Inside the Middle East
March 18, 2011
Posted: 1505 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meets with Piers Morgan(Getty)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meets with Piers Morgan(Getty)

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out the possibility that his government would ever negotiate with a Palestinian government that included the Islamist group Hamas.

“Can you imagine a peace deal with Al Qaeda? Of course not.” Netanyahu told Morgan in Jerusalem. “What am I going to negotiate with them? The method of our decapitation? The method of their exterminating us? Of course not"

The vocal opposition from Netanyahu comes amidst Palestinians efforts to end the bitter political divide between their two main political parties.

Wednesday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was ready to visit the Gaza Strip immediately in an effort to end the internal political division between his Fatah party and the Hamas faction which rules in Gaza.

That move followed an invitation from Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh who extended the invitation to Abbas as tens of thousands of protestors both in the West Bank and Gaza took to the streets demanding political unity.

Israel has long rejected the idea of direct negotiations with Hamas which it regards as a terrorist organization but Netanyahu’s comments signal what appears to be a new Israeli push to prevent Abbas from striking deal that would include Hamas in any future Palestinian government.

Friday’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Israeli officials were working to convince the United States and other nations that any Hamas role in a government would attest to the Palestinian’s lack of interest in peace.

The division between Fatah and Hamas began in 2006 when the Islamist party won parliamentary elections and worsened a year later when Hamas seized power in Gaza from Fatah in a violent coup. Repeated attempts at negotiating a political rapprochement have failed .

While few are holding their breath that this latest effort at reconciliation will bear fruit there is considerably more pressure being brought to bear on both factions. Taking a page from protestors in Egypt and Tunisia internet savvy Palestinians have been using social media to organize increasing numbers to demonstrate publicly for reconciliation.

Independent lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti says recent demonstrations represent a new and important youth movement in Palestinian society.

"What you see is the beginning of change, what you see is the voice of the young people and the silent majority among the Palestinians which are pressuring both Fatah and Hamas to end this terrible division, to end this internal competition about an authority which does not exist because it is all under occupation," Barghouti said. "You see the voice of the Palestinian majority asking for democracy back and asking for unity, which is the only way to end occupation and the suffering of the people."

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Bob Glassman   March 18th, 2011 6:12 pm ET

I was dismayed after viewing Piers Morgan's interview last night. It was obvious he isn't a fan of Israel, but he could have at least allowed the Prime Minister to finish a full sentence (especially in his own home). I would bet that the leader of Hamas would be given a lot more courtesy. Considering what the state of Israel has had to contend with from it's inception, it is hard to sit and watch such browbeating of the leader of the only democratic country in the Middle East, especially from an interviewer
who allowed himself to be so enraptured when interviewing Charlie Sheen. Mr.Morgan does better with Hollywood trash.

Zoglet   March 18th, 2011 9:26 pm ET

If the UK could talk with the IRA and teh South African gov talk with the ANC, then why wont Israel talk with a democratically elected Hamas?

Simple truth is Israel are not going to return anyland which they know they are obliged to do if there is to be peace. It suits the extreem right wing Netanyahoo government to have a bogey man to blame everything on, and to divert attention from their own failures.

Stop aid for Israel and boycott the country till it returns to the negotiation table.

beaujam90   March 18th, 2011 10:08 pm ET

Hamas is legitimately elected by the legitimate and real owners of Palestine who are the Palestinians. The racist zionist entity is illegitimate as all the racist invaders who invaded the holy land are really Khazars (east europeans) who converted to judaism not so long go with no genetic or historical link to Palestine or anywhere in the Middle east.

To be a jew is to believe in judaism, zionists hope to steal Palestine by making jews into a pure race or a nationality.
The real original jews (if jewshness were to be an ethnicity) are the ancestors of the Palestinians, their descendants converted to christianity then to islam. Similarly North africans and most of arabs were jewish long before Khazars.

The whole world knows that zionism has never been about judaism, but only about racism and stealing Palestine from Palestinians.

