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TIME FOR PERMANENT PEACE

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There is no guarantees how a war may shape out once it is started.

Israel military's Operation Protective Edge has definitely shifted gears from stopping rockets raining from Gaza to Israel to humanitarian outcry around the world. There is no dispute Israel government must protect its citizen from these errant rockets, but it is another thing to pound and shred innocent civilians who have nothing to do with militant groups and their idiosyncrasy ideologies which has no place in civilized world.

The horrific bloody pictures of crying children and their mothers streaming from Gaza through both international and national televisions has shifted the odometer from Israel operation edge to humanitarian outcry. Blowing up the only power station in the strip serving over 1.7 million people and now those under UN care, including overcrowded hospitals does not give Israel any empathy. Most of the neighboring Arab states have been mute giving Israel operation a silent head nod to punish and completely neutralize the Hamas faction to never rise from rabbles to create turmoil among Palestinians who are ready for a two state co-existence.

The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a window of opportunity to turn this humanitarian disaster into an historical win. After ending the bombardment he should embark on a serious political solution to bring peace among Palestinians and Israels once and for all. Both parties must be serious and ready to tackle the most sensitive issues that have dogged the middle east peace talks for decades, including the assassinations of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in October 6th of 1981 and later highly decorated military general who became a Prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, November 4th of 1995. He believed then time was ripe to engineer the peace process together with another Israel stalwart statesman, Shimon Peres. Yitzhak Rabin broke all the barriers to achieve peace including the in-famous first hand-shake with Yasser Arafat of the PLO. And this is what brought about his assassination.

Now is the time to seize the moment and broker ever lasting peace to show the Hamas militants it can be done and the two communities can live side by side.

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