Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

December 9, 2012

Israel is not at fault in latest round of Mideast violence

The Gaza Strip is a small region of land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Israel on the north and east and Egypt on the southwest. A conspicuous amount of news reporting has recently been reported about Gaza as the area continues to see violence, and, often bloodshed.

In 1993, the Oslo Accords emanated with Israel reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Liberation Organization that Israel would withdraw from Gaza. Israel pulled out of Gaza, and every settlement, every soldier, and every Jew had eventually been removed. They did not claim the region anymore. In essence, there was a Palestinian nation.

I recall world leaders and government officials wanted Israel to give up the Gaza Strip in order for everyone to live in peace. The result: A group of Islamic militants called Hamas becoming the ruling power. It seems the purpose of Hamas is to terrorize and wage war with Israel.

For many months, the Hamas has repeatedly championed jihad attacks against Israel. The recent rocket attacks were never reported until Israel retaliated.

Now, a second opportunity has been given for a Palestinian nation since the United Nations has overwhelmingly recognized Palestine as a nation. Will the United Nations now use the member nations’ votes to begin ludicrous cogitation against Israel?

It has been obvious Israel would be satisfied to simply live in peace since they even built a fence for protection to be left alone. The result: The firing of rockets by militants over the fence into Israel.

It appears since 1993 that Israel can make all the concessions it wants, but Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and antisemitic factions in many countries will not be satisfied with anything Israel does until they do not exist as a nation.

David M. Snyder

Cumberland

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