Inside the Middle East
December 29, 2008
Posted: 1737 GMT


GAZA CITY (CNN) - Israel allowed dozens of trucks carrying relief aid into Gaza on Monday, but the United Nations said the aid will not be enough to alleviate a worsening humanitarian situation as Israel's military assault on Gaza enters its third day.

Israeli military sources said 50 trucks carrying humanitarian aid crossed into Gaza on Monday through the Kerem Shalom border crossing and more are expected to cross later in the day.

"We had about 40 trucks yesterday, we hope [to have] about 100 today," said Karen AbuZayd, the commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

"But we need a lot more than that because we were completely out of stock," she told CNN on Monday.

She called on Israel to open more border crossings to humanitarian aid.

Israel says its military is targeting the Islamic militants that rule Hamas and are responsible for ongoing rocket attacks on southern Israel. The Israeli military says it is taking precautions to avoid civilian casualties.

At least 62 civilians in Gaza are among the more than 300 people killed in three days of Israeli airstrikes, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said Monday.

Iyad Nasr, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said Israeli sanctions had left Gaza's hospitals "almost incapable of functioning" even before the attacks, and those facilities are now "bleeding every resource available."

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Nona   December 29th, 2008 5:49 pm ET

Hamas endlessly lobs rockets at Israel day after day after day in hopes of killing Israeli citizens, and Gaza’s citizens applaud. The Palestinian help hide the rockets in their homes and businesses and schools, endangering their own children. But when Israel reacts to defend itself, these same Palestinians whine and cry like sniveling kindergarteners. Here’s a tip for the Gazans: if you don’t want a more powerful neighbor to react with all its force, don’t shoot rockets at its citizens. It doesn’t take the mind of a rocket scientist to figure it out.

Elaine   December 29th, 2008 5:55 pm ET

I am extremely disappointed with the lack of objective reporting on the latest crisis in the Middle East. CNN's pictures of injured women and children are meant to sway public opinion against Israel. Its emphasis on small demonstrations by Palestinians living outside of the Middle East is nothing short of ridiculous. It is amazing how little attention CNN pays to Hamas' attacks against Israel, its inhumane treatment, torture, and murder of Israeli soldiers, as well as Israeli women and children injured and killed in unprovoked Palestinian attacks against Israel, repeated Palestinian violations of both treaties and ceasefire agreements, and the lack of CNN emphasis on the fact that Hamas plants its leaders among the "innocent women and children" in their homes, hospitals, mosques, and other places where any attack will inevitably result in maximum horror for the women and children the Hamas claims to so value. CNN fails to recount that Hamas has sworn to the complete destruction of Israel to the last man, woman, and child. CNN fails to even present the history of the conflict beginning with the British White Paper and the fact that Israel has always agreed to UN demands, and no amount of conciliation has ever been enough to bring peace to the Hamas and those Palestinians who hold to an "All or Nothing" policy. It is interesting that in spite of CNN's influence, the US government has always supported Israel because it is the ONLY DEMOCRACY in that part of the world and has always supported the U.S.

Youmna   December 29th, 2008 6:12 pm ET

Gazans has been living in a blocade for months because Israel was forbidding any food or fuel to reach Palestinians hands.

It's immoral to conduct a war against palestinian children and civilians taking away their lives. this is barbaric. the numbers of dead and injured between two sides speak of themselves.

A BIG shame on all Leaders of Arab countries mainly Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Gabriel Mizrahi   December 29th, 2008 6:14 pm ET

As an Israeli my heart goes out to all the children cought up in this,
The people in gaza have a goverment that picks fight. I wish the news would cover how israel warn hamaz to stop the rockets attachs days before the war started, even on the eve of the war, the goverment said " we are on the verge to respone and it should stop" nobody in the arab world remebers that

Robert Garel   December 29th, 2008 6:14 pm ET

I think we need to eliminate the bombs,airplanes rockets and all weopens for either side. Both of these people need to realize the futility of these weopens. Neither of these people are going to prevail nor survive as long as these weopens are employed.

