The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil,
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By: Victoria Buch
May 22, 2007
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the current events is the disconnect from reality of the Israeli public, educated people included. We had a ceasefire with Hamas, which worked reasonably well. The ceasefire was deliberately broken by the Israeli leadership.
So now rockets are flying and the only Israeli authorities` response is the well known military principle `whatever does not work by force, works by more force`. The public protest `What for did they break the ceasefire?` is not in evidence.
Any sensible person understands that the only way to stop Qassams is to negotiate with the Hamas leaders. And that in contrast to the Israeli Army, Hamas can minimize the Qassams. Moreover until recently, the Hamas government officials wanted to negotiate - see, e.g.
An example of Israeli resonse can be found in adjacent article: `Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, said: `It is our obligation to harm the rocket launchers and our obligation is to continue to harm Hamas.`
Even educated people in Israel seem unable to grasp that the escalating violence is an outcome of the policies of their own government and army. The violence gives the army leaders an opportunity for `action` without which they may sink to oblivion. The violence is used as a cover for the colonization of West Bank. But why don`t thoughtful Israeli people protest? Their own sons are used as pawns in military games and as settler security. Their own safety and future is endangered. It is not only me who says so. Four ex-heads of the Israel General Security said in 2003 that the current policies, of the strangulation of Palestinian society together with settlement expansion, brings Israel to a brink of an abyss, into existential danger. Did anybody listen??
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