Israel to further open Gaza crossings
Roi Kais, Elior Levy
Published: 21.11.12, 22:35
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1. So now hateful Gazans'll have free access to Israel thru ope
ab   (11.21.12)
-ned border crossins.Where're Israeli "achievements" ?
2. Disgrace
Alex   (11.21.12)
We just told Hamas their terror against us pays off. It's obvious we need the "far"-right" with Lieberman and similiar to protect the interests of the country.
3. Thats how you got into trouble in the first place.
Kcits ,   Chicago, USA   (11.21.12)
Only a fool would have thought that blockading Gaza and turning it into a place of misery wouldn't backfire. Only a fool corners a foe and leaves no room to get out thinking they will just give up. They will simply turn and fight with nothing to loose.
4. Dont open the border crossings
Rabbi Yakov Lazaros ,   USA   (11.21.12)
To do so will enable Hamas to smuggle in more rockets G-d forbid. Israel be strong and BE SMART.
5. Shame on you Bibi!
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.21.12)
6. #3 Incorrect as always
Alex   (11.21.12)
The violence didn't escalate until Israel left Gaza in the first place.
7. #2: Hello! Lieberman agreed to this sell out!
David ,   Israel   (11.21.12)
Likud-Beiteinu should be Likud-Sellout our Home! Begin gave away the Sinai. Bibi will give away the country as long as he can be Prime Minister!
8. #7 Lieberman had no option
Alex   (11.21.12)
Since the alliance with Likud, they couldn't oppose Netanyahu. If Lieberman got enough votes the situation would be different. A strong Yisrael Beitenu is our last hope in dealing with the palestinians.
9. Gazans didn't kill enough Israelis with
Mira ,   Haifa   (11.21.12)
rockets, they will travel into Israel for more. truce agreement is very good but this one...! It makes me feel very bad
10. #1 - they must mean freer people access through Rafah
William ,   Israel   (11.22.12)
Israel has no obligation to open its borders to Gaza which is still technically at war with the Jewish State and still pent on destroying it. Only after Gaza is de-militarized and accepts Israel's right to exist should crossings with Israel be addressed. And if people come into Israel from Gaza, what next? They are not visiting Israel, they are not going to transit it to West Bank, and they aren't immigrating, so stay out.
11. #3 - except that Gaza isn't a place of misery
William ,   Israel   (11.22.12)
We've heard UN, ICRC, Amnesty Intl, and a Sudanese minister admit there was no lack of anything in Gaza. The one thing they do lack is employment because most worked in Israel before Hamas declared its unilateral war in 2007. That shouldn't change at all. The blockade was both legal and legit, and still is with Hamas and other terrorists packing in weapons in Gaza. Now if they cancel their war and accept Israel's existence, which is anathema to their own Charters, that's a different story. For all I care, they can exist Gaza into Egypt through Rafah, and keep going.
12. #8 I am starting to agree with you, we
Ben ,   tolerant Israel   (11.22.12)
need Liberman at the helm, without Likud.
13. The hate will destroy Israel.
Anonymous ,   New Jersey, USA   (11.22.12)
People call Palestinians people hateful. While it's true, it's also true that much hate coming from Israel as well. Remember, you will never, ever have peace if you don't reconcile your differences and learn to live together. You can't possibly destroy all neighbors, so peace is your ONLY option. Stop your assassinations. You can't possibly expect Palestinians not to retaliate if you kill their people. And about blockade. It does nothing good in the long run, more Palestinians suffer more they hate Israel. However, I'm glad to see that common sense prevailed, at least for now, and there is another chance for peace.
14. Don't worry Sarah B
Richie ,   Dublin, Ireland   (11.22.12)
An open border works both ways. Israel will use this to gather intellegence on where Hamas leaders live, work, store weapons etc. And if Hamas breaks the ceasefire then Israel will be in a great position when it retalliates. By then it won't be relying on information from informants.
15. Hamas will pass Missiles systems easier then ever!
Tayfun_Turkey ,   Istanbul   (11.22.12)
Soon you may expect a Nuclear Hamas! Possibly Iran will provide them all their military inventories to beat Israel. Next war with Hamas decisively lift Gaza Blockade and West Bank will annexed by Hamas. As for Israeli bombings It is harmful but Emir gave them 400 million USD at once they will give them bililons! By the way they will spend most of money in Israel, it is your benefit in any case. ISRAELIS VOTE FOR THIS GOVERNMENT AGAIN I really appreciate them, as long as they stay, Israel will not be a problem in Middle east in future. For Hamas at least!
16. And what is US doing to force Egypt to stop treaty violation
Dr. L. Brnd ,   San Diego, USA   (11.22.12)
This "diplomacy" as well as "2-state negotiations" is a waste of time if the US fails to force Egypt to stop violating the 1978 treaty with israel by smuggling Iranian weapons to Gaza through the demilitarized Sinai. Israel is not going to give Arabs more land to launch rockets from,and if there is a next round of rockets into israel - US credibility will be over, not to mention Morsi's, who as "guarantor" will likely make a jokeof Obama's standing. Israel will grind Gaza to a pulp whether Obama likes it of not, and no UN votes will stop the IDF. The eastern border of Israel just became the Jordan river valley - No PA state is ever going to get access to weapons smuggling from Jordan. Cutting off Gaza from Rafah would cut off Hamas from its arms supply -hopefully IDF will be smart enough to do this next time, once Barak and his leftist clique are out.