Joseph Zrnchik   March 18th, 2011 10:46 pm ET

Day of Rage in Washington D.C. 6/30/11

To end criminal government and rule by lawless elites,_2011.html

Brian   March 19th, 2011 3:56 am ET

Israel has never wanted peace. They are always the antagonizer.

Concerns over vision of peace.   March 19th, 2011 7:17 am ET

I have concerns over Netanyahu's vision of peace. I don't think his vision is the same as ours. We wouldn't think a Jewish nation state was a good idea because we don't mix politics with religion and we wouldn't do something that exclusive. People can't change their genetics, and nobody gets to choose their parents. So, none of that makes any sense. About pushing Gazans into the sea...that appears to be a personal vendetta that the rest of us aren't interested in being involved in. About dragging US into another war. Forget it. About having Obama show support for you when you are wrong (building illegal settlements and trying to expand occupation)...I don't see that either. That would be wrong.

Concerns over vision of peace.   March 19th, 2011 7:26 am ET

If it's about corporations that made blood money from the holocaust...i would have a problem with those too. I can't tell from here.

Rick Martin   March 19th, 2011 7:17 pm ET

Understandable that one doesn't give away land to a group whose understanding of Jews and Israel is more Nazi-like than anything else but what about the so called "moderate" Arabs like Abbas and Fatah who name streets and sports teams after suicide bombers and give their families cash prizes and then shake hands with Hamas and say they are intent on forming a new alliance with Hamas and look favorably to the day such a unity is accomplished. Would the US look with favor upon a "moderate" Pakistan or Afghanistan government who said it wished to form a partnership with a "brother" Al Qaeda? I think not.

Oladipo Akinyemi Omole   March 19th, 2011 7:51 pm ET

Howdy Kevin,
How's life in Middle East ?
To a reasonable extent, I would say pretty good or wouldn't you say?
After-all, it appears Israel has no more ax to grind with mainstream elements of the Palestinian Cause.The common foe now is Hamas and other tributaries of terror who cannot really claim legitimately any jurisdiction over the Gaza strip which has always belonged to Israel as documented in the Book of Judges Chapter 1-end.The process will also get some boost from Palestinian youths who are not excited about Hamas and other terrorists and their claims which they dispute according to your report.These youths need encouragement. A lot of it too with a lot of enlightenment and "Carrots".
All the best great guy and God's Blessings...all that you can ever get.
It's your friend,

Mycology   March 20th, 2011 12:29 am ET

Since the arab islamists have decided the three "no's" should be applied to a peaceful peace-desiring state, Israel, Israel should be proud to apply those three no's to the terrorist civilian baby-killing organization hamas.

No recognition of Hamas

No conciliation with Hamas

No negotiations wit Hamas.

Your charter calls for death, Hamas, and so you shall have it at you and your "people's" expense, until your "people" finally decide they are done with terror as their national pastime.

proud zionist   March 20th, 2011 11:16 am ET

Democratically elected Hamas government!!

Oh yes, Hitler was also democratically elected.

But you memory is too short to remember this, right Israel bashers!

proud zionist   March 20th, 2011 11:18 am ET

"You see the voice of the Palestinian majority asking for democracy back"


democracy, just like under Arafat


Tamir   March 20th, 2011 2:16 pm ET

The fact that Hamas was elected democratically and therefore israel has to recognize it, is brought up again and again, but is entirely irrelevant, as it does not make an inch of difference to the fact that they do not recognize the right of the jewish people for self determination in even part of their ancestral homeland, and declare day and night their desire for israel's destruction. In fact, the fact that they were elected democratically makes matters even worse, as that means that unfortunately most of the Gazan palestinians support their ideology, which in turn makes the likelyhood of ever achieving piece with the palestinians even more remote. Hamas are the present (elected) leaders of the Gaza palestinians and they bear the full responsibility for Gaza's misfortune, which is a direct result of their fanatic and uncompromising ideology. I really hope that one day they will also acknowledge the rights of jews for a state, in the same way jews acknowledged their right for a state, and will be willing to compromise. Until then Israel has no choice but to treat them as any country would treat an enemy trying to annihilate.

miriam   March 20th, 2011 3:51 pm ET

It is clear from above comments and the blog written by Kevin Flower, that opinions on the Arab-Israeli conflict are formed more by the bias literature and media sources than by any actual knowledge of Judaism ME history.

