The rockets will continue to rain on Israel until they elect a prime minister who has the will and the courage to drive the Palestinians and Hamas out of Gaza and the West Bank. When George Bush gives back his Crawford,Texas ranch to the Native Americans is when peace will come to Israel. To the victor goes the spoils. Americans killed thousands of Indians during the conquest of the United States. The Indians that survived were placed in concentration camps euphemistically described as reservations where alcoholism and unemployment reigns. Since the Bureau of Indians Affairs has granted gambling casino licenses, some Indian tribes have prospered. Maybe gambling casinos are the solution for the Palestinians.
Robert Cabitt ,
Boston, MA, USA
2. Operation Pillar of Defense
The decisions re cease fire were painful indeed, and I do not envy the people who had to make them. I both realize the importance of a ground op, and was terrified of sending our boys into that Gehinnom. But I have a question. If we managed to "decimate" the rocket stores of Hamas in Gaza, how is it that the pace of missiles into the south never slowed and the total reached 1500 in 8 days? This sounds like a strong stock. And I am not sanguine that the Egyptians will really slow down access to new weapons very much.
3. Is Hamas SO OUT OF TOUCH?
Its MADNESS this DISPARITY between what the overblown Hamas Glitteraty say and what ORDINARY Gazans say about..Hamas
Talk to those whose lives have been ruined by this latest exchange
'Everytime we pick ourselves up work hard, sacrifice to provide and build a future for our children along come Hamas to start another war with Israel so everything crumbles around us again..and then they claim VICTORY!'
Are Hamas living on another planet or completely out of touch with Gaza?
Unless they change SOON...well Springtime is not far off
4. Pillars of wisdom
As an operation, pillars of security is an unqualified success despite instinctively
As Part of a bigger picture, it scored highly to rebuild confidence in our defence through Iron Dome, and improvements that we can expect
That frees us without any risk of being bogged down in a ground action , body bags, and international
wrath, to go for the main objective in Iran
So Well done the politicians that led the war, and bravo the IDF
Another alternative is Palestinian victory. When it happens you'll realize it was inevitable.
M. Mir ,
Houston US of A
6. #5 - you are the reason...
Your people are destined to live in hell forever. That is inevitable unless you agree to compromise and talk peace. Until then, Israel is a thriving, wonderful country. Our patience will not last forever. Eventually, all of you will be expelled unless you learn about peace.
7. #5-When pigs fly!
8. nice use of latin (end)
9. The Death of 1,000 Cuts
Alk this analysis for what was, and is, the obvious, the world will not let Israel "win" as Sheen says. Winning means unconditional surrender of 500m Arabs, with Turkey and Iran..
No way guys. 6m Jews and confused and divisive support by the Diaspora, negates any such wishful thinking.
Israel's fight is not the Pales...but the entire Muslim world. Syria/Egypt are not the main enemy now, but Turkey/Iran makes up for them. Libya andthe Sudan are aiding the goal of destroying the little Jewish state. Pluralistic thinking in Israel has worsened itsoutlook. Draft dodgers just provoke everyone else. US benefactors and their names on bldgs..well, what does that create? Assuming Israel fought another 5 weeks, so what?
Gaza has to be occupied in full, which Bibi flaws understandably.
and then, what about Hez, Iran, etc.
All Israel can do is keep thelid on so to speak..try to keep the violence down, and pick its spots. The Arafat nonsense, AND Pales trying to cross the borders into Israel..are part of the larger plan..the death of 1,000 cuts, as we Chinese like to say. Keep cutting Israel, and it will begin to bleed more profusely.
10. #1 Robert
That is without a doubt the stupidest talkback I have read to date.
Everyone is quick to blame the PM when in fact they have no idea what transpired. If you are getting your information from Fox News or CNN, or NBC
11. #2 SF
It was the long range rockets provided by Iran that were nearly completely destroyed. The smaller rockets that they have had for years continued to be well stocked. These do not pose as great a threat. This operation was a major defeat to Iran. hamass is just a proxy.
Many if not most of the smaller rockets are manufactured in the gaza strip.
12. hamas can be put down anytime
For now, don't take your eyes off iran. Netanyahu was right to not get drawn in to a long, resource intensive effort in gaza at this time. He severely degraded hamas' ability to retaliate for a strike on iran's nuclear facilities. Netanyahu would be smart to the same to hezbullah as well.
13. Not clever to send our troops2achieve exactly same result
Please dont think that the Hamas and the other rats and mice would be made to disappear...Its same in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria and even old Vietnam.
The action taken and the timing of the ceasefire was perfect UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES...They will think a few times in future.If not they can expect same again.
They have plenty work to fix the ruins and administrative backlogs from destroyed personal records .
14. The solution: Retake Gaza forever.
The only reason we have serious problems with Gaza is because of Israel's lunatic retreat from Gaza. The solution is simple. Retake Gaza forever. Drive our enemies from our land.
15. #1 A better anology is Europe after WWII
Tens of millions of Europeans moved (or were moved) back to their own lands. That, more than anything, has kept the peace since.
In the Middle East, the same must occur. The original two state solution (San Remo) must finally be implemented - Israel and Jordan - Jews to Israel Arabs to Jordan/"Palestine."
So the ceasefire might be broken?? It already has been!! One Palestinian shot dead and many more injured, all unarmed, all on Gaza's side of the line, some while farming their fields.
So I guess "ceasefire" means Palestinians cease fire.
Have you even heard the phrase,NEVER AGAIN?when the time comes (god forbid) we will get rid of ALL our surrounding enemies once and for all,and let the world scream.
19. SECURE BIG ISRAEL/Sinai back/Arab transfer/BALANCE....PEACE.
20. Hair cut
In the Dutch colonial era in Indonesia regular raids were carried out against Makassar in Southern Sulawesi.
These actions are recorded in documents as hair cuts.
It appears that history is repeating itself but with new terminology.
Bart Benschop ,
Perth West Australia
You are 100% correct. The Palestine victory is assured, will put an end to the Zionist scourge, and will bring peace to the Middle East for all Muslims and Christians.
22. The REAL achievement
The real achievement, if it has been achieved, is managing to maintain the rocket threat as a tactical threat as opposed to a startegic threat.
The difference is huge: If the rocket threat were startegic, it would mean that would affect Israel's future decisions of whether to attack Gaza because of the rockets on TA, Jlm etc., acting as a deterrent.
The Iron Dome system was instrumental in keeping the rocket threat at a tactical level, ie. We KNOW they will fie rockets, and we must be prepared for that, but it won't be a deterrent to our decision-making. In effect, the success of the Iron Dome system and hopefully, the Magic Wand system, will also affct the rocket threat of the Hizbollah and return it to the tactical level.
As much as our detrrent capabilities are important, minimizing their deterrent capabilities is just as important - and I hope we achieved that.