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January 2, 2009

Gaza Incursion Imminent?

Posted: 04:46 PM ET

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Israeli warplanes continued to pound Hamas targets in Gaza on Friday, as the world waited to see if Israel would decide to launch a ground attack.artsmokegi1

The Israeli government has said the airstrikes - aimed at stopping Hamas from firing rockets into southern Israel - are only the beginning of a wider military operation.

Israel has moved tanks to the outskirts of Gaza and called up at least 2,000 army reservists.

On Friday, an Israeli airstrike hit a fuel depot in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, sending a huge fireball skyward on the seventh day of Israel's unrelenting military campaign against Hamas militants.

Among Palestinians killed Friday were three boys playing in a lot next to a home belonging to a Hamas military leader in Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, Palestinian officials said.

Robert