The Latest: Israel Kills Aid Workers, Death Toll Passes 30,000

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

  • 92.6k
    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/

  • 6,644
    Bruce
    Voted Sad
    10/10/2023

    Unfortunately, the U.S. response is the same as every other time that Palestinians have lashed out against Israel for the terrible Apartheid treatment they've suffered.  

    This retaliation will not provide any positive results, but the Palestinians' suffering has reached a breaking point.  

    The U.S. must become an advocate for justice for both sides--not a cheerleader for Israel.

  • 46.9k
    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.

  • 1,842
    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.  

  • 709
    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.

  • 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.

  • 7,728
    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

  • 2,401
    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.

  • 6,644
    Bruce
    Voted Sad
    11/09/2023

    Money talks...  

    President Biden needs to threaten to withdraw monetary support for the Israeli GENOCIDE of Palestinians  civilians in Gaza and the West Bank unless Israel accepts a Ceasefire...  

    Let the UN provide for the needs of the surviving Ppalestinians.

  • 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.

  • 5,172
    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¢.

  • 1,210
    Reilly
    Voted Excited
    10/13/2023

    Good on the President for saying what he said. 

     

    President Biden called Hamas' attack on Israel "pure unadulterated evil," as he vowed, "We stand with Israel."

    "We'll make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of itself," Biden said Tuesday from the White House.

    Hamas militants attacked Israel on Saturday, killing more than 900 people, including at least 14 Americans. Israel has responded with a siege and heavy bombing of the Gaza Strip.

    "Like every nation in the world, Israel has the right to respond — indeed has a duty to respond — to these vicious attacks," Biden said.

    Biden has expressed full-throated support for Israel in the wake of what he and his officials have described as terrorist attacks.

     

    https://www.npr.org/2023/10/10/1204861972/biden-will-address-the-nation-on-the-israel-attack

  • 794
    Billy
    Voted Angry
    Today at 2:06 AM

    After much deliberation, maybe we should offer a cease fire and a 2 state solution to the Palestinians.  This agreement would be conditional on all of the hostages being released unharmed. 

    The agreement should also come with admitting Israel into NATO.  This would ensure another attack on Israel would be met with the full force of the us and European militaries. 

  • 3,447
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    Yesterday at 11:57 PM

    12 april 2024

    Israeli settlers storm West Bank village, setting cars and homes ablaze

    zionist takeover of palestine almost complete - just burning up few remnants

    Systematic & planned genocide 

    cycles will repeat

    history will repeat 

    somehow somewhere 

    shame on US participation 

  • 8,939
    Charles
    Voted Angry
    last Thursday

    Stop the ARMS,provide the AIDE!!!!!

  • 18
    successchica
    Voted Angry
    04/06/2024

    🚨 Urgent Call to Action: It's time for the U.S. to stand for peace in Gaza. 🚨

    The heart-wrenching news from Gaza, with a death toll surpassing 30,000, including aid workers, demands immediate action. We can't stand idly by.

    Here's what needs to change NOW:
    - Demand an immediate ceasefire. Lives are at stake.
    - Stop military aid and weapons sales to Israel. Our support must promote peace, not conflict.
    - Implement sanctions against those violating human rights and international laws.
    - The U.S. must stop being complicit. Our actions should reflect our commitment to human rights and the sanctity of all lives.

    This is about humanity. Our policies and support should pave the way for peace and protect civilians. We urge our representatives to take a stand for what's right. 🕊️

    #PeaceForGaza #HumanRights #CeasefireNow #EndViolence

  • 25.3k
    Frank_001
    Voted Angry
    04/06/2024

    Nancy Pelosi Among 40 Democrats Demanding Biden Halt Weapons to Israel

    https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/nancy-pelosi-house-democrats-biden-halt-weapons-israel-1234999947/

    <Quote>

     Following the killing of seven World Central Kitchen workers by an Israeli strike while delivering food to Gaza earlier this week, House Democrats wrote a letter on Friday to U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging them to halt the the transfer of weapons to Israel until a full investigation into the airstrike was completed.

    The letter, spearheaded by Reps. Mark Pocan, Jim McGovern and Jan Schakowsky, was signed by 40 lawmakers including Nancy Pelosiand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    “In light of this incident, we strongly urge you to reconsider your recent decision to authorize the transfer of a new arms package to Israel, and to withhold this and any future offensive arms transfers until a full investigation into the airstrike is completed,” wrote the representatives. “If this strike is found to have violated U.S. or international law, we urge you to continue withholding these transfers until those responsible are held accountable. We also urge you to withhold these transfers if Israel fails to sufficiently mitigate harm to innocent civilians in Gaza, including aid workers, and if it fails to facilitate – or arbitrarily denies or restricts – the transport and delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza.”

    <End Quote>

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  • 100
    millepilot
    Voted Angry
    04/04/2024

    you're all complicit with the execution of this genocide

  • 100
    millepilot
    Voted Angry
    04/04/2024

    you're all complacent in a genocide. tell that yo yiur children and grandchildren.