Tausif Bashir   December 29th, 2008 6:14 pm ET

Why is the US such a hypocrite when it comes to Israel. Palestinines had to make holes and flee to Egypt because they had no food. Thats the condition in which the Palestinines live.What do you expect young children who have lost their friends and parents to grow up to be?These actions of Israel are the origin of Terrorism all over the world and one easy solution is that suggested by the President of Iran.

Gabriel Mizrahi   December 29th, 2008 6:19 pm ET

Remeber days before Israel attack, they stated more then a dozens times to stop the rockets, and that there are on the verge to respone

Shoaib Akhtar   December 29th, 2008 6:25 pm ET

Israel was routed by Hezbollah in 2006 so for Israels to think they are the most powerful country in the region is ignorance. A 'terrorist' organization can defeat them and Iran has even said that it would wipe israel off the map if it tried attacking Tehran.On the world map you cant even see Israel and now its wanting to take on the entire middle east?.Its the beginning of the end for Israel.Like the president of Iran said," Israel is so small, we dont even consider it in our foreign policy desicion and frankly no one should".

Ashfaq Musharaff   December 29th, 2008 6:31 pm ET

Your Powerful neighbour of Israel was routed by a damn terrorist organisation in September 2006 and for you to think you are the most powerful country in the region is stupid.Israel is pooking Muslims in the middle east and in the world and when they will rise and I assure you they will, Israel would wish it never existed

Saudi   December 29th, 2008 6:35 pm ET

Robert Garel

UK and USA are the resposibles for implanting irresposible Israeili nation in the Middle east by force. and not not welling or able to control it.

Beny   December 29th, 2008 7:04 pm ET

Robert Garel,

Nice vision, but if you want to go back to swords remember that at swords win the bigger numbers, and that Arabs are the biggest number after India and China. It's the people (and calling Hamas "people" is a compliment) and not the weapons that are the danger.


"Implanting Israeli nation in the middle east by force".

Dammit I like you guys. You have 57 Arab nations with a landmass 1000 times bigger than little Israel, and you're still upset because of one little Jew in the land he belongs.

What's more, you're not just upset- for more than 60 years all you do is try to drive that little Jew into the sea.
And that is the real problem: you won't stop until Israel is gone, but Israel ain't going anywhere.

Michelle   December 29th, 2008 7:17 pm ET

I support Israel.
I think that the Palestinians should understand that shooting 70 rockets a day at Israeli towns would lead to some reaction. Also – if Israel's intention was to harm citizens it could have done it easily and it would have taken less time and resources than to have its' air force target exact hammas facilities.
So many Israelis live in constant fear – children are too scared to play outside, every few minutes an alarm announces the shooting of another rocket and the people of western-south Israel are requested to get into a bomb shelter within 15 seconds.
I hope that soon the violence of both sides will end – but it only depends on hammas's decision – if they will stop the bombing, I am absolutely sure that Israel would be happy to stop the air force activity.
I wish us all peace & love.

Beny   December 29th, 2008 7:41 pm ET



amal allan   December 29th, 2008 7:47 pm ET

israel has every right to defend itself but come on killing over 300 people most of whom are innocent women and children is bit much the world needs to speak out against this slaughter one jew dead compared to hundreds of palestians why doesnt anyone speak up

Beny   December 29th, 2008 7:48 pm ET

From a friend:

Israel withdrew from Gaza, tearing Israeli families away from their homes, in order to promote the peace process.

Israel has had peace agreements with neighbors which used to be bloody enemies.

The Hammas has been, continually, bombarding Israeli towns. Not army bases. Missiles have fallen in homes, kindergartens, town centers, grocery stores. For the past eight years Israelis have been running to bomb shelters because of these missiles. And for many years before that, they were blowing up civilians in busses, shopping malls, bus stops.

When I was a kid, in the northern part of Israel, there were terrorist attacks on schools, homes and school buses.

