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Great Op-Ed by Jeffrey Goldberg: Why Israel Can’t Make Peace With Hamas

With the obsessive, yet unbelievably shallow MSM coverage of this conflict – I find myself constantly tired, upset and nauseous. This editorial piece by Jeffrey Goldberg is one of those that’s like having a bucket of ice water dumped on you.

Not only is it incredibly interesting, but it comes from someone who has deep, personal, first-hand experience with the place and the players involved here.

From the NYT:

Chilling quote:

I asked him the question I always ask of Hamas leaders: Could you agree
to anything more than a tactical cease-fire with Israel? I felt
slightly ridiculous asking: A man who believes that God every now and
again transforms Jews into pigs and apes might not be the most obvious
candidate for peace talks at Camp David. Mr. Rayyan answered the
question as I thought he would, saying that a long-term cease-fire
would be unnecessary, because it will not take long for the forces of
Islam to eradicate Israel.

It is also shows us that one of the reasons why so many people do not understand what is going on here is because of the Western media’s collective unwillingness to expose the radical leaders of Hamas for who they are. They are talking (well in the case of Nizr Rayyan, he was talking) – but for some reason, most of what these leaders are saying just never makes it into print.

If you are one of the people who thinks that there is a way for Israel and Hamas to negotiate a settlement, you should read this op-ed. It is a rare specimen of Hamas’ real ideology in print in English.

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Welcome to Israel, Joe the Plumber!!

I read this on YNet and it made my day!

Amazing how little it takes to lift my spirits from spending my days in the mainstream media Israel hatefest…

Joe the Plumber is going to be covering the Gaza Update section for pjtv.

Joe, we need someone who is going to tell it like it is and cut the crap already – I for one am very happy to see you.

There is also a kind of poetic justice that someone trained to fix toilets is going to be the new kid in on the Gaza media block 🙂

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4 Questions

Reading/hearing/watching the media reports of the last few days have oddly given me a very similar feeling to the one I get actually hearing an explosion.

It is sickening.
To anyone – anyone at all who is criticizing Israel and/or Operation Cast Lead. I have these questions:

How can Israel stop Hamas from firing rockets at civilian populations?

Why is Hamas operating from civilian areas? Why are they storing rockets in mosques? Why are they firing mortars from schools?

We know that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza – but ask yourself: What about the Rafah crossing (Gaza-Egypt)? Where is the media coverage of the fact that Egypt isn’t sending much of anything into the Gaza strip for civilivans or helping to treat the injured? (BTW, I’m not blaming Egypt for this, I firmly believe that Hamas is responsible for not allowing injured Palestinians to leave).

There are 800,000 Israelis living in rocket range. We cannot live with Grad rockets falling on our schools, shopping centers and homes. We cannot keep our children at home all year because the schools won’t withstand rocket attacks. We have to build our daycare centers underground because the air raid siren gives you a maximum of 45 seconds warning. If this was happening to you, what would you expect your government to do about it?

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