Tweet A Timeline of the Current Crisis-War (Reuters)
June 19 - A truce begins between Hamas and Israel. It calls for Hamas to stop cross-border rocket fire and for Israel to gradually ease its embargo on Gaza.
Aug 2 - Factional fighting kills three Hamas policemen and six pro-Fatah gunmen in the Gaza Strip in the worst fighting since June 2007.
Nov. 5 - Hamas fires dozens of rockets at Israel after Israeli forces kill six Palestinian militants in an eruption of violence that has disrupted the four-month-old truce.
Dec. 14 - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is quoted as saying the group will not renew the six-month-old truce with Israel.
Dec. 18 - Hamas Islamists declare the end of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel which expires the next day with a surge of cross-border fighting.
Dec. 24 - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip ratchet up rocket fire towards Israel.
Dec. 27 - Israel launches air strikes on Gaza in response to almost daily rocket and mortar fire that intensified after Hamas ended the six-month ceasefire.
Dec. 28/29 - Israel steps up air strikes and at least 307 Palestinians are killed, including about 180 Hamas security officers. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency says at least 51 of the Gaza dead are civilians.
-- Israel declares areas around the Gaza Strip a "closed military zone".
-- Palestinian militants fire rockets deeper into southern Israel. Two Israelis have been killed since Dec. 27
Mexico Fires On The United States - A Dramatization
Imagine if you will that along the Texas border of the United States and Mexico a group that was bent on the destruction of this country began to lob missiles 5, 10, 15 or even 25 miles deep into Texas, with no consideration or thought of who these missiles might hit or kill. This after small cross-border skirmishes had taken place.
In fact, this indiscriminate firing was most likely intended to kill innocent civilians because they just don't think that we have the right or authority to be living there.
What would our response be? What Should Our Response Be?
Should we turn the other cheek, or protect our civilians and sovereignty by targeting the group with the goal of our destruction? Replace the United States and Mexico with any pair of countries around the world that share a common border and you will come to the same conclusion.
Israel Does Not Get This Same Prerogative?
Due to the fact that a worldwide bias against Israel exists, one that tends to be overt at times and disguised at others, other countries do not believe that it should be afforded the same right of self defense and protection for its' citizens.
Because there is a large disparity in the ability of these two to wage war, Israel is portrayed as the big bully using an inappropriate level of force against a vastly inferior foe. This is how it is reported and is therefore the way that it is perceived. Little coverage goes to the 10 or 15 missiles or more a day fired at Israel, only the response.
This is the goal of an organization like Hamas, that uses the citizens of Gaza as human shields and is inviting collateral damage on its' people. Provoking a war that they cannot win generates the protests in the streets around the world that condemn Israel and the United States. This is the goal and so far Hamas has been successful.
The governments around the world are more than ready to condemn Israel as they always have been, ignoring the fact that Israel does not invite or provoke these conflicts, but is well prepared to end them. Take a step back world leaders, and imagine your response to the same situation.
Put your bias aside and deal with the facts as they stand. Hamas as the provocateur and Israel as the defender of its people and sovereignty.
Israel targets military targets (although there is unfortunately some collateral damage), while Hamas targets civilians specifically.
We All Have The Right And The Need To Protect Ourselves. The World Needs To Stop Looking At The Situation Through Bias Tainted Goggles!!!
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