The Latest: Gaza Heads for Famine as Israel Enters New Phase of War

How do you feel about the U.S. response so far?

  • 98.2k
    LeslieG
    Voted Angry
    10/13/2023

    Haven't seen any humanitarian corridors established to provide Palestians with food, water, drugs, fuel nor safe areas designated, especially all existing hospitals.

    While Israel has a right to defend itself and the US has armed Israel over the years ($3B/year) it does not have a right to bomb Palestians civilians and infrastructure which is not only a war crime but escalatory as Hezbollah may join the fray in the north even if Lebanon and Jordan don't officially.

    Asking 1M civilians to evacuate in 24 hr is not feasible even if they all had cars, had a place to go, and roads that were not bombed. Think about the planning that goes into US evacuations for fires and hurricanes where 2-3M people are involved that happen over days, to shelters with provisions where everyone has a vehicle.

    Time to remind Israel about the rules of war, and  not destroying civilians or non-military infrastructure.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/hurricane-ian-florida-evacuation-orders-zones/671612/

  • 2,443
    Martha
    Voted Apathetic
    10/09/2023

    To tell the truth, I'm not sure how I feel.  While, I don't condone the attack, I know that Israel is not innocent as they have launched attacks in the past that seemed unprovoked (although I don't live over there so I can't really say for sure that the past attacks on Gaza were without provocation).  All I know is that both sides have acted like spoiled toddlers and need to sit down like real adults and work out some solution that benefits both sides.  Obviously, Gaza has reasons to not like or trust Israel and likewise Israel has reasons to not like or trust Gaza, but at some point this shit has to stop to stop the senseless killing on both sides.

  • 1,847
    RoyB
    10/09/2023

    I read the whole comments.  I will look at another alternative.

    The enmity between Israel and Hamas is complex and multifaceted, butI believe that religion and claims to religious buildings certainly play a role.

    Both Israel and Hamas are religious movements with strong ties to Judaism and Islam, respectively. Jews believe that the land of Israel is promised to them by God, while Muslims believe that Jerusalem is the third holiest city in Islam. The Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem is sacred to both Jews and Muslims, and competing claims to the site have been a source of tension and violence for centuries.

    So one could say the war going on is because of religion and land grab on both sides.  

    I don't know what the solution is other than for them to grow up and realize religions are not good reasons to go war.  Historically, many wars happened because of religions.  

  • 3,379
    Steph
    Voted Sad
    02/07/2024

    IDF continues to lie.  "They beheaded babies"  Not True.

    "There's tunnells underneath this cemetary for HAMAS"  Not true, just an excuse to dig up dead bodies and dump them like garbage on the border for psychological warfare.

     

    IDF Murder and Torture Porn Channel (Compared to Horrors of Abu Ghraib)   and they tru to excuse themselves.

     

    NO other country would be given a free pass for all of this, and neither should they.

     

     

     

  • 5,254
    Adam
    Voted Happy
    02/09/2024

    Okay, as a liberal, but also as a Jewish person, I've tried to avoid commenting on this site, but here's the thing, as I see it:
    1) you can support Israel without agreeing with its government. Frankly, I think Netanyahu is a real asshole. And that's despite the fact that we both graduated from the same high school. However, I support Israel's right to exist and defend itself against those who would see to destroy it.
    2) you can support the Palestinians without being antisemitic. I do, in fact. However, check your history. There's a reason the West Bank and Gaza strip exist and it's not because the ancestors of the current residents thought they would be nice vacation spots. Read up on Jordan's and Egypt's roles in creating these two sectors and how they responded to Palestinian requests for asylum after Israel's victory in 1948.
    3) you cannot support Hamas without being antisemitic. Or kind of horrible. As a billboard I saw the other day said, "There is no excuse for kidnapping, rape, and murder." No matter how sympathetic you may find the Palestinian cause (it is) or how horrible you may find Israel's current administration (they are), what happened on October 7 cannot be justified. Nor can a call for completely obliterating a sovereign state.

    Anyway, my 2¢.

  • 727
    Keyless
    Voted Excited
    10/17/2023

    Biden is correct. An Israeli ground invasion of Gaza could very well prove to be a collosal mistake.

    There is a good chance of it proving counterproductive in terms of subdoing Hamas;

    A good chance of serious unintended consequences,

    A chance of it sparking a larger confilct in the region, including possible world war;

    And finally, a full scale invasion in civilian territory will likely paint Israel in a very negative light internationally.

