Some readers express revulsion at seeing Gaza teens struck by Israelis bombs while they played on the beach. First, Gaza citizens have been warned to evacuate the area. Second, they are in a battle zone. Three, it is ignorance and bad judgment to play on the beach in a war zone when Hamas terrorist frogmen have been attempting to enter Israel from the water and beach.
Hamas is a terrorist organization that gained power from a majority of Gaza citizens voting them into power. The consequence is that a majority of Gaza citizens became enemies of Israel with their willful decision. Gaza adult citizens decided with their votes to endanger their families and communities by aligning with radical extremists instead of pursuing a moderate path to peace.
The bleeding heart argument that puts images of wounded children ahead of the fact that Gaza adults decided to endanger them is propaganda and false advertising for Hamas terrorists.
During the ceasefire, an AP report via Fox News said that Hamas continued to fire mortar rounds and attempted an invasion. Hamas leaders don’t have adequate control or they simply can’t be trusted. Which gets to the main point, don’t negotiate with terrorists.
Rick Unger reported in Forbes why there should be exceptions to not negotiating with terrorists. It has to do with hostage taking, for instance.
“Why "We Don't Negotiate With Terrorists" No Longer Holds Up As Policy”
Overall, negotiating with terrorists in matters of territorial and political interests should not be acceptable because in the end their existence is unacceptable and intolerable.
Here is a list of terrorists with which the free world should not be negotiating:
There are hundreds.
Foreign Affairs says it succinctly:
“The argument against negotiating with terrorists is simple: Democracies must never give in to violence, and terrorists must never be rewarded for using it. Negotiations give legitimacy to terrorists and their methods and undermine actors who have pursued political change through peaceful means. Talks can destabilize the negotiating governments' political systems, undercut international efforts to outlaw terrorism, and set a dangerous precedent.”
Then, there is this caveat.
“The key objective for any government contemplating negotiations with terrorists is not simply to end violence but to do so in a way that minimizes the risk of setting dangerous precedents and destabilizing its political system. Given this dual goal, a number of conditions must be met in order for talks to have even a chance of success. Assuming that negotiations are appropriate in all cases would be no more valid a theory than one that assumes they never are.”
In the instance of Israel and Hamas, they had their chance to negotiate. They blew it time and again. Hamas remained committed to the destruction of Israel, an established nation. Hamas is a terrorist organization and that stance is forever intolerable. When Fatah aligned with Hamas, that compromised the integrity of Fatah.
“Israel says Hamas fires three mortars during humanitarian cease-fire window
Published July 17, 2014
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Israel's military said Hamas had fired three mortars into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip during a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire window Thursday.
The Israeli Defense Forces tweeted that the mortars hit the community of Eshkol. There was no immediate word of any injuries or damage. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfield had earlier told the Associated Press that two rockets fell in open areas in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries. Rosenfield said the rockets landed at 12 p.m. local time (5 a.m. Eastern Time), two hours after the cease-fire began.
It was not immediately clear whether the Israeli military would respond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report."