I think there is a better way to live. Instead of bombing us, or blowing up busses, or threatening to finish off the state of Israel, or attempting to kill civilians in all those towns the missiles have been hitting for many years now.

Israel has proved it has a lot to offer. We are not going anywhere. But we can help you build a country.

M Ariely   December 29th, 2008 7:49 pm ET

UN could play a positive role in ending the conflict only by chnaging fundamentaly thier polictics

1;The UN should stop balaming Israel the defending democracy and human right champion despide non stop terror attackes

2:The UN should start dealing with ;
Middle East's Muslim autocracies and dictatorships, which discriminate against ethnic and religious minorities
Saudi Arabis gender apartheid
Jordan low of punishing by death the ones saling land to jew
Iran where more than 200 gays have been executed last year
Sudan where tens of thousends Cristians have been sold into slavery
Malezia ban of Yoga practising
The treat in the Pakistan tribe area to kill every girel attending education
The UN's obsession with demonizing Israel

2: Stop the activity of UNRWA
United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) seems a humanitarian group helping Palestinian refugees. In reality, it actually helps destroy the chance of Arab-Israeli peace, promotes terrorism, and holds Palestainians back from rebuilding their lives.
UNRWA: Refuge Of Rejectionism
Report on the Global Research in International Affairs

Unlikely that UN will change-
58 Muslim countries voting power is very inportand for UN birocrats job security
They will pass any anti Israeli resolution

Gary   December 29th, 2008 7:52 pm ET

What is it that some of you don't get? The Arab world does not want Israel to exist. Israel exited the Gaza Strip in an effort to secure peace. Hamas obviously won't let that happen. Muslims are a religion of terrorism, they teach their children to become suicide boomers. If history teaches us anything, religious wars never end.

Beny   December 29th, 2008 7:53 pm ET

Good night, and may tomorrow bring a Hamas-free dawn. Cause that's all we have left to hope for

Robert Garel   December 29th, 2008 8:05 pm ET

Israel and Palestine will discover the futility of these horrible weopens.

Its my own country I worry about. My own fellow Americans no longer have the ability to stop war.

Its the end everyone. We either join together all humanity or persish. The effort required is simply to enormous. Do you believe in something that you've never seen before?

Mankind must now move forward past war forever. Do acknowledge and do ordain.

Beny   December 29th, 2008 8:35 pm ET


Indeed, you speak true words. Humanity has too many external problems to face, and we cannot allow ourselves these wars.
As you said, "We either join together all humanity or perish". That is why am I so proud of my chosen profession.

That is the wisest notion spoken here today.

But that notion crumbles against the harsh reality of these parts. In a place where the only ideology is not "peace" but "Itbah al Yehud" (slaughter the Jews).

In a place where Hamas don't understand the word "peace" (only "kill" and "destroy") and even Israel, who wants peace most as a necessary for its survival and who has constantly done everything to achieve this goal- survival in peace. Even Israel is beginning to lose hope.

So yes- one must always look forward and strive for peace, but then again- one must always hold up his shield to defend against those beasts (like Hamas) who can't comprehend the simple logic behind your words.

Because, well, with all due respect for peace as a goal to strive for, what is it worth when we are all dead at the hands of some madmen?

sam   December 29th, 2008 8:36 pm ET

It has already affected the region since the Zionists began their campaign of mass destruction of Gaza and its people. Seeing the strikes on the people of Gaza makes it clear the Zionsits are not only in an all-out war with Hamas, but the people of Gaza. Barack Obama when the Taj hotel in Mumbai was attacks by terrorists in which a Rabai and his wife were killed in the attack was quick to condemn it, then issued his condolences to the Jews lobbysts(AIPAC) in the US and Israel as well. Now that Israel is murdering innocent civilians with illegal bombs in Gaza and starving them to death, Obama who is a full supporter of the Zaionist entity in Israel when he was asked to make a comment in return, he said no reaction. The UN passed a resolution to fighting piracy in the
waters of Somalia, but it cannot stop the mayhem in Gaza. The British and the US were calling for an intervention
in Zimbabwe to remove Mugabe from power, but they cannot intervene to the massacre in the occupied territories
in Palestine

gary   December 29th, 2008 9:37 pm ET

Hamas is not interested in or inclined to attempt peace. A quick glance at the Hamas Doctrine would make the most psuedo-intellectual lemming understand their entire exsistance is based on killing everybody who does not entirely accept their warped conception of their religion. Until they decide to make an attempt to be citizens of this world society they get what they deserve.