  • 8,533
    larubia
    Voted Angry
    10/09/2023

    I'm saddened by recent events and worried about the implications for the United States and our NATO allies. Although this attack seemingly did not make intelligence agency's radar, it's been brewing for a while & Isreal is not blameless, in my opinion. 

    This region has been fought over for centuries, because of religion. I find it ironic that the major tenet of each of these religions is, in a sense, "the Golden Rule".

     

    Here is a brief history:

    https://youtu.be/m19F4IHTVGc?si=2g7tcaPsWPsNfu-w

  • 51.3k
    Brian
    Voted Apathetic
    10/13/2023

    It sounds more and more like Israel is about to commit mass casualties, possibly genocide, in Gaza starting as soon as their morning tomorrow.

    The international community and our US leadership needs to speak out loudly and strongly that while the horrors of last weekend were abominable and terrorism cannot be accepted, the destruction of human lives in retribution and in violation of international law is completely unacceptable.

    Netanyahu has long been a right-wing extremist when it comes to treatment of the Palestinian people, and it looks like he's finally found his reason to carry out his darkest impulses. 

    May God have mercy on the people of Gaza.

  • 46
    Amy
    11/05/2023

    We need to use our power and influence to stop the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza Strip. Too many innocents are dying.

  • 367
    IndyVoter
    Voted Sad
    10/10/2023

    i ask my 2 Senators to Vote for any Legislation OR Military Aid that will help to Support the only Democratic Nation in the Middle East to Defend Itself Against Terrorist attacks. Military aid to  Israel is vital to the US. 

     

  • 37
    Rebecca
    Voted Happy
    10/10/2023

    The President and many advisers are working around the clock to advocate for both hostages and Israel. Palestinian people need to be heard but do not need representation by Hamas -or Iran or other outside groups.

  • 443
    Dennis
    Voted Excited
    11/28/2023

    I think Biden and his team are handling the crisis about as well as possible. Thank God he's our Prez, as Trump would likely have had us in WW 3 by now.

    I recognize that Biden's robust support of Israel visa vee Hamas has not gone down well in some quarters, but as Jennifer Rubin pointed out in a brilliant column the other day, Biden's experienced enough to realize that the only way the US would have any significant leverage over Israel is to publicly support it (within the "rules" of war"), while privately urging its leaders to make every effort to minimize civilian casualties, allow aid to Gaza, agree to a pause in hostilities to allow for critical hostage exchanges and support a 2 state solution. I'm persuaded that without Biden's robust behind the scenes activity the current extended pause, significant exchange of hostages and increased aid to the innocent Palestinians in Gaza would not have occurred. That said, the tragic loss of innocent lives in Israel as well as Gaza is appalling, and the US needs to keep up the pressure to end this war as soon as possible, cripple Hamas and push all parties to embrace the long sought 2 state solution. Otherwise, many more innocent lives in Gaza and otherwise will be tragically lost and the crisis will continue to fester for at least another generation.

  • 3,835
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    last Thursday

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    draw your own conclusions 

  • 3,835
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    last Wednesday

    https://aje.io/ahpfao

    your money

    american munitions

    zionist killers

    equal

    genocide

    shame on admin

    shame on congress 

  • 3,835
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    07/02/2024

  • 299
    Douggie76
    Voted Angry
    07/02/2024

    We MUST stop this!!! STOP ALL WEAPONS & FUNDS FROM HELPING kill the people in Gaza!!!! Please cease fire NOW!! MAKE SURE AID gets to the people in Gaza!!!

  • 5
    Macy
    Voted Angry
    06/30/2024

    I am disgusted by our continuous support in Israel, allowing their government and military to actively murder thousands of innocent civilians and children in the name of "protecting" theirselves. It is a pathetic attempt at justifying their extermination of Palestinians and taking over their land. I am appalled that my tax dollars are going towards a government that uses them to further supply Israel's weapons of mass destruction and death. Use your voices to belong on the right side of history and stand up for those who are dying due to our contributions towards their murderers. If you have any heart at all this should come easy to you.

  • 164
    millepilot
    Voted Angry
    06/28/2024

    why is it that the u.s. with all it's so called wisdom and might continually gets it wrong.  there are way too many atrocities to list here so i'll mention only one.  the u.s. stood by with its thumb up its butt for years as apartheid was hip and trendy in south africa.  the u.s. has continued this trend for years in regards to the Palestinian people and now support the ongoing murder as well.  i wouldn't vot for you people if i was paid.  i know it doesn't matter to you but i had to say it.

  • 1,033
    Harry
    Voted Sad
    06/28/2024

    The United States has citizens held hostage by Hamas.

