Written July 26, 2014:
And please bear with me learning to use this blog and WordPress. Both line spacing and character spacing seem to go berserk, with line spacing very large and many returns being inserted even between letters in a word. I’m working on it. And the “Comments” area is really not built yet.
The Israel attacks on the Hamas military are apparently having success. Hamas, though heretofore unwilling to accept any cease fire, even those offered by other Muslim nations, has finally ceased or almost ceased firing the rockets.
Total Hamas rockets fired at Israel since the beginning of Protective Edge: 3,500
But Israel says Hamas has reduced launches to save their remaining supply, that they haven’t fired, still have half, some 1,700 rockets hidden.
I almost never watch CNN because it is so totally liberally biased. But on Saturdays Fox News is all markets, usually of no interest to me, no regular news, so I turn on CNN.
CNN this morning is nothing but an anti-Israel propaganda barrage, a disgusting continuous unbroken stream of anti-Israel reports including video of the damage, even injured victims in hospitals in Gaza, without a single mention of all the Palestinian attacks on Israel, without mention that Hamas stores and shoots the weapons from family homes, schools, hospitals to maximize the carnage shown to the world to increase pressure on Israel to submit, to commit national suicide.
I presume my attitude is the same as yours: I value, care for, love every Palestinian just as much as I do every Israeli. I have contributed to the welfare of Palestinians. When I visited Israel last fall, we visited the West Bank including a Palestinian college, finding the Palestinians there gracious and totally respectable; we much enjoyed the nice lunch they served us.
Of course my care for persons has a qualification: I do not value, care for, love any person who intends harm to an innocent person. I will act myself and support those who act to do whatever is necessary to stop anyone intent on harming an innocent person.
But the Palestinians (maybe not even the Palestinians but just the Hamas terrorists among them) intentionally murder innocent Israeli civilians, while Israel only defends itself, making major precautions and sacrifices to do as little harm to civilians as possible. That is the stark distinction between Palestinians and Israelis, the reason I approve and support Israel attacking Gaza, though I, with the Israelis, supremely regret every injury or damage to innocent Palestinians. Certainly I will again contribute to the recovery of Palestinian civilians after this action is finished.
Israel’s continuing stream of reports of action, casualties and rocket attacks:
Facts and figures news from Israel:
Rather outside of the point of the above: To those who criticize Israel for taking the Palestinians’ valuable homeland away from them, I suggest this little summary and quote from Mark Twain’s very stark description of Palestine when he visited there in 1867:
All of us need to tell our congress members and senators and the president that we want Israel supported!
And seeing the preposterous anti-Israel reactions in the world, we must work together to elect a new government which will re-assert our strong and beneficial position in the world, and from within that context work to regain the respect and friendship of the world.
I point out with reluctance that Obama’s isolationist withdrawal from world involvement, that has brought worldwide chaos, seems to me to be similar to the isolationist positions advocated by some of our more radical conservative friends.