Far be it for me, hardly an expert on the Middle East, to offer thoughts on this decades old conflict. But am I missing something here?
Didn’t Hamas begin this conflict by lobbing missiles on Israel? Didn’t it do so with NO possible realistic goal to destroy Israel or have it submit to Hamas’ dictates? Didn’t Israel agree to a Egyptian-brokered cease fire while Hamas did not?
If I have my history correct, Israel withdrew its settlements from Gaza in 2005. Wasn’t that supposed to open the doors to a Palestinian renaissance, without those hated Zionists controlling your lives? Settlements, settlements, settlements. Israel must remove them or there will never be peace in Palestine. OK. Now what?
Israel is the evil empire, isn’t it? Hamas knew Israel would not tolerate missile attacks. Hamas set you up to take the hit for their political/religious agenda. Israel has repeatedly warned you to leave targeted locations. Could you envision Hamas doing likewise to Israelis?
Hamas uses you as human shields, hides weapons in mosques etc. etc. So what is the answer? Gazans…..isn’t it time to reject your jihadist leaders who seeks your destruction in order to gain international support? Your life has no meaning to them. Is that a surprise? And finally– how’s your life been under Hamas? Has that been “workin for ya?”
So I apologize for offering such a simplistic, perhaps naive recommendation for your lives. Of course having your own Palestinian state would be great for you. Being recognized among the world of nations would be ideal. Having economic opportunities, free from fear is every human being’s goal. But you aren’t anywhere close to that, are you? Hmmm. Any other ideas?