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Counting bullets in Gaza-Israel exchange

If you watched the Hamas frogmen coming ashore in Israel and the Israelis response, you witnessed four dangerous terrorists coming with intention to inflict death and destruction. They were met with overpowering force. The caliber of cannon fire couldn’t be determined by watching, but it wasn’t rifle rounds or even machine gun bullets that peppered the beach. Those rounds were huge and it didn’t take a direct hit to destroy the advancing terrorists. They were blown up by ricochets.

Israel bombs Gaza
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What is the point?

Hamas are firing hundreds of rockets from the Gaza enclave into Israel. Israel has more than sufficient firepower to destroy Hamas, and unfortunately a whole lot of civilians will die too because collateral damage is great in the’s all ricochets.
Every Arab civilian death creates a multiplier in the number of terrorists and Israelis-haters created. Likewise, every rocket into Israel, and every death by Palestinians creates more hate and resentment.

The way forward is for the combatants to realize that they are all from the same heritage. The small space on which too many people want to live must be addressed with a common government, and not multiple nations. Here is what is required:

  1. Reset and recalibrate expectations: There should be one nation and one government, Israel to govern what is Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank as a united nation.
  2. There may be states within the nation of Israel that represent diverse populations and their unique needs with equal representation based on population.
  3. To address a comprehensive nation state solution, the free world and Arab world must join in collaboration to support the outcome.
  4. A determination must be made about what will constitute a sustainable economy in the nation based on population size and demographics as a well as availability of sustainable resources.
  5. Such a determination will likely indicate that there are too many people vying for the small space and that policies must be rendered to manage population size and to address displaced persons, and persons who are not actually “displaced” but for which their resident nations have not properly assimilated them as citizens, and for which subjects must agree with assimilation.

The latter is a complex problem, but definable and solvable when the first thing is accomplished: Create one nation to deal with it.
Stop counting bullets, and address the core problem. Producing sustainable economies under democratic government rule that respects the rights of diverse inhabitants is the way forward. When religious beliefs get in the way of that, they have lost their humanitarian purpose.

“Two Israelis hurt as Palestinian rocket slams into home in south; Gazans launch 50 rockets

07/12/2014 11:52

Two Israelis were injured on Saturday just moments after a Palestinian rocket slammed into a home in the Gaza frontier town of Netivot.

The injuries, which are not considered serious, occurred as they were running toward bombproof shelters.
The IDF retaliated by killing the Palestinians who launched the rockets toward Netivot.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket fire at Israel on Saturday, the fifth day of Operation Protective Edge.
After a relatively quiet overnight, Israelis in the western Negev, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and the Shfela region awoke to the sounds of sirens. Most of the 50 or so rockets fell in uninhabited areas, while media reports indicate at least one rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome.

The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted a rocket over Rehovot, while others fell in open areas near the city. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The renewed barrage comes one day after two Israelis were lightly injured when a Palestinian rocket struck a home in Beersheba. One of the injured, an 80-year-old woman, was rushed to Soroka Medical Center.”

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