The Latest: Iran Strikes Israel, World Leaders Urge No Retaliation

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

  • 93.1k
    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/

  • 6,656
    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.

  • 47.4k
    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.

  • 7,809
    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

  • 2,405
    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.

  • 6,656
    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.

  • 8,967
    Charles
    02/13/2024

    Stop the funding and a cease fire would happen.

  • 5,174
    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¢.

  • 1,243
    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

  • 1,008
    Harry
    Voted Sad
    last Wednesday

    The United States should have already sent Isreal, Ukraine and Taiwan their requested armaments 

     

    Get off the dime support our Allies.

  • 596
    Arnold
    last Wednesday

    Is it true that Joe put a note on the last pallet of cash he sent to Iran that read, Not for terrorism Don't. That seemed to work if true. lol

  • 1,348
    Leslie
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    Israel attacks Iranian embassy and we do nothing. Iran hits back and we go ballistic. This problem is the result of a one sided policy toward Israel for the past 40 years. The United States has earned the hatred of the Arab world 

  • 93.1k
    LeslieG
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    The Iranian attack on Israel was defended by American, British, French and Arab country war planes even though Israel triggered the attack when it bombed the Iranian embassy in Syria killing 7 Iranians. Now the same partners that defended Usrael in the skies has asked Israel not to retaliate but Israel is ignoring them, and considering an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. Gee, what could possibly go wrong bombing a nuclear facility [sarcasm] in addition to losing international support.

    The US should continue support of Israel's Defense but only weapons need to support the boundaries of Israel (Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow systems) and nothing to bomb Iran, Gaza, West Bank, and if Israel chooses to bomb countries outside its borders against its partners wishes it should be left to its own devices and consequences.

    Israel would be wise to work with its partners which BiBi has never done and instead tried to force partners with end runs around Presidents and Prime Ministers to legislative bodies. Bennett Ganz, the opposition leader is proposing to work with partners and retaliate later as other ways emerge.

    European countries are moving to recognize Palestine implementing the 2 state solution without Israel's involvement.

    A UN resolution created Israel so it can also create Palestine. Hopefully Israel participates but if BiBi chooses not to then Israel needs new leadership,

    " That was astoundingly unprecedented. American, British, French, and an assortment of Arab countries’ warplanes and air defenses teamed up with Israel to block Iran’s massive wave of missiles and drones."

    " While Israeli war cabinet consultations are secret, we can confirm that the group of five top decision-makers was moving toward ordering a powerful retaliation against sites in Iran—some connected with that country’s nuclear program—that have been on Israel’s standby target list for years."

    "Yet Biden, in that phone call late Saturday night, told Netanyahu to take the win; to be thrilled that the unique combination of allies, including even Saudi Arabia, protected Israel."

    " Biden wisely praised Israel’s own air force and anti-missile defenses, such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow systems that have enjoyed bipartisan financial support from Congress and are partially manufactured by American contractors."

    " And then came the sting: Biden said that if Israel attacks Iran’s territory, then Israel is doing that on its own. No American participation. And the instant alliance with Arabs and Europeans might fade away like a desert mirage. We should note that for years, U.S. officials have privately said they think Netanyahu is trying to maneuver America into joining a destructive attack on Iran’s nuclear program, while the U.S. consistently counsels restraint."

    " Benny Gantz has carved out a middle ground that seems sensible. Gantz is leading in Israeli political opinion polls, and his views are respected, as he is a former military chief of staff and served as defense minister to Netanyahu before turning against the prime minister. Gantz says Israel clearly has the right to retaliate and should plan to do so—but at a wise time of its own choosing. First, he suggests, build up the international coalition against Iran. Don’t spoil it. Eventually, good opportunities to harm Iran will become apparent."

    "Currently, only eight of the 27 EU members recognise Palestine as a state: Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Sweden and Cyprus. If Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta join them, the number of EU members that recognise the Palestinian state will go up to 12"

    "Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez, who has visited several countries in the past few days on a diplomatic campaign to garner support for the initiative, reiterated his plan to recognise Palestinian statehood in the coming months."

    "Portugal will support a full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state in an upcoming General Assembly vote, it would wait for the EU to work out a common stance on the matter before moving forward."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2024/4/12/are-more-european-nations-finally-moving-to-recognise-palestine-statehood

    https://amp.theguardian.com/world/live/2024/apr/15/middle-east-crisis-live-news-iran-drone-attack-israel-latest-updates

    https://time.com/6967124/u-s-defended-israel-retaliation-iran/

  • 8,967
    Charles
    last Tuesday

    No more US funds for arms purchase.

    Use for humanitarian efforts.

    The US. did provide help when Iran attempted to reach Israel.

  • 2,929
    Arlys
    Voted Apathetic
    last Tuesday

    Just more "power play" that has been going on for thousands of years while making the so-called corporate miliutary complexes rollong in the profits.  We should just stay out of it and allow them to kill each other off.  No matter how you look atit, it just boils down to power and money.  Neither is good for the human soul.

  • 1,868
    Dawn
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    NO RETALIATION??? SERIOUSLY???? ISRAEL ATTACKED IRAN FIRST! 

     

    ISRAEL IS ALSO COMMITTING GENOCIDE! OTHER COUNTRIES ARE CONDEMNING THEM FOR IT, BUT WE'RE JUST SITTING HERE HELPING THEM!!!

  • 47.4k
    Brian
    Voted Apathetic
    last Tuesday

    Israel has every right to defend itself, but the Iran strike was in response to Israel's attack on an Iranian outpost, so technically Israel started it. We still have no evidence that Iran had any direct involvement in October 7, no matter the relationship between Iran and Hamas. 

    If Israel, that suffered practically no damage the other night from Iran's attacks, chooses to attack Iran directly, they will be escalating this and should stand on their own. The US does not want to be involved in a regional war in the Middle East. We have done enough, especially since we are still selling arms and ammunition to Israel.

    If Netanyahu and his extreme allies want a regional war, then they should answer to the Israeli people, not drag us into it.

  • 2,728
    George
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    Everyone is wrong! 

  • 2,222
    JERRE
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    What is our response. Support Israel and do not offend Michigan voters. Biden has a 2 state solution ---Nevada and Michigan.

  • 2,592
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Sad
    last Tuesday

    America has no business interfering with what Israel does for their people. 

    Hamas must free the hostages,  if any are alive.

  • 427
    Nan
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    The US needs to stop the blind unquestioning support of Israel. We should be withdrawing all support to Israel. Iran's response was a result Israel's aggression. We should not support Israeli push to increase aggression.

     

    the US needs to force Israel to stop the genocide and aggression and take steps toward peaceful resolution and a two state solution.

  • 427
    Nan
    Voted Angry
    last Tuesday

    Irans attack on Israel was in response to Israel's attack on their embassy. They've both had a turn. Time for Israel to stand down. Netanyahu and his admin can only continue to be a billing because he has the US and most NATO countries standing behind him.

     

    the US population are tired of supporting Israel.

  • 794
    Billy
    Voted Angry
    04/13/2024

    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. 

  • 3,455
    Surender
    Voted Angry
    04/12/2024

    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 

  • 8,967
    Charles
    04/11/2024

    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

  • 25.5k
    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.