If these sources are Ha'aretz, Barghouti, Sands, Koestler or Arab/Palestinian propagandist false rhetoric, of course the above opinions are going to be disseminated.

Jews are not just a religious group but also a people with a shared history and culture.
No Jew would claim that they are part of a pure race since Jews vary in ethnicity due to exile and inter-marriage although common genetic markers can be found despite different ethnic characteristics.
Of course that hasn't prevented persecution of Jews based on such racist beliefs.
Similarly, Jewish persecution continues because of other mistaken beliefs, whether deliberate or ignorant, invading the minds of individuals and groups around the world.

Ariely   March 20th, 2011 6:03 pm ET

Ms Zoglet question
""If the UK could talk with the IRA and teh South African gov talk with the ANC, then why wont Israel talk with a democratically elected Hamas?""

Ms Zoglet:
IRA doctrine was not destroy UK and kill all Brits
ANC doctrine was not kill all Afrikans peopel.
-Pls read Hams charter:

*"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslimskill the Jews.
The stones and trees will say:

*Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism – to coexist in peace and quiet with each other.

–Muslim brotherhood doctrine:

*The speech of the Muslim brotherhood leader in Cairo before 1 million people saying:
!!!!! Hitler didn’t finish the job against the Jews.
!!!!!! Now the Muslims brotherhood will finish the job.
Watch BBC program Third eye Egypt.

*A Muslim can come closer to Allah by
Christians,Jews, atheists,or polytheists in every possible manner
.Dr. Ahmad 'Abd about Al-Walaa Wa'l-Bara article in the "Muslim brotherhood"

Ms Zoglet- pls repy the folloing questions:
What the international comunity should do about movements and parties with the folloing ajenda do?

oppression-- dictatorship-- limited human rights-– limited woman rights-- limited religious practice to minorities-–agression against all nations -- will to commit genocide!!

Consider my proposal:
They should be outlaw worldwide.
They should never be accepted to get power.

Remember: The Geman Nazi.
British primeminister Chemberline taked to the Nazi.
Give up Chehoslovaky and declered:
Peace for generations have been achived!
Followe by WW2.


Abdu   March 20th, 2011 7:25 pm ET

Mycology, and not a single Israeli political party recognizes the Palestinians' mere existence, let alone their right to self-rule; and the head of Israel's diplomacy, Lieberman, is frankly calling for the transfer of Israeli Arabs.

Don't call a kettle black please.

Martin   March 21st, 2011 12:28 am ET

Israel and its people will always be cry babies blaming the world and never admitting what the entire world knows, that they alone are responsible for the deep hatred of their people thanks to their stealing of lands that do not belong to them.

They will never return those lands and equally they will always be hated.

Israel deserves no sympathy from anyone. They are liars and theives.

Let the world stop supporting and tolerating this terrorist country too – stealing European passports to aid their dirty secret service tricks, murdering Turkish sailors after raiding a ship...the list goes on. But Israel will always cry and cry and blame the holocaust.

Wake up world.

EdBirnbaum   March 21st, 2011 12:28 am ET

Grad Rocket Strike in Ashkelon
by Maayana Miskin

Gaza terrorists fired a Grad Katyusha rocket at the city of Ashkelon on Sunday evening, just after the Jewish holiday of Purim was ending. The rocket slammed into a neighborhood in the city, but did not cause physical injury.

Two people suffered shock and one required hospital care.

beaujam90   March 21st, 2011 12:30 am ET

No recognition of racist zionist entity

No conciliation with the racist zionist entity

No negociations wit the racist zionist entity.

Zionism must be peacefully dismantled and the racist zionist invaders must go back to europe where they really came from.