Debs   December 29th, 2008 9:55 pm ET


Why not hope for a peaceful dawn, for all Israelis and Palestinians??

Not having a go... :)

Sleep tight

Debs   December 29th, 2008 10:00 pm ET


I agree with alot of what you said. Thanks for bringing some important points

The only part I would disagre with is that Israel do have a right to defend against terorism. Not like this though. The reason why civilians are being killed is because they are using human sheilds. Yes I think Israel shouldnt bomb in light of the sheer risk to civilians.

mahmoud jboor   December 29th, 2008 10:16 pm ET

I am very sad for this unfair comments and contributions lacks the real facts on the ground !! one can compare abit of plastic rocekts with the hill of 1000 explosive bombs supported by US ....what is the balance b/w killing of 350 and killing one !! israel is not after stoping roeckts ....israel want to finish and wape the people who are against amisrable tiny state with no power no rights fact israel want to drive the remaining people outside their land towards JORDAN to make life more hard for all.!! summit suggested apeace plan since 2002 and until this day we heard nothing from israel thanks !! for the geoncide weopons contribution from USA !!!!!!!

Solomon   December 29th, 2008 10:51 pm ET


you dont even know how many Arab nation there keep saying 57can you name them? if you dont know the difference between an Arab and a Muslim is it a surprise that you call Military occupation .
a Jewish presence to protect Israel.

Sendyk B   December 29th, 2008 11:01 pm ET

Israel knows to attack and to make peace. I offer to the Hamas to pick the the second option because Israel is much more stronger and smarter. The hamas is a terrorst group but it has a dramatic oppurtunity to change it. If hamas will decide to recognize the State of Istrael and cease fire we'll have an option to make peace. If not Israel will protect her citizens, and stop the terroist attacks.

Outraged Jew   December 29th, 2008 11:58 pm ET

Israel has a dramatic opportunity to change and make peace, too!!

Peace must come from both sides, and since Israel is the 'Goliath' here–the mightier, if you will, Israel should be the one to take the lead.

There are way too many half truths and myths being perpetuated from all perspectives. It is way overdue to start from now and choose an alternative to war.

Brains not brawn!!

Thot   December 30th, 2008 12:20 am ET

I wonder what it will happen when Israel becomes isolated from the rest of the Middle East countries… and becomes lonelier on the support from the western countries?
I think the rest of the world; despite of all the talking and judgment, are afraid to take a big and affirmative step, which could, perhaps, make a changing difference..
I think this war has become, with years, more a game of interests and of fear then of rights.
Some wars last for so long that, the main purpose that initiated it was lost long time ago. And with time, all reasonability of it is also lost, that is, if any war can be considered reasonable.
Well, there is many years of hate... and hate, even if there is peace, won't go away easly.
It’s sad that the humankind doesn’t move as fast on making peace efforts as they do on making war.

Eman   December 30th, 2008 12:24 am ET

It still amazes me, even though I know it's nothing new, that the media in the US can be so one-sided. It's appalling to me that they don't use their journalistic and investigative skills to look at the root cause. It is right for Israel to only "defend" itself? Why is it not okay for Palestinians to defend themselves? And why haven't the Israel gov't said the truth about how many folks Hamas hasn't hurt with their retaliation?

Lets take a look at history and simplify it if we can. Lets say that you lived in a house a very very long time ago and it's been sold/given away and other generations have lived there. Other families doing just fine.