  • 210
    Joyce
    Voted Angry
    04/04/2024

    President Biden has been supporting the horrors perpetrated by Israel by refusing to impose consequences on Israel - Netanyahu and continuing to send military arms to them. Annialating an entire generation of Palestinians is the action of terrorists not a democratic government! How many violations for the conduct of war must be committed before our government imposes sanctions? Up until now I have admired the accomplishments of the Biden Presidency but he has not used the power of his office to prevent or restrict Netanyahu's barbarism and cruelty. This failure will definitely impact his legacy and historical image

  • 44
    MarkinFlorida
    Voted Happy
    04/03/2024

    I think we are giving Israel sufficient support but I am concerned that the hostages are still being held. I know the US is participating in the negotiations but still the hostages are not free. It is frustrating but I don't know what more America can do.

  • 999
    Harry
    Voted Sad
    04/04/2024

    The United States is not doing enough to support Isreal. It is important to remember that a peace treaty was enforced prior to October 7th attack across the border.

    Hamas as governing body of Gaza has put its population at risk and the population supports Hamas.

    In war there will be tragedy as well as humanity. What is Hamas doing to minimize civilian causalities?

    Get off the dime,  send more material support to both Ukraine and Isreal.

  • 620
    Mariann
    Voted Angry
    04/04/2024

    US must cease supporting the slaughter Israel is engaged in. It must cease being armed and supported by Biden

  • 3,447
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    04/04/2024

    Israel / Zionists there is such a thing called Karma

    targeted killing of civilians, journalists, aid workers is genocide

    You have systematically stolen palestine 

    Shame on you and ALL who assisted you in any way

    Shame on congress

    Shame on Biden Admin 

  • 302
    Nancy
    Voted Sad
    04/03/2024

    Way back on October 7, we did the right thing, President Biden flew over and stood by Bibi, a leader rocked by the violence. And then, after a while, the IDF violence revealed targeting of civilians in Gaza, and Bibi wasn't open to talking turkey I.E. ceasefire and return of hostages and two state solution. Next he basically began thumbing his nose at us, and still is, he'd prefer the orange idiot, so I say STOP giving Isreal anything!!!! No money, no guns, no politicial cover. Bibi has blood on his hands, and is a deseprte man trying to cling to power to avoid facing justice in the courts. That sounds so familiar somehow . . .

  • 2,588
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Apathetic
    04/03/2024

    America needs to mind its own business! 

  • 222
    Scott
    Voted Angry
    04/03/2024

    we need to stand up for the innocent people that are being pushed around be the IDF

  • 2,401
    Martha
    Voted Apathetic
    04/03/2024

    While I don't know what Biden is doing behind the scenes re. Israel, I'd like for him to be a bit more forceful publically in criticizing Israel for it's slash and burn approach.  That said, I don't know what else Biden can do.  He can't control the president of Israel (hell his own people can't do that).  All he can do is strongly condemn Israel for its approach and not send any aid to Israel (which so far Congress has not allowed).  But, at the end of the day, Biden can't control what other president's do or don't do.  So, unless Biden can manfacture a magic wand to get Israel to stop their indiscriminate killing, I don't know think all the anger directed at Biden is justified.  He's not God.

  • 758
    Jackie
    Voted Angry
    04/03/2024

    We continue to sell them weapons while they attempt to completely wipe out everyone in Gaza.  Totally unacceptable.  Time to stop this unacceptable behavior.  Grow pair and stand up for innocent people

  • 459
    Cj97603
    Voted Angry
    04/03/2024

    I could care less about the aid workers providing relief to the terrorist Palestinian and I say that because the Democrats paid causes , an indoctrination platform,  to send this to my email.

     

    The Palestinians are a hateful bunch of people. They are like Iran and chant death to jews and Americans. 

     

    They are our enemy and we provide aid to those evil people and we also provide weapons to our very important ally, Israel. 

     

    The Palestinians and Hamas attack, raped, killed innocent kids, and adults and brutally tortured them.

     

    All you sick liberals and fake news paid for by Blackrock,  Vanguard,  and State street are sheep.

     

    You liberals are sheep and enemy to about 270,000,000 Americans but the algorithm makes you seem relevant online, in society,  

     

    You are a f.n joke.

     

    Merkley and Wyden are jokes bought and paid for by Blackrock,  Vanguard,  and State street.

     

    You were bamboozled by their propaganda to hate Trump but Biden is what Trump was accused off. 

     

    Stop believing influencers and sock puppets.

     

    God bless President Trump and Let's go Brandon. 

  • 219
    Robert
    Voted Angry
    04/03/2024

    US Objectives in Gaza War: Avoid expanding conflict. Repatriate all the hostages. Avoid civilian casualties in Gaza. Help aid workers providing assistance. Participate in truce talks. Conclude hostilities with a postwar plan for Palestine.

    Score under Bibi. Zero out of six.

    Time to go.

  • 93
    Lumina
    Voted Angry
    04/03/2024

    It is time to stop paying Israel's bills!

    stop supporting this war