Martin   March 21st, 2011 12:35 am ET

@ Bob Glassman – I think you need to know that in the UK we do not consider Israel with the same regard as the USA for example. The British tend to see right through the Israelis whereas the Americans are helpfully populating the lands that Israel stole from the Palestinians...this perhaps explains why Piers was more critical of the Israeli Prime Minister.

We Brits don't welcome Israelis with open arms...I wonder why?

Joe Zegal   March 21st, 2011 1:05 am ET

Israel is the only terrorist country in the world. Before Netanyahu speaks, he first should look in the mirror. The coninued arrogance will only speed the end of what is called Israel short lived experiment. On the other hand,
Arabs always accepted Jews even after they were kicked out of Spain in the 15th century. Open you hearts to them and they will open their homes to you and to all Jews.

Dan   March 21st, 2011 2:02 pm ET

I saw the interview. I thought Morgan's interview with Netanyahu was disappointing, at best, and at worst, revealed a clear bias. Please, prove me wrong. Interview a Palestinian leader the same way. Blame him and hold him responsible for not finding a way to peace. Interrupt him to make your own point. Show your distrust of his answers and his motives. Ask him about broken Palestinian promises. Ask him about attacks on Israeli civilians. Treat him as you did Netanyahu and I may once again believe CNN to be an honest information broker. At this point, you've only shown evidence of a political agenda.

Ariely   March 21st, 2011 6:05 pm ET

Ms Abdu comment:not a single Israeli political party recognizes the Palestinians' mere existence–the head of Israel's diplomacy, Lieberman, is frankly calling for the transfer of Israeli Arabs
Ms Abdu- in this case the famous say: A lie told often enough becomes truth- doesn't work.
** 1947 while attacking Israel the 7 Arab countries.
Jordan conquers the West Bank and Egypt Gaza.
They dint form the number 22 Arab state named Palestine.
They use the territories for terror atckes against Israeli civilians

**** On Taba negotiations Israel made unprecedented offres.
Palestinian response was to open the deadly terror war aginst Israel civilians
****** All the leading Israeli parties accept the creation of the number 22 Arab state –Pa However PLO and Hamas object is Israel destruction.
The difference in only in tactics.
* The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity is eliminated and Palestine is liberated.
(From the PLO platform)
.2: Hamas charter
*"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it
*The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims kill the Jew.
The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.
Arabs desire to be governed by Arabs.
Lieberman accept this concept
His offer: Villages and cities populated by Arabs along the future boarder with Palstine will be governed by Pastiness.
All the people will remain in their homes.
Nobody will have to move.
Ms Abdu
Either you believe in the you have been told without checking the facts
You are a traditional Arab propagandist laying to the infidels using the traditional Arab cult Taqiyya

Barbara   March 22nd, 2011 12:11 am ET

This is a very interesting article by a saudi arabian native who spent many many years in Israel with much knowledge on the history of the Land...

Barbara   March 22nd, 2011 12:14 am ET

This is a very interesting and thought provoking article by a Saudi Arabian who has spent much time in the region.
Knowledgable about the history of the region – definitely worth a second look.

proud zionist   March 22nd, 2011 7:50 am ET

Arabs always accepted Jews

Oh yeah?

Like in the 1920 progroms, the 1929 progroms etc etc


Yusil   March 22nd, 2011 5:56 pm ET

Unfortunately Piers never addressed the real issues such as the Apartheid State of Israel or for short ASOI.
ASOI is now one of worst apartheid regimes in the world. It controls almost all of Palestine (apart from Gaza which it imprisoned hermetically since 2005). It has, in absolute terms the highest number of political prisoners (China was reported to have less then 1000, Iran has few thousands); Israel holds nearly 10,000 of them. It has the largest number of apartheid laws and regulations than any country in the world and apart from the Arab regimes that are now collapsing and rogue states such as Miramar and North Korea, has the longest imposition of emergency laws and regulations that rob citizens of their most basic human and civil rights. Its policies against the discriminated native population, now composing nearly half of the overall population in ASOI, include atrocities such as barring people from using water sources, from cultivating their fields, building more houses, from getting to work, schools or universities and if bans them from commemorating their history and in particular the 1948 Nakbah.