And they know you're going through a hard time and are saying, "Okay, you're having a hard time, you can come and stay with us for a little while if you like," and their response is, "We're not going to stay for a little while, we're going to stay and you can go live in the dog house in the backyard and you can only go ten feet out on each side of the dog house and nothing more. And if you move, we'll shoot you."

Human nature shows that when put between a rock and a hard place, you're going to want to fight back. If someone, for example, from NY was only allowed to go from 14th street to 42nd street and only 125th when the Mayor felt like it and no where else and searched all the time, have your lights and water cut off periodically, be treated like an animal, you'd want to lash out too.

Palestinians and other Arabs alike didn't just start bombing and fighting out of no where. This didn't just HAPPEN because of boredom or evilness or Islam. This didn't just happen for no reason. Palestinians are fighting the way the Jews fought to stay alive during the holocaust. The Israels are treating Palestinians the same way they were treated. Just as a child abused might grow up and abuse their children.

So Israel can defend itself and Palestine can't? I don't condone either side. There shouldn't be any fighting. But there is. I just want folks to see why. Its not one-sided. Its not the mighty innocent Israel taking out those bad Palestinians. It's a genocide and a Palestinian Holocaust. And for CNN and other news in the US to paint such a picture of Palestine and Israel is disgusting.

I don't agree with either side, but I understand why Hamas is doing what it is doing. Just ask yourself why its okay for Israel to defend itself but not okay for Hamas to do the same? As someone who has been there and seen first hand whats going on there, that the news here is so jaded that the American people are going to believe what they are told without having an option for other news.

Tell it like it is. For real and stop worrying about being PC.

And why should Americans care? Because its our tax dollars that are paying for the weapons that Israel is using. Earlier today when one of the news reporters asked that, I wanted to scream. Just disgusting journalism.

Eman   December 30th, 2008 12:47 am ET

And why does supporting Palestinians have to be stated as being Anti-Israel? Thats not the same thing. For one, it makes Palestinians look evil and two, makes anyone who supports them look evil. And neither are correct.

Debs   December 30th, 2008 2:09 am ET

Outraged Jew,

Thank you for your sensible comments


Outraged Jew   December 30th, 2008 2:53 am ET


I admire your stick-to-it ness with this extremely difficult dialog.

Thot has made a good comment here. The long run for these two disfunctional warring families is grim...VERY grim. Isolation is in the cards for Israel. I hope Obama cuts the funds. I don't want to spend any more of my taxes on this mess!

Hamas needs to stop the rockets, time after time has shown this tactic does not work! but they do have the right to resist the oppression.

Israel may think it will "win" in the short run, but the toll on generations to come will be horrific–on ALL sides

Time to break the destructive pattern of violence.

Abdul   December 30th, 2008 3:13 am ET


Israel is a coward force, not a powerful neighbor as you state. You are bragging about a force that has in its arsenal American made F16’s, Apache Helicopters, Tanks, and modern weapons used on defenseless people that are fighting the Israeli forces with home made rockets and AK 47's. You call that powerful? Your powerful force could not even defeat Hezbollah in Lebanon, so what power are you talking about? When it comes to Israel, it is ok for them to demolish houses, crops, schools, way of life, and occupy Arab lands, but if a Palestinian defends its home, then he/she is a terrorist and whines. The ones who are whining and crying are the Israelis from home made rockets.

By the way, the mighty Romans, Greeks, and all powers that came before us are all in ruins. Guess what, the powerful Israeli forces will suffer the same fate!