17. How Apropos!!!
Z.Z. Coltrane ,   USA   (11.22.12)
Those who do not (aren't willing) learn from the past...are condemned to repeat it!
18. On Its Knees
Munther d ,   Israel   (11.22.12)
Again military organization put the mighty nuclear Israel down on its knees. May next time they should select a weaker foe that it can defeat say the Vatican for example
19. No longer fan of Lieberman..
Amir ,   Israel   (11.22.12)
he was great at words, but a lousy leader when it came to action.
20. hateful
hatim ,   gaza   (11.22.12)
i am palestinian from gaza and i am not hateful. WE ARE DEFENDING OUR SELVES AND OUR LOST COUNTRY
21. israel lost,and israelis admit it
mulholland ,   london,england   (11.22.12)
the beginning of end was lebanon 2006 israel will not dare to mess with gaza again:israel of 80's/70's has been slowly turned in a pitiable paper tiger.this was the last war of israel good luck attacking iran,while you cant even subdue a lousy organisation named hamas israel was defeated with flying pipes without warheads: what a shame
22. #21. mulholland: you're correct, it's over
Tom W ,   USA   (11.22.12)
Israel was built and defended by the Eurasian Holocaust generation that had smelled the stench of burned bodies in Europe. Those valiant people are mostly departed now and they are replaced by the Soros, T. Friedman N.Y.Times, Jstreet and the Haaretzniks. No amount spin and hasbara can change the coming end of Israel. I feel sorry for the decent gentiles who stood by Israel only to be abandoned and disgraced.
23. Disastrous cease fire clauses
Alan ,   Canada   (11.22.12)
This cease fire has a very poor outcome for the medium & long term future of Israel. The one major clause that really matters is strinkingly missing: demilitarization of Hamas & tight measures to prevent weapon resupply. This huge hole in the agreement is a sure bet the same kind of missile attacks, with more powerful payloads will be repeated. A second no less serious flaw in this agreement is to give the sole responsability for respecting the cease fire to Hamas & to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. In other words to the same alltoguether single ennemy of Israel. The US part (or that of any other international entities) in the safeguards of the "peace" has to be heavily discounted given the foreign policy of the Obama administration of regaining influence in the Arab world at the expense of the security interests of Israel (see the Cairo speech of 2009). Can anyone seriously believe that Morsi will do more than Mubarak (who did not always act) in preventing weapons from Libya, Soudan or Iran reaching Gaza?
24. to my brothers and sisters
Dov ben David ,   Eilat, Israel   (11.22.12)
The deal isn't so bad at all. Lets hope that it will hold for a couple of years. We need to improve our Iron dome system. To make it more cost effective and more sophisticated. Lets mourn our dead and continue our lives. We will have to deal with with our neighbours again. They will never give up the hope of throwing us into the sea. Dont hate. It only darken your heart. We need to use our brains. If Hamas and its supporters wants to call this a win for them, let it be. We know what happened... I hope that our youth understand the importance of not having to go inside Gaza for a ground operation.
25. # 2 alex
listen alex, as far as remember when the sexy lady levni was the pm of israel while bibi was in the opposite he said if i am the pm i would have mobed hamas and all terorists, now he is in charge!!!but he didnt because he cant!!! many reasons for his weakness, i advice you to dig and look for the hidden and obvious reasons, if you cant find i would be more than happy to help in this regard gazan the man
26. WOW!!
Nimur ,   Bangkok, Thailand   (11.22.12)
WOW!! So then Gaza borders were all closed?!? WOW!! So Gazans where living in something similar to a cage? WOW!! No wonder why they where throwing rockets.
27. why Egypt?
28.  Israel builds to the sky on IT'S land
lydia ,   Brisbane   (11.22.12)
Nobody cares but once it's building on Palestinian land, there is gonna be will 'be a rumble in the Jungle'.
29. Bibi did what he had to do, and Hamas is not so happy
Davidak ,   New York, USA   (11.22.12)
The fact, is, Israel couldn't go in and invade without massive loss of life on both sides -- or at least on the Arab side -- and it was a no-win situation. Israel is not going to kill every Hamas operative; the international opinion will not accept it unless Israel is in an existential crisis. Hamas can trumpet their wins all they want, but they killed a big total of 5 Israelis (one soldier), while it lost 150, with hundreds wounded and a destroyed infrastructure. Yes, Hamas will crow about winning, but again they were beaten badly as were their people. Eventually their people will force them out when they see that Hamas gains them little and causes them great suffering. Israel maintained its international backing, and Hamas is on notice not to break the ceasefire. Though I believe in a hard line, I think Israel did okay and so did Bibi. We'll see.
30. Morsi, beware of Iranian puppets!
USA   (11.22.12)
Morsi, don't be too protective of the Palestinians .....they will stab you in the back when their master Iran says so. Egypt is no match for Iran. Be vigilant!
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