Piers clearly has his marching orders from CNN.

Naveed   March 22nd, 2011 10:18 pm ET

proud zionist- ignorant people like you are not worth debating with. How would you like it if i decided to invade your house as i had a dream that god told me to do so. Would you just give me your house?

You have the US govt on your side which heavily relies on their zionist donors.

The jews got massacred by the europeans in history after the second world war, the arabs let the jews in.... And what did the jews do? bring on massacres to the defenceless palestinians. You guys make me laugh, just how long will you have blind support from the americans?

Everyone around the world knows just what you are doing to the palestinians, its just in the states where you are fed a pack of lies.

Dan   March 23rd, 2011 10:22 am ET

Some of the religious parties in the Israeli government are as undemocratic as Hamas. They should remove religion from stat in the whole Middle East.

John A   March 23rd, 2011 11:50 am ET


Israel and America feel military action is worthy against any country they dislike. Especially if the countries they dislike pose no threat to them. Israel and America are indeed the new Nazis.

But we can take hope!! The economic collapse of America has started to wake up its population. As Americans suffer economically, they will ask more questions about their blood thirsty and non democratic ways. Even American voters don't return power to their congress and act according to law, soon illegal America will no longer be able to afford its military.

In reality it is China who attacks the Muslim states, because without Chinese money America could not afford a pea shooter let alone an aircraft carrier.

A 15 trillion dollar debt does not make America a super power. It makes America super corrupt and close to third world status.

miriam   March 23rd, 2011 7:58 pm ET


When Jews were being murdered in the Holocaust, the Arab leadership was conspiring with Hitler as to how to include the Jews of the ME in the Nazi Final Solution.
After all, they were already experienced at massacring Jews in the Holy Land dating back decades.
Certainly there were some Arabs who protected Jews but it was their leadership who bullied the British into sending Jewish refugees back to Nazi death camps and violating their mandate.

There is no massacre of Palestinians, unless you refer to those performed by the Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese or among Palestinians themselves.
Palestinians have chosen to resist the right of Jews to their religious, historical and cultural homeland with terrorism and war and Israel is not going to sit back and leave its citizens to be slaughtered. Unfortunately innocents are killed in war but every effort is taken by Israel to prevent such casualties, unlike those who deliberately target Israeli civilians.

It is your lies that trick you into believing that everyone is as ignorant as you.

miriam   March 23rd, 2011 8:16 pm ET


What a load of lies and distortion.

There has only ever been one apartheid state and that was SA.

In Israel, Jews and Arabs study together, bathe together, travel together, work as doctors, lawyers, lawmakers, judges etc together, play sports together, engage in crime together....

There is no emergency law nor political prisoners (terrorists are not political prisoners) and all citizens have equal rights. Although, the government prefers not to sponsor events that mourn the establishment of the Jewish state although such events can be held without government funding. After all, no state would officially support activities promoting its destruction.

Ariely   March 24th, 2011 1:04 am ET

Naveed comment:bring on massacres to the defenceless palestinians
Did Lenin invebted his famose say:
A lie told often enough becomes truth– Lenin


* Arab League declaration when Arab armies atacked Israel:
Will be a war of extermination

*Azm- Syrian prime minister memoirs

Lenin was not aware that lying to the infidels is an old Arab cult– Taqiyya- date the 7 century and still widely used today

John A   March 24th, 2011 3:08 pm ET

Monkey face Netanyahu is a thousand times worse than Gadaffi.

What are you going to do about that United Nations? More double standards and bla bla bla....

Ariely   March 24th, 2011 6:53 pm ET

Find the differences:
Two events currently covered by the media.

* Civilians are in danger and must be protected!!
Airstrikes are launched by countries which are from 1000 up to 7000 miles away from Benghazi
Media reports that the battle is ""only"" 100 miles away from Benghazi.
Unfortunately Civilians have been killed by the airstrikes.
Media says that the issue of avoiding civilian casualties is difficult.

