I can’t help but notice too many people are sympathizing with Israel when history is against them, they are newcomers to that region and they have treated their neighbors with disdain from day one, theirs no justification for their behaviour, i know that Hamas have been retaliating with rockets and i don’t…
Israel is not the intruder since it has had a presence in the Middle East for over 2,000 yrs. according to the Abrahamic covenant. Gen. 15:18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: It wasn’t until the Diaspora beginning in 123 AD the Jews fled Israel after the Romans tried to annihilate them following a revolt. I received this email today:
Dear Friend of Israel,
As I write you today, the people of Israel are facing an emergency. Hundreds of terrorist rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel in the past two days, some of them even reaching as far as Tel Aviv. I was there at the time, meeting with Israel’s Minister of Civil Defense when the siren sounded. We were discussing how The Fellowship can help during this crisis. My friends, Israel is under a massive bombardment.
Yesterday, Israel struck back hard against the terrorists by launching a military campaign, dubbed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” to stop the terrorists once and for all. The cost of the incessant, brutal terrorist war on Israel is incalculable. Today, it was paid in Israeli blood when rockets struck in the city of Kiryat Malachi, killing three Israelis – including an expectant mother – in their own homes. It could happen again. As Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S, Michael Oren, recently noted, rocket strikes near Tel Aviv mean that four and a half million Israelis – more than half of Israel’s population – live in the line of fire. Daily life as they know it has stopped. They must spend their day huddling in bomb shelters, seeking protection from the terror raining from the sky. They have a mere 15 sec, to reach a bomb shelter.
The Fellowship responded immediately to this dire situation, announcing a $2.7 million aid package to cities in southern Israel that will provide for the renovation of bomb shelters, the establishment of a reinforced trauma clinic, the purchase of equipment and training for community first responders, and the establishment of emergency command centers in endangered towns and cities. But, as the war intensifies, the list of immediate needs is skyrocketing to staggering proportions.
Israel demonstrated its willingness to trade land for peace in its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, when it gave back all of the Sinai Peninsula. This decision entailed painful sacrifices, including the dismantlement of the town of Yamit and the uprooting of all the Sinai settlements. 300 Jewish settlers who had lived for years were forced to evacuate the West Bank, Migron, in order to comply with the disengagement.
Wealthy American Jews bought greenhouse so the Palestinians could develop an agricultural economy. With a few years they had been totally destroyed and with it self-sufficiency. Still the rockets of Hamas continue to lob Israel and the primary targets schools and homes for the elderly. The most helpness of Israeli society. What bravery on the part of Hamas!!
Degree in History (focus Jewish studies) and Spanish, New Mexico State U. 1990
I regret I have always supported Israel. I am not Jewish or anything. I admit to not taken much notice of things in that area in recent years. My sympathy for them lies in the invasions from their neighbours in the 60s and early 70s. They seemed a tiny country facing power full foes.Much like England at the time of the Armada.
Look at this last year alone. Not a week went by that southern Israel wasn’t the victim of rocket attacks, but the attacks don’t make the mainstream media unless it’s an aside in an article about the Israeli military response.
In general, the media tends to morally equivocate targeting civilians by Hamas with targeting terrorists and accidentally hitting the civilians they purposely use as human shields that Israel does.
Also, Israel has very few natural resources. Nearly all the infrastructure was built by Israelis. For example, they built a system to recycle the most water of any country, over 70%. The nearest second is less than 30%. This is not something you would iear in the media.
Also, I don’t know what you mean by “newcomers.” Israel was established around the same time as most if the countries in there. The vast majority of Israelis were born and/or descended from people born in the region.
BTW, there is no “wall around Jerusalem.” There is a wall that seperates Israeli-controlled territories from PA-controlled territories, and it seperates a few Jerusalem suburbs from the main city. The PA asked for those suburbs, so bring it up with them.
Generally, the media is very bias in almost everuything they report.
In every free country, some of the media will favour one side and some of the media will favour the other.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is FAR, FAR more complicated than you seem to think. If it was that simple – “History is against [the Israelis]” – “It’s [the Palestinians’] frigging country” – it would have been resolved decades ago.
The media is completely biased toward Israel