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Rocket Attacks Endanger Gaza Cease-Fire

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Posted on Nov 26, 2006

Israeli and Palestinian forces had agreed to an unexpected cease-fire on Saturday, but rocket attacks launched by Palestinian militant groups early Sunday have threatened the fragile peace.

Reuters via Yahoo!:

The truce, which has raised the possibility that moribund Middle East peacemaking could be revived, is designed to end rocket attacks and halt a crushing Israeli army offensive.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the cease-fire may lead to “real negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians. He also said Israel will “show restraint” in coming days over the cease-fire violations.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate, ordered his security forces to ensure the cease-fire held, but it was unclear whether they would use force to prevent rocket fire.

  • Israel and Palestinians Agree to a Cease-Fire in the Gaza Strip (New York Times)

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    By dick smith, November 27, 2006 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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    Some Muslims want to kill all Jews and some Jews want to kill all Muslims. Peace there is impossible. The USA, in it’s best interest, should immediately announce no more aid to either party and let them continue to fight it out. We should have done this 60 years ago when it was recomended by many experts.

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    By Rod, November 27, 2006 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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    All Israel has to do to end the cycle is to get out of the West Bank and return the Golan to Syria. Stop the violations of the Geneva Conventions, UN Resolutions, etc. Israel wants the land but not the people and their policy since 1948 has been exactly that.  Permit the Palistinians to have a country of their own without Israeli interfearence and control. Israel is practicing aparthied at best, ethinic cleansing at worst, and doing so with our money, guns and, now, blood.  Stop coloinizing conqured land. Stop stealing their water.  Stop walling off more Arab land.  9/11 happened because of all the injustices that Israel has been practicing on these people since its birth.  For a country that constantly reminds the world of the Holocaust, it is obscene how callously they treat the Palistinians.  AIPAC and the Neocons have got the US goverment by the short hairs but they won’t get my kid.

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    By onepeople, November 26, 2006 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment
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    It is unfortunate that “the Lobby” trawls the Internet spreading propaganda about Hamas and the Palestinians. It’s hard to blame the Palestinians for a lack of peace when you simply look at who’s getting killed and injured.  Thousands of Palestinians endure horrible suffering at Israel’s hands. The illegal settlements have continued with the support of every single Israeli government, and therefore it’s useful for the Israel lobby to put the focus on terrorism, that “they” don’t want peace, when it’s the Israelis that are killing, maiming, and rolling over innocents with bulldozers. 

    The cycle will end when Israel stops the settlements, moves the settlers out, gets out of Gaza, and withdraws to the pre-67 borders. A Growing number of soldiers are saying NO to the occupation. 

    The Israel Lobby controls both parties and both houses of the US Congress as well as the presidency - Rummy was the best friend the neocons ever had—but what do they have to show?  Israel is a Semitic country in a Semitic region, and it’s time to get to know the neighbors.

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    By WCG, November 26, 2006 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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    Palestinian militants have no interest in peace. It’s not to their advantage (and it’s not to the advantage of their backers). So they’ll continue to attack Israeli civilians until they provoke a response - preferably a response resulting in Palestinian civilian deaths. For extremists, the more innocent deaths - on both sides - the better.

    How can this cycle end? Only if a large majority of Palestinians reject the hardliners, and the government becomes strong enough to take on the militants. But the militants know this, which is one of the reasons it pays to keep civilian deaths high. You can’t have peace unless people on both sides want it.

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