Israel to ease Gaza ban on construction material
Published: 26.12.12, 18:44
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1. So, saying this material was used for guns is bullshitt.
X   (12.26.12)
2. Allow free flow of medicine & food. A large amount of aid (
Jim   (12.26.12)
(read: readily sellable) in "confirscated" by IDF
3. Jews are good to their Arabs, Arabs will good to their Jews
Steven Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (12.26.12)
...when the tables are turned.
4. Could be good business for Israel
Ian ,   Newcastle upon Tyne   (12.26.12)
There's $400 Million of aid for housing construction in Gaza coming from the Emir of Qatar. THREE CHEERS FOR ISRAEL!!!
5. Round and round we go
David ,   Israel   (12.26.12)
Until the next attacks by Hamas. Why oh why we are such Frayerim I will never understand. Let's hope the next operation will be not a second Cast Lead or Pillar of Defense and rather a second Defensive Shield but stronger. The Israeli citizens of the South deserve it as well as the regular Palestinians, to remove Hamas for good.
6. Blockade is an anti Israel mantra.
Istvan ,   BUDAPEST HUNGARY   (12.26.12)
There is a Gaza-Egypt border in the Philadelphia corridor. Not a single israeli soldier is there. They can import everything they want, missiles, drogs, belly dancers and also sometimes foods for their terrorised population.
7. #1, #2
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (12.26.12)
#1 not for guns. It was, is and will be used for building bunkers. #2 you lie and you know it. fool
8. This is very stupid! OIur enemies
Reuven   (12.26.12)
in Gaza only respect overwhelming force. Concessions & leniency are looked upon as weaknesses, to be exploited.
9. jordan's permission
marv   (12.26.12)
israel does not need jordan permission to take certain actions. Arabs would tip off the other side in any case. Bibi is dumb to even ask jordan. If you need to do something, just do it and shut the hell up.
10. Yup! More tunnels coming - more heavily fortified too.
Harry Wright ,   UK   (12.26.12)
11. To: No. 2
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (12.26.12)
And just who do you think is responsible for the hundreds of thousands of metric tons in humanitarian aid (which includes food and medicine) that is trucked into Gaza on a weekly basis? Who do you think is responsible for supplying Gaza with fresh water? Who do you think is responsible for supplying Gaza with electricity? You may wish to check the facts before you post drivel.
12. To: No. 3
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (12.26.12)
Does that mean that when the missiles start flying again -- as they most assuredly will; Hamas and the other terrorist elements just need time to regroup and rearm -- Israel can stop being good to Gaza's Arabs? Just how long of a shelf life do you think Gaza and its denizens would have without all the humanitarian aid that Israel trucks in on a weekly basis? Who would pick up the slack if Israel were to cut off electricity and fresh water to Gaza? It's not exactly as if they pay for anything, anyway.
13. To: Ian at No. 4
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (12.26.12)
$400 million in fictional aid. Arab states have promised lots of things -- and delivered nothing. Just ask Abbas; he's soiling his shorts trying to figure out how to pay for stuff now that Israel is calling in the ersatz "Palestine" Authority's considerable debts. The Arabs are long on grandiose promises; short on actually handing over cash.
14. # 7, so if you are right Hamas CAN now build bunkers
X   (12.26.12)
15. Building Materials
Get Real ,   UK   (12.26.12)
Thought they used these materials to build tunnels for access into Israel to kidnap soldiers and kill women and children.
16. What About Egypt?
emanon ,   USA   (12.26.12)
Is Egypt easing its restrictions on goods into Gaza? For years, Egypt has been stricter than Israel, yet the world seeks to blame Israel.
17. #3 And have you been good to the Native Americans
A ,   Belgium   (12.26.12)
whose land you stole? Have you been good to the descendents of the African people who you brought to work your fields as slaves? Have you been good to American women, who weren't allowed to vote until the 20's? Blacks who couldn't sit where they wanted on a public bus until the 1950's? The only good YOU know is that god-given right to own a machine gun in order to protect yourself against 6 year old children, and firemen, and movie viewers. YOU, Benazzi, have no right to speak about anything.
