What would constitute "extreme action" for Israel?
- A sustained artillery barrage of towns in Northern Gaza
- Tanks occupying southern Gaza
- Missiles fired at Gaza City
- Electricity knocked out after Gaza's main power station is bombed
- 8 of 24 cabinet ministers and 20 government officials captured and detained
Does this mean they will cut relations with Israel?
I agree, escalate to what? These people have lost their country, their homes, their lives. Now they are under a crushing embargo designed to break them. Not to mention murdering children having a picnic on the beach. But they said sorry!
Sothis, I agree with you. I don't understand the propensity to find someone else--another people--to oppress.
The thought had occurred. But I expect it's not so much talking to yourself, speaking administratively; a splaying with yourself. No personal reflection here by the way.
There's lots they could do. They might occupy Palestinian territory and build Israeli settlements there. Then they could fire rockets at Palestinian leaders, killing them and the odd child or two. They might even go so far as to build walls around Palestinian territory, require Palestinians to wait in long lines to pass through military checkpoints to get between home and work - or a hospital. They could destroy Palestinian homes and orchards. They might even refuse to allow Palestinian refugees back to their homes, which have long been taken over by Israelis.
But they'd have to be really, really pissed to do any of that.
I know. It was rhetorical, as I see your response is as well. :-) Though I wonder if the scale of the response is due to the fact that it's Gaza-- essentially a nowhere place with a few nice beaches but most importantly no Israelis anywhere nearby?
Funny how things always seem to go to hell just after an apparent breakthrough, like Hamas saying its willing to accept a 2-state solution.
That is quite a coincidence, huh? [wink, wink] Don't suppose anybody would want to sabotage a friendly move by Hamas? [nudge, nudge]
personally,i grew weary of this israel/palestine narritive years ago.
But amazingly, the Palestinians and Israelis don't seem to tire of it. I can only conclude that both sides are missing something so fundamental that it outweighs the sheer weariness of the conflict.