    The Administration dithered and still is dithering. Hamas broke a long standing truce on October 7th. The administration can not get food or medical supplies into Gaza. It can not protect citizens and its intelligence network was caught flatfooted by attack.

    The US has satellites that can map buried nuclear sites they shouls be able to identify tunnels used by Hamas. The should be giving Isreal listening devices used in Vietnam to find North Vietnamese tunnel builders.

  • 2,272
    JERRE
    Voted Angry
    06/27/2024

    Biden plays delivery games to appease anti semite voters

  • 582
    joyce
    Voted Apathetic
    06/26/2024

    America is doing all it can because Netanyahu is gonna do what he wants. He's a jewish trump. Biden cannot make him do anything he doesn't wanrt to do and in the process thousands of INNOCENT people are dying. HAMAS is WRONG on all levels and they do not care about their own people. Israel does not care about them either. It's so sad. 

  • 2,619
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Angry
    06/26/2024

    America needs to support Israeli efforts to defend their country

  • 325
    Linda
    Voted Apathetic
    06/26/2024

    More needs to be done to stop the killing of civilans & much more aide is needed. The starvation needs to stop. get food & medical supplies into Gaza.

  • 254
    Brad
    Voted Happy
    06/26/2024

    Hamas terrorist must pay the price!

  • 101
    Phyllis
    Voted Angry
    06/19/2024

    The excuses don't hold up anymore, Americans rescued a couple hostages and hundreds of civilians didn't die!  Netyahu is genocidal just like hitler was.....enough!  Curtail military supplies, nothing else is getting through to him.

     

  • 2,237
    wpeckham
    Voted Angry
    06/18/2024

    Israel is guilty of war crimes that we would publicly condemn if committed by any other nation!  And we are HELPING them, making the US look as guilty!  Please do whatever you can to stop this insane war!  HAMAZ needs to be punished, but that does not justify the murder of thousands of innocent palestinian, aid worker, and journalist lives.

  • 9,086
    Charles
    Voted Sad
    06/14/2024

    Stop funding arms.  work towards 2 seperate states.

  • 9,086
    Charles
    Voted Sad
    06/14/2024

    The US must stop sending Iseral funds for arms.Tax payers not pleased with so much destruction and needless deaths.

  • 610
    Arnold
    Voted Apathetic
    06/13/2024

    A public service announcement for people of Gaza. Don't hide hostages in your house or IDF will come calling.

  • 1,183
    Donna
    Voted Happy
    06/12/2024

    First of all, it's been proven that the Palestinian Health Authority a/k/a Hamas, has inflated death figures purposely to get people aroung the world to feel sorry for them! Sadly they brought this upon themselves by having attacked Israel for over 75 years! Hamas started this war, not Israel! Hamas is keeping those hostages in people's homes, so to rescue them, inocents will die! That's Hamas's plan! The Palestinians were to make the West Bank their home, but there were no strong leaders there, and it's failing! Instead, terrorist groups like Hamas & Hezbollah arer still attacking Israel, and them play "Poor Me" when Israel strikes back in defense!! Hamas has hidden themselves amongst the innocent purposely, so when Israel strikes back at the point of attack, the innocent will die! As for the U.S. trying to broker a deal amongst the parties, both sides have to agree! The U.S. can't MAKE another country follow the plan, they can suggest a plan! Hamas will not speak with the Israeli government to work out a peace plan! To Hamas, the only answer is a total destruction of Israel! Hamas has already lost at least 3 wars with Israel, but still they attack, even now! The U.S.hs done all it can,but Israel will not tolerate, "From the River to the sea Palestine will be free!" Palestine has always had the option to be free in the West Bank but chose NOT TO ACCEPT that! I am now beginning to believe Israel should be saying, "From the river to the sea, Israel will be free." No one has questioned why the other Middle Eastern countries don't want the Palestinians, for that is why Jordan, before it became it's own country refused to allow Palestinians in the area, as the UN had planned! So, if the Palestinian groups continue to attack Israel, they are asking for a loss of life! If an animal continues to bite you, you put it down. Maybe that's what Israel should do to these Palestinian terrorists!

  • 1,033
    Harry
    Voted Sad
    06/12/2024

    I am distrustful of any count of injuries or death from Hamas. These counts have been shown to be exaggerated.

     

    Why is Hamas using Civilians as shields?

  • 1,234
    Dennis
    Voted Apathetic
    06/12/2024

    Eliminaite all P.L.O from river to sea.