- The airstrikes are against Libyan army wearing uniforms, using army vehicles

*Rockets are fired from Gaza against Israeli civilians.
The media avoids telling that the distance from the launching area and Israeli citizens is 15 miles.
Leaders of active countries in Libya are calling Israel not to defend Israeli citizens and avoid bombing the terrorist nearby launching areas.

- The terrorists doctrine:
!! Hiding among civilians prevents armies with western values the ability to fight. WE IMPOSE A NEW NON CONVENTIONAL EQUATION IN WARS.
Said by Hamas leader Khalid Mash'al on Al-Jazeera.
--- Hippocrates -----
Keeping oil price down by paying to the terror supporting Arab/Iran regimes with the Israeli civilians life

Yusil   March 24th, 2011 8:51 pm ET


1,400 Palestinians killed in Gaza recently, that’s a massacre. 8 civilians killed a few days ago, including innocent children are called what? The resulting tit for tat killing between Arabs and Jews is your view of modern communication. Semitic people killing each other belong in the Stone Age. However, both of you are so righteous in your murderous religious believes that this will never change. See the retaliation in Jerusalem! Tell me how long do you believe this will or should continue? The moment the mood of the population in the US changes, history will change in the ME. Have you learned nothing over the centuries?

proud zionist   March 26th, 2011 9:11 pm ET


As openly admitted by Hamas, most of the killed in Gaza were terrorists. So take a valium and calm down and stop your Hamas mantras. They are worn out.

proud zionist   March 26th, 2011 9:15 pm ET

John antisemitic Nazi A

I don't like Natanyahu. But I like you even less. So look in the mirror and try not to puke, if you can, you liar, nitwit

John A   March 27th, 2011 11:34 am ET

Proud Zionist, Hamas have never admitted that Israel killed combatants. Israel killed 1400 civilians in December 2008.

You tell yourself that these Palestinian civilians were bad, so you can sleep at night. You know several hundred under the age of 16 were killed in that Israeli raid?

But don't think of all the children's blood on Zionist hands, keep proud and stay blind to all the facts you don't like.

leor   March 29th, 2011 12:23 am ET

The idiot Zoglet as usually spews disgusting nonsense, congratulations!

leor   March 29th, 2011 12:26 am ET

Well, maybe you want to aim your anger at disgusting terrorists from Hamas, who terrorize and oppress their own population as well.
You might noticed that Israel doesn't have any problems with West Bank which denounced violence and doesn't shell Israel with missiles.

leor   March 29th, 2011 12:31 am ET

Don't forget that there's no "Palestine". Romans renamed Israel to Palestine after a Jewish uprising.

John A   March 29th, 2011 6:56 pm ET

For those who don't understand how their government work.

Libya Opposition ARE Al Qaeda Says NATO Commander 29/03/11

That's right, western governments now give military support to those accused of perpetrating 911.

But this is not new, if you read books written by Brzezinski (Jimmy Carters advisers), he admits to setting up Al Qaeda to fight the Russians. The US has used Al Qaeda to cause terrorist atrocities in every region the US wants to invade. This is the oldest trick in the book! From the days of Rome up until Hitler, military leaders have always pointed towards outside threats as a reason to invade other countries. The trick is to set up the outside threat and create a reason to invade. This game has been constantly played by America and Israel since 1947.

Getting back to Facebook. The seed money used to fund the launch of Facebooks came from the US government. The same goes for Google.
Facebook can help spread the idea of revolts, as we have seen in North Africa. The revolts then give the American government a chance to invade.

In response I will receive replies from the uneducated which will claim I am a conspiracy theorist. So lets go back to the beginning of my message:

Libya Opposition ARE Al Qaeda Says NATO Commander 29/03/11

How brainwashed can you be??? Now you are supposed to give your taxes to help arm and support Al Qaeda. Please let the Zionist losers explain this one away.

proud zionist   March 29th, 2011 9:53 pm ET

Johnny baby

they have, but you do not give a sh*t about the truth

they did admit it, but you are too stupid to know

nitwit nazi

proud zionist   March 30th, 2011 7:54 am ET

John antisemite A, just for you , you nazi liar:

September 11, 2010
Hamas admitted last week that between 600 and 700 of its militants were killed during Operation Cast Lead – a figure consistent with that reported by the Israel Defense Forces.