Yael   December 30th, 2008 3:17 am ET

It is sad to see how the Palestinias are being held captive in Hamas unreasonable war against Israel. And they're being held captive for such a long time, that they're loving Hamas and are even willing to die for them (And, of course, for the 72 virgins waiting in heaven... oh, what a noble cause to die for! ... not!).
The media worldwide- and that maybe Israel's biggest problem- is showing "Paliwood" (the Palestinian people's Holliwood) and make the Israeli army look like a fierce conquerer. That claim has been brought up against CNN in particular and the world's media in general. They show only the suffering of people whose leader brought it upon themselves. What about the suffering on the Israeli side? An entire region is under the constant threat of missiles, and we have kept quiet (silly us!) for 8 long years. Saturday was the day when Israel finally put its foot down and said: We don't want to live in fear anymore. We're putting an end to all terrorist attacks. "What doesn't go by using force, goes by using more force". We're sending a message to the world that Israel has a right to defende itself. The people in the UN can only resital "We condemned Israel's actions agains the Hamas". What about condemning Hamas's actions against the Palestinian people?
The Jewish people has a God-given right to be in Israel. The palestinias have 22 Arab countries to go to... oh, wait! they're not wanted there! Anywhere! Besides, they're taking adventage of the Democracy in Israel, and are trying to use it againt us. No more. Every member of the Kneset and the government states under oath his loyalty to the state of Israel, the Kneset and his rules. People like Achmed Tibbi and Muhamad Barakke are showing zero loyalty to the state of Israel, and for that must be forced to leave the Kneset.
I'll say it over and over again: We, the Jewish people, have the right to defense ourselves.

Here are some words by someone who surely explains it better than me:

Debs   December 30th, 2008 3:23 am ET

Outraged Jew.

I agree with you 100 percent.

Too many people are wanting to point the finger of blame.

Both Israelis and Palestinians have every right to existence. Maybe we should sit down and work out a two state solutiuon. Ha ha ha!

Good night and look forward to your continuing discussions

Shalom and happy Hannuka :)

Outraged Jew   December 30th, 2008 3:39 am ET

Not ha ha ha, I think it is seriously the only solution!

Laila Tov, Shalom and Salaam...please!!

Debs   December 30th, 2008 3:49 am ET

Have you robbed by sign off... :) ha ha ha

good to have a like minded person in this discussion!!!!! resume talk tomorrow.......

Salam and Shalom to all

NaSa   December 30th, 2008 5:23 am ET

not a single conflict is resolved by destruction of any side which has people supporting it. it is either separation or migration or cooperation(out of bound may seem). "bending to the knee" is impossible.
i was reading (revising) 'anne frank' just today. and it had an added part on 'concentration camps'. i realize Israel is now doing what was done to them then. it is Gaza where israeli elders can bring back there memory and sense(hopingly).
sorry for my english.

Sotticlia   December 30th, 2008 6:54 am ET

The only solution, as i see it, is to unite the people of that shared land. Unite them by having the Palestinians share in the governance of Isreal.
Give the Palestinians seats in the Knesset. ( Isrealies, calm down at that idea). Think about it for a bit. Both Isreali’s and Palestinians are not leaving the land they are born in. They both already share each others fate, why not share in governing it?

Give the Palestinians a few seats in the Knesset, not enough where they could ever take control of all of Isreal, but enough that they can have some influence.
They would eventually be wooed by even Isreali political parties when they could use the votes for whatever matter in exchange for favors. In those times when Palestinian votes could be deciding, their influence for change in their regions would take form.
As the quality of life improves for the Palestinians, anger, hate, will eventually fade.

In short , i am saying , make the Palestinian territories, provinces of a united Isreal.
Why does religion dictate that there should be a political border?

miriam   December 30th, 2008 9:44 am ET

I don't understand what you people think. Of course it would be wonderful if there was no need for weapons. When Israel tried non-military means to punish Hamas their rockets continued to fall on Israel. When Israel warned Hamas that she may have to retaliate, Hamas claimsd Israel was too scared. When Egypt, whom the Arab League had chosen to negotiate between Israel and Hamas, warned Hamas to stop firing rockets, Hamas ignored them.

You believe that Israel should now be punished. For what? Trying non-military solutions? Warning innocent Palestinians to expel the terrorists hiding themselves or weapons in their residential buildings? Supplying humanitarian aid to a people who voted in a leadership who declares it's aim is to eradicate Israel?

