. They not only serve in the Knesset (parliament) but as ministers. They serve in the foreign office, including as ambassadors. They serve in the Judiciary, including on the Supreme Court (a court in which any Arab citizen can sue his government, live to tell about it, and win or lose only based on the legal merits of the case). Israeli Arabs even serve in the IDF, attaining ranks as high as Generals.