2014 Gaza Strip War - Israel War Against Palestinians
Anti-war protest supporting Palestinians in Brisbane on Friday 1 August 2014By: Byron Wu
Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection left many of those who desperately want a peaceful solution to the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a sense of despair. The Prime Minister's victory, in many peoples eyes, virtually closes the door on any resolution between the two sides for the foreseeable future with no way of knowing when or if talks between the two sides will start again.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote in a letter to John Jay that "our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." Those words written over two hundred years ago by one of our nations foremost thinkers of the time could not ring more true today.
Regardless of how you feel about who is right and who is wrong in the greater scope of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that began anywhere from a few weeks ago, to 7 years ago, to several centuries ago in the past, the living conditions of the people in the Gaza strip is a humanitarian crisis. And something has to be done about it.
For the last 60 year Israel and Palestine have been at each others’ throats. Israelis want a country to call their own and the displaced Palestinians want to return to the land that was forcefully taken from them after World War II. The US has been unconditionally backing Israel for the entirety of the conflict, but it is time for the US to reconsider that position.
We go to war because it’s so easy. It’s as simple as that.
"The first time you shoot someone, you get a little nervous. You think, can I really shoot this guy? Is it really okay? But after you kill your enemy, you see it’s okay. You say, Great. You do it again. And again. You do it so the enemy won’t kill you or your countrymen. You do it until there’s no one left for you to kill. That’s what war is.
We have seen this story play out in countless midterm elections before. Members of the party the President belongs to run as far away from him as possible and members of the opposition try to tie members of the President's party to him at every turn.
At what point do you label a military operation a war? Without getting into the pros and cons, the rights and wrongs of bombing Syria, I still wonder at what point the American people, Congress and President Obama are willing to say 'Yes, we are at war with the Islamic State'. Let's try and break this down.
Donald Trump broke with decades of American foreign policy by publicly stating that he would be fine with a solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis that only involves one state. It was difficult to parse what Donald Trump meant, but his full quote read: "So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. [Netanyahu laughs.] I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi and the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."
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