You wish for Israel to be isolated without a word about the terrorist groups and countries bent on Israel's destruction?If you knew anything about the history of the region going back thousands of years or anything about Israeli government and policy or if you even cared, your ideas would not be those you express here.

miriam   December 30th, 2008 12:29 pm ET

NaSa, there is absolutely no comparisen between Gaza and a concentration camp. Either you have no idea what a concentration camp was or you have no idea of the situation in Gaza. What is for sure is that you have no idea what goes on in Israel now or for more than a century.

Chernor Jalloh   December 30th, 2008 1:39 pm ET

Here we are again.It is true the type of aid being allowed by the Israel government to enter into Gaza is not going to be enough for the starving and the wounded Gazans.Israel is saying that they are not against the Palestinians,they are only targeting Hamas which threatens their lives and the lives of their citizens in Sderot and other neighbourhoods with the Gaza strip.But despite of all the severe bombardment for a forth consecutive days,the crude missiles are still landing in Israel and causing panic among the population.There are some point one Israel minister was seen diving for cover.No-one will want to see the Israelis being hurt or live in fear,but when donot want to stop building illegal settlements and arming their citizens to attack Palestinians,they(Plestinians)will do all what they can to defend their own people too no matter what.How the blood of a jew is far more important than that of a Palestinian?This has always puzzles me.

On the contrary,Israel is also saying that they are minimising civilian casualities on its war on Gaza while the diginity boat that is carrying food and medicine to help the people of Gaza whom the Israelis are saying they are not fighting the population,has been shot and chased away.

Iam very much optimistic Israel willnever win this war and they must negotiate with Hamas and quit out from all the occupied lands and bulldoze the apartheid walls.

M Ariely   December 30th, 2008 1:51 pm ET

CNN and other media pls published the Hamas charter
Innocent people that dont have the time to dig in and analyze the Islamist terror groups agenda will get at least a chance to get the basics that drives the actions of those groups and suuporting regimes


quates from Hamas charter
1:Under the Islam wing Islam,Christiannity,Judaism may coexist

2:Sharia goes for land the Moslems
(Aplicable to India,Spain,Potrugal,Sicilia, Balcans up Viena,half France&Rusia,Israel)
3:The day of jugment will not come until Moslems fight killing the Jews.The stones&trees will say O Moslem,there is a jew behind me,


khach   December 30th, 2008 3:58 pm ET

Israel attacking Gaza is the same as Russia attacking Georgia.
Unfortunately the US in this case keeps a blind eye and takes the side of the aggressor, because of heavy Israeli lobbying and Zionistic mentality in the media.

Mark   December 30th, 2008 5:31 pm ET

I am so tirred of hearing the petty problems of these other nations such as the problems in the Middle East. If they want to blow themselves to hell, let them do it. Let them fight over there thousand year old hatred for each other. What are they fighting over? Ruins and sand. I say let them solve there own problems and we solve our own problems, like fixing the economy would be nice. Oh, wait! We can't even do that right. Never mind.

joe   December 30th, 2008 7:36 pm ET

I say halt all foreign aid to the Palestinians. The Hamas wanted this war and now they have it. As for the inocent civilians let Israel take care of them. Not the rest of us after all we are not the shooting at them !!! It should be up to the aggressors 100% to feed the inocent, house the inocent, care for the inocents well being. And if they can't be bothered to do this without everybodies help, then I'm not sure who is inocent.

dan perman   December 30th, 2008 9:22 pm ET

"israel has every right to defend itself but come on killing over 300 people most of whom are innocent women and children is bit much the world needs to speak out against this slaughter one jew dead compared to hundreds of palestians why doesnt anyone speak up"


You mean to say that “one of the most powerful armies in the world” has been bombing Gaza for days, deploying massive air power, dropping hundreds of bombs, and ultimately killing a grand total of 50 civilians or so in the “most crowded place on earth?”
There are two options here: A) The Israeli army is not targeting civilians, or B) Israeli pilots suck.

