Thursday, May 15, 2008

Rockets, casualties, Gaza, Lebanon: two points of view

The common Israeli point of view:

  • The latest killings and woundings of Israeli civilians by Hamas rockets are making the situation intolerable. The Hezbollah takeover of Lebanon is more proof that Iran is becoming a real threat to Israel. If we don't do something quickly, we'll be trapped between two Iranian entities: one in Lebanon and one in Gaza.
  • We Israelis have to do something.
  • What can we do?
    • Minority view (very small minority, actually): talk with Hamas.
    • Majority view:
      • Attack them - destroy their military capability, and make the citizens of Gaza sorry that they elected the terrorists of Hamas.
      • The goal of Hamas is the destruction of Israel. If we lower the pressure, all we're going to do is allow Hamas more time to gain power in order to achieve their goal of destroying Israel. Proof? Sure: we left Gaza, and what we got in return was more rockets than there were before.
      • If the people of Gaza want to stop sufferring, they should prove to us that they want peace. We proved it to them by leaving Gaza, and all we got in return was proof that they want to destroy us.

My guess about the Arab point of view:

  • The rockets on Israel are nothing compared to the sufferring of the innocent civilians in Gaza now and in Lebanon during the last war.
  • The Israeli talk about "proving to us that they want peace" is pure propaganda. They didn't really leave Gaza, they just put a seige on Gaza. Their helicopters and airplanes never really left.
  • The only way we can protest against the seige is by firing rockets. We'll keep firing rockets until the Israelis lift the seige.
  • These rockets aren't doing any real harm - they're just proving to those cruel Israelis that they can't beat us. If we stop firing those rockets, then we lose our pride.
  • Yes, Hamas wants to destroy Israel, but there's no way it can really achieve this in the forseable future, so the Israelis aren't really afraid. On the other hand, Hamas and Hezbollah are proof that we Arabs aren't so incapable as we used to think.

Did I get it correctly?



Merche Pallarés said...

Dear Israeli Blogger, I came to your blog from GAZA-SDEROT because I liked your comment to Peace Man. I'm right with you. I think the only way that this hell can come to an end is that Palestinians vow for peace, no matter what. It's very difficult and hard for them as there has been so much injustice but one always has to bend their hand. The Israeli government will never do it. Unfortunately, it has to be the weaker link of the chain that has to do it; and, with the help of all the humane, intelligent, and freedom-loving Jews all over the world and all you wonderful Israelies-pro-Palestinians I believe peace can be reached. Good luck. Kisses, M.

Israeli Blogger said...

Thank you Merche!

Pole said...

I came from Gaza-Sderot too...
Now we have the ceasfire, we will see what the intentions of the ceasefire from gaza really were...
I am expecting there to be an even bloodier battle coming up and this is just the calm before the storm.
No doubt when this happens, there will be a big argument about who fired the first bullet....and so the story continues...

The Muslim Kid said...

Hey. Finally. An honest blogger!

I am Muslim, not Palestine but as a Muslim I do not like the oppression, and deaths of Muslim.

I support a two state solution, even though I do believe that the right of Israel to exist on the land it does today is illegitamate, it must be so if we want peace.

I believe that there are faults on both side at all time. Hamas needs to accept that Israel will be, and no one can stop that. And Israel needs to stop being so *defensive* against Palestinians. They need to stop the oppression, the killings, the deaths. it must stop.

check out my blog:

I'm going to add you to my blog roll:

I live in Chicago, America. I am Muslim and I write about my life as an American Muslim Teen living in a non-Muslim country.

-The Muslim Kid-

Israeli Blogger said...

Thanks for the comment and the compliment, Muslim Kid.

I think I am no more honest than most other bloggers - I'm just different in that I try to understand how people on the other side view things.