A Guide to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Learn how to help Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

  • 7,978
    DaveS
    10/13/2023

    What is sad about Israel-Hamas is civilian people are in between hard place and a rock. Hamas attacks Israel, what do they think would happen? Obviously any religious group that supports and promotes the killing of people that believe differently, should be on the a terrorist list. The orthodox Church in Russia, Isis, Hamas, Iran religious group and others are all terrorist organizations. We in this country have our own religious problem! Religion spreads hatred, wars against the people of the world. So much for peace!

  • 94.7k
    LeslieG
    10/13/2023

    Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk refuses to admit Hamas planned or killed civilians claiming they might have been mistaken for soldiers in an interview with The Economist in Doha (Qatar). He also contradicts himself denying they killed civilians but also refusing to release civilian hostages. And he shows magical thinking when he says all Israelis are dual passport holders when most are now Israeli born and they should just return to their original countries., and that the Israeli military are cowards. The other thing that is clear is that the political leadership of Hamas living abroad is out of touch with the militia back hoe carrying out terrorists acts which will make negotiations by Qataris and Saudis challenging when Hamas political leadership is living in La La Land.

    "Nothing he could say would ever justify it. But he could not even explain it. On October 10th Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior member of the Hamas politburo, sat down for an hour-long interview with The Economist at a nondescript building in Doha, the Qatari capital. He spoke three days after the Palestinian Islamist group carried out the worst attack in Israel’s history, massacring more than 1,200 people."

    "Israel’s retaliatory air strikes have killed more than 900 Palestinians. Its army is preparing for a probable ground invasion of Gaza. The coming weeks will bring more bloodshed on both sides—and, perhaps, the end of Hamas rule in Gaza. At such a pivotal moment for his people, though, Mr Abu Marzouk had little to say that Hamas leaders have not said many times before."

    "First is a near-total unwillingness to admit that Hamas killed innocent civilians. The group, he says, “obeys all international and moral laws” and its main target was “military posts”. The stories that emerged from places like Be’eri, a kibbutz in southern Israel where militants went door-to-door and slaughtered more than 100 Israelis in their homes, 10% of its population, show otherwise."

    "As for the 260 partygoers gunned down at a music festival, he says that was a “coincidence”; that they might have looked to their attackers like soldiers “resting”. The claim is so risible it does more to flaunt the crime than cover up the truth."

    "Regardless of their politics, most people around the world were horrified by the scenes of carnage in Israel. Muslims have pointed to a hadith, a saying of the prophet Muhammad, which decrees that fighters should not kill women and children or even cut down trees. Hamas, an Islamist group that touts and imposes piety, seems to lack such compunctions: Mr Abu Marzouk acknowledges that some civilians were killed but argues that it is Israel’s “responsibility” and says that “we were victims before them.”

    "Second is a sense that even much of the Hamas leadership was kept in the dark about plans for the assault. Asked whether he knew about it in advance, Mr Abu Marzouk suggests he was not informed: “No, we didn’t know the time.” This would not be surprising. Because it is so difficult to enter and exit Gaza, Hamas prefers to keep some of its political leaders abroad. There has always been tension between the inside and outside groups. Those in Gaza tend to look down on coddled compatriots who enjoy five-star hotels in Doha."

    "That tension has only grown since 2017, when Yahya Sinwar was elected as the group’s leader inside Gaza. Along with Muhammad Deif, the Hamas military chief, and a handful of fellow hardliners, most of whom are also in Gaza, he has consolidated power within the group and marginalised its expatriate wing."

    "Mr Abu Marzouk also denies press reports that Iran either masterminded or helped to plan the attack: “Iran has no relation to this situation,” he says. That claim can rightly be treated with scepticism. Iran provides financial and military support to Hamas; it certainly had some relation to the rampage. Still, both Hamas officials and the Israeli army spokesman are on the record as denying that Iran ordered or organised the assault."

    "Third...lack of any vision. In response to a question about what Hamas hoped to achieve, Mr Abu Marzouk rattles off a list of Israeli misdeeds: confiscating land, building illegal settlements. “They closed all the doors, they caused the two-state solution to fail,” he says. He is not wrong about the daily abuses and indignities of occupation, nor Israel’s role in scuttling the peace process. But he has no explanation for how murdering hundreds of civilians might improve the plight of Palestinians."

    "He is categorical about some specifics: Hamas will not, he asserts, execute any hostages, nor will it release any Israeli civilians. It is too early to talk about prisoner swaps."

    "But as the conversation goes on, he ventures into conspiracy and fantasy. Israelis should just leave and go back to their homelands: “All of them have dual citizenship,” he says (in fact most Israelis are native-born and hold no other passport). He praises the October 8th attack in Alexandria, in which an Egyptian policeman shot dead two Israeli tourists, and urges all Arabs and Muslims to help “liberate Jerusalem and Palestine”. He calls Israel a “Western project” that would one day vanish."

    "The actions of Hamas on October 7th changed the region. Yet the rhetoric of Hamas seems frozen in time: your correspondent has heard almost identical language from countless officials over the past 15 years. Victory is always imminent, and until then the 2m Palestinians in Gaza will endure their lot. Many will tell you in private that they have no faith in Hamas. But they live in an authoritarian one-party state that affords no chance to change their leaders."

    "Israel erred for years in thinking that Hamas had lost interest in large-scale conflict. But Hamas seems to have made its own error. At one point Mr Abu Marzouk seemed to dismiss the possibility of a serious Israeli offensive in Gaza. “We know that they are cowards,” he says. “We know that they can’t fight on the ground.” That miscalculation may now threaten its grip on power."

    https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2023/10/11/a-hamas-leader-refuses-to-admit-his-group-planned-to-kill-civilians

  • 94.7k
    LeslieG
    10/13/2023

    Hoping Qataris and Saudis can intervene and convince Hamas to trade hostages for Palestinians Israeli prisons in the best interests of the 2.2M Palestinians living in Gaza since, they have peace agreements with Israel to promote business and economy, fund Palestinian humanitarian needs and don't want Iran funding extremists in their countries like Lebanon (Hezbollah) or Palestinians (Hamas).

  • 1,391
    Reilly
    10/13/2023

    Oh, we were just "governing" Gaza. Nothing to see here. 

     

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2023/10/12/hamas-mastermind-guest-kiley-pkg-ac360-hnk-vpx.cnn

  • 48.6k
    Brian
    10/11/2023

    Reilly's logic: 

    "Also, who did the people of Gaza elect to represent them? I'll answer it for you. They elected Hamas."

     

    So if that's how it works, the people of the United States elected Donald Trump in 2016 (supposedly), so all 300+M of us deserve to be attacked by Iran, who definitely had an axe to grind with Trump.

    Or the people of the US elected Joe Biden in 2020 (for real), so all 300+M of us deserve to be attacked by Russia, who definitely hates Joe Biden.

     

    I guess that's the logic we're operating on now.

     

  • 48.6k
    Brian
    10/11/2023

    There's no easy solution here.

    I support Israel's right to defend itself and to repel and destroy Hamas.

    However, I wish it didn't have to come at the cost of innocent lives in the Gaza Strip. 

    Any real solution to this problem beyond eradicating Hamas must also include establishing a safe and permanent peace for the Palestinian people free from Jewish occupation and encroachments, and I don't know how that will happen with the current Israeli leadership.