I tend to go with option A.

Abdul   December 30th, 2008 10:34 pm ET


That is great! Let them blow themselves up and everyone go to hell. As you say, we should solve our problems. This sounds all great. However, there is a catch? We as Americans needs to stop supporting Israel of our tax payer's money and cut off the funds of 4.5 Billion dollors a year aid to Israel. Oh, did I mention the free weapons that we also send Israel to bomb and kill civilians? No one seems to care what Israel does and we continue to send Israel billions regardless of what you and I think. We are so stupid by supporting this war mongers, but on the other hand we as Americans supported a war in Iraq that was uncalled for and it was all fabricated by the war mongers of the white house.

Tony Adenuga   January 1st, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Where was everybody when these so called Hamas was launching rockets into Israel ? Nobody checked them or warned them about their actions. Even the Arab world .They make Hamas feel too comfortable with their actions as if Israel is not a sovreign country .Israel warned severally of the consequence of this action .Now that Israel is protecting his people and borders.Is there any justification for Israel to stop the campagne now ? NO ! Let the world speak to the Hamas first…..Anyway , who knows ….Hamas might regard these loss of their people as helping them to get to heaven by thier death….Since the basis for suicide bombing is on this premise.Hamas is on a suicidal head-on with Israel.Israel must increase the bombing.

Larry S   January 2nd, 2009 5:37 pm ET

I know about the privations caused by Israel’s U.S.-backed blockade – triggered, after all, by democratic elections – but somehow, Hamas managed to smuggle in materiel enough to manufacture hundreds of rockets, including long-range missiles; it might have been smuggling in food and medicine and fuel.

Ted   January 2nd, 2009 7:31 pm ET

The HYPOCRISY is just unbearable!! HYP-O-crites is y'all are,if nobody knows what that word means,i'll explain..a hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.


The is a way to resolve the problem in a none-violence way, dialogue is what is needed!! or do they need thousands of death to bring both sides to the negotiation table. I pray for peace and i shall keep on praying for it!!

Khan   January 2nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

More than 400 people have died so far in Gaza and no one has tried yet sincerely to stop this bloody conflict, especially those countries which can use their influence to ask Hamas to stop firing rockets in Israel. Those died could be saved and could live with their loved ones more longer, if Hamas leadership has some sense and love for its people. This is one of those groups of darkness have put world's peace in danger.

Abdul   January 5th, 2009 5:06 am ET


Your nonsense like the rest of you who claim Hamas is a danger to world peace, and implies it is justifiable for Israel to blow up hospitals, Mosques, houses, demolish crops, and bring on this carnage, and think Israel will get away with this outrageous coward attack on civilians, you are all wrong. This will only strengthen Islam and hate will only grow towards Jews and the west. If we have learned anything, 9-11 attacks on the USA were a direct result of this support for the State Israel.

The Jewish State has brought terror to the Palestinians for the last sixty years. No one cares about what Israel has done to the Palestinians. Where is the so called international community? Why does the UN or the so called international community don’t put an end to this? Israel has occupied Arab lands, humiliated Palestinians, demolished its way of life, put a blockade on Gaza, while the Jewish people enjoy a good life. Bullshit, there is no international community; there are international collaborators, robbers, war mongers who use military power and force to achieve its evil gains. Hamas has every right to fire rockets at Israel, and do what ever it takes to defend the homeless Palestinians; and by the way, those rockets that are being fired towards Israel are occupied communities and they should not be there to begin with.

“What was taken by force can only be taken back by force.” End of story!

Astro   September 22nd, 2012 7:38 pm ET

Molly: Oh I don't know about Bush leaving South America alone. He has pusehd threw a couple of trade agreements, was pushing hard for one with Columbia and has behind the scenes turned up tensions between Chavez and Venezuela and some of it's US friendly' neighbors. Clif & Chris: Yep, if the super volcano in Yellowstone erupts, it's the end of the world as we know it, with no rapture for the phony christians either.

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