18. So, what I am hearing
Arie ,   Sderot   (12.26.12)
Is that Netanyahu lied and he surrendered to hamas
19. #17 REALLY?
Frank-el ,   Seattle USA   (12.27.12)
I'm getting sick and tired of hearing all this BS about the past and how it's used as an excuse for Israel to do whatever it wants TODAY. I'm sure that whoever you are in Belgium that your anscestors weren't the original inhabitants either so better pack your bags, mon ami. And in case you haven't heard a black man is the US President The crimes of the past don't excuse the inequalities of today so stop with the bogus comparisons. Can you say Belgian Congo?
20. Sarah B in case you didn't know
Israel has breached the truce at least five times since it has been signed shooting on civilians. So who's terrorizing who?
21. 18 The attempted coup on Morsi failed
lydia ,   Brisbane   (12.27.12)
So Netanyahu has to keep to the details of the peace agreement struck with Egypt or Iran will return to the scene with some more Fajr-5s.
22. Am I missing something here?
Eric ,   nyc   (12.27.12)
What does Israel get out of this?..First Israel quits and now they give in to the killers.
23. You see why there's no point in voting in Israel? No matter
tom ,   tel aviv   (12.27.12)
what, you'll get the same "road-map", only with a different driver....
les ,   canada   (12.27.12)
i think israel should supply hamas with IRON DOME SYSTEMS too. a state running scared... phew....
25. #20 with no identity as the palis
Iranian Jew ,   LA   (12.27.12)
They touch the fence and they will get shot. Stop whining for a day. It will help you see things clearly.
26. To: No. 19
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (12.27.12)
Does that mean that the United States should immediately terminate all affirmative action programs? Has it occurred to you that a lot of Americans are sick and tired of hearing all that BS about past inequities? After all, what's past is past, right?
27. #20
Korem ,   NYC   (12.27.12)
That is complete BS. Every single truce was violated by immediate rocket fire against Israel by some Hamas subsidiary/secondary terrorist group, like PRC, Islamic Jihad, etc. Technically Hamas isn't violating the truce, but it's uncanny that these groups stay silent until immediately after a truce is signed. Israel isn't the one violating a truce if it's being attacked the moment it's signed.
28. Ah, the mandatory sour whine from Europe, #17?
Cameron ,   USA   (12.27.12)
Always amused as hell by EU types listing US sins. You damn fools spent centuries defining exploitation & colonialism before ruining yourselves by starting two nightmarish world wars. Account for your own behavior before trying to task us for ours, Euro hypocrite.
29. #18, 21, 22 YOU ARE WRONG!
Iranian Jew ,   LA   (12.27.12)
You will not see any rockets for a long long time form Gaza just like Lebanon. Israel showed them that the result will be devastating to both if they continued to attack. Bibi also showed the world the humane side if Israel. He is a great leader but he is not perfect. Gaza has to eventually go back to Egypt. That is what Bibi is trying to convene to Egypt and Ham Ass.
30. #26...your answer...
Frank-el ,   Seattle USA   (12.27.12)
Despite the fact your premise and questions are facile, I'll answer them since my main point remains. True, the past is the past but we are all accountable for our personal past and it's reasonable for nations and individuals to apply the recent past since that is the basis of experience. Therefore, I don't feel any guilt or responsibility for the Indian Wars, slavery, the Holocaust, etc. as horrible as they all were at the time. I don't hold a grudge against Germans, some of whom did great harm to my family members 70 years ago. However, certain inequalities exist TODAY in societies that still require action. If this means limited "affirmative action" that's OK and it has nothing to do with the distant past since they exist RIGHT NOW. As a middle-aged white male I've seen the impact of "reverse discrimination" but I'm willing to sacrifice for the greater good as long as it's balanced and proportionate. I get the feeling that priviledge and wealth rule your world and perhaps a whiff of racism can be detected in your innuendo?
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