According to both history and the Bible, Israelis were former slaves. They travel from place to places and they do not even own a land nor are they a formal country having the basics of sovereignty. However due to the Bible heritage and always being thrown out of their settlement the Jewish people have the highest yearning to have their own land and territory.
The modern state of Israel has its roots in the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael), a concept central to Judaism since ancient times, and the heartland of the ancient Kingdom of Judah to which modern Jews are usually attributed. After World War I, the League of Nations approved the British Mandate of Palestine with the intent of creating a "national home for the Jewish people." In 1947, the United Nations approved the partition of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. On May 14, 1948 the state of Israel declared independence and this was followed by a war with the surrounding Arab states, which refused to accept the plan. The Israelis were subsequently victorious in a series of wars confirming their independence and expanding the borders of the Jewish state beyond those in the UN Partition Plan. Since then, Israel has been in conflict with many of the neighboring Arab countries, resulting in several major wars and decades of violence that continue to this day.
The conflict which started in December 2008 can be considered as the deadliest in modern times. Palestine in conventional warfare has no chance of winning against a highly superior Israel military which was heavily funded by the United States. The Israeli army is the most experienced military in the world and used high tech weaponry that is comparable to the United States.
On the other hand, the recent Hamas attacks had only caused deaths to less than a hundred or even less than 50 casualties although I am not condoning these attacks since they target random places and has also the potential harm on civilians. However, should these attacks result to the death of more than 700 people and about 60% of them civilians including a majority of women and children?
When will the fighting stop? The fighting will not end unless both parties agrees to live peacefully with each other and respect their religious differences. Although the Hamas and Arab ideology lies on the fact that they were driven out of their territory by the massive immigration of Jews which resulted in them being the minorities in their own country. Seems to be the very similar foundation of what the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao, Philippines and of other liberation movements in various parts of the world.
It seems that Israel will not stop unless Hamas is totally eliminated. However, there is a fact that for every mother or father or child or woman killed a new anger is brewed and a new set of resistance is born. The conflict will never end for it just continues in a perfect cycle of violence.
I think it is time to really talk on the matter seriously. To have Israel, Palestine and Hamas settle the issue and learn to be human enough to accept their fault and to concede on some areas and then cease on using violence to resolve conflict.
Impossible? For most it is but for me I still believe in this possibility.
Here are some of the victims of this useless war. WARNING MATURE CONTENT AND MAY BE OFFENSIVE FOR SOME PLEASE PROCEED ONLY AT YOUR OWN RISK. Images courtesy of ZIMBIO Interactive Magazine.
Two girls who were killed in an air attack on Beit Hanoun in the
northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday. Local sources report that a missile
destroyed a house belonging to Talal Hamdan in Beit Hanoun,
killing his two daughters of 12 and 4 years old.
Palestinians carry the body of 4-year-old Lama Hamdan
during her funeral in the town of Beit Hanoun in the
northern Gaza Strip December 30, 2008.
Palestinians mourn beside the bodies of three children
in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip December 29, 2008.
Boy who received medical treatment following an IDF air strike.
(Yahoo photo news source)
Palestinian women mourn over the bodies of three Palestinian
children from the Balosha family, before their burial at
Kamal Edwan hopsital in Beit Lahiya, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
Samera Baalusha (34) carries her surving child Mohamad (15 months)
while she waits to see the body of her daughter Jawaher Baalusha
(aged 4) during the funeral held for her and four of her sisters who were
killed in an Israeli strike, on December 29, 2008 in the Jebaliya refugee camp.
This photo was published by a Norweigian newspaper today.I can't speak Norweigian, but you can link here to the
newspaper that published this photo.
A wounded Palestinian boy is carried by his father at a hospital
in Gaza City following an Israeli air strike
A Palestinian security force officer carries a
wounded girl into the emergency room at
Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008.
A wounded Palestinian boy is carried by his father following
an Israel air strike in Gaza December 28, 2008.
A Palestinian man carries his wounded child to the treatment
room of Kamal Edwan hospital following an Israeli missile strike
in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.
Two children killed in an Israeli air strike.
A dead Palestinian child is taken for burial (Yahoo photo news)
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