The figure is several times higher than the previous number of fatalities that Hamas claimed it sustained during the operation.

Hamas’ military wing had previously claimed that only 49 of its militants were killed during the three-week operation that the IDF launched in December 2008. Israel had put the figure at 709.

In an interview with the London-based Al-Hayat daily last Monday, however, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad detailed the heavy price his group had paid during the war.

"They say that it was the people who were harmed in the last war," said Hamad. "Are we not part of the people nation? On the first day of the war, Israel attacked the police command and killed 250 martyrs, from Hamas and other factions."

"This was in addition to the 200-300 members of the Al-Qassam Brigade [Hamas' military wing] and 150 security personnel," Hamad added. "The rest of the fatalities were from among the civilian population."

leor   March 30th, 2011 11:03 pm ET

@John A:
Your senseless ramblings about Facebook and Google only confirm that you're a delusional psycho.

We heard a lot about Facebook's influence in Egypt and Tunisia – where's the invasion? We didn't hear much about Facebook in Libya – not that anyone "invades" it anyway.

What else, Google? So I guess you support Chinese commies who censor it so their people could find truth about their government's crimes on the Internet.

"Facebook can help spread the idea of revolts..."

Suurre... all those gazillions of party girls posting their pics there (not that there's anything wrong with that).
Man find a higher quality stuff instead of whatever you ingesting right now.

John A   March 31st, 2011 10:57 am ET

Proud Zionist,

If your silly propaganda accepted, even your own figures mean half the people killed were civilians. You claim 700 combatants were killed and Israel admits it killed 1400 people.

So what are you proud about, when even your own figures show Israel killed 700 civilians of which 300 were children.

Proud Zionist, you say I don't know sh*t. Well in the time we have been blogging I have come to know you. And you are sh*t.

proud zionist   April 2nd, 2011 11:42 am ET

Goldstone on April 2, 2011 in the Washington Post:

I dare all you Israel bashers, Nazis and antisemites to read what Goldstone has to say today.

grasshooper   April 4th, 2011 4:29 pm ET

It appears that sharing and reposting others’ comments is becoming a trend. You can definitely copy, repost, or email mine to anyone including lobbying senators, state representatives and any other public officials who shape our country’s foreign policies.

The main Zionist claim is that they have a supreme right to some of Palestinian territory because they lived there thousands of years ago. Let’s examine the core and real nature of this claim.

Firstly, this claim is mistaken and selfish in its core concept because Zionists fail to recognize that history is a continuum and that there were other people living in majority in Palestine before the Jews and also after the Jews. Zionists simply cut history at a convenient point for them and claim ancestral ties to the land as of that convenient point.

Secondly, whatever the claim, it is beyond absurd to try to shape modern world based on thousands of years old maps. Imagine if the rest of the world would be reshaped by who was on the land thousands of years ago. It would cause horrific wars, countless refugees, and unimaginable human suffering, exactly what is happening in Palestine.

Thirdly and most disturbing, Zionist goal was to establish a Jewish state wherever possible. Palestine may have been a preference, but Palestine was not the only location that Zionists planned as their state in modern times. Another location was Argentina where Jews have been migrating for hundreds of years for the purpose of establishing a state. Also, locations in Europe were on the list and that’s why the Catholic Church was killing/expelling Jews since Roman times (read the history of the Holly Inquisition). Whatever the location, Zionist plan was to simply occupy the people living on the land even if that would mean imposing a regime worst than Nazi Germany’s from which they escaped. And Zionists would just use a different ideological coloring than the one used in Palestine in the attempt to rationalize the occupation.

In conclusion, the main claim on which the Zionist regime is built in Palestine is erroneous, selfish, and a lie. I am categorically against generalizing, and recognize that many Jews are against the crimes the Zionist regime is committing and that many Jews are leading the global resistance to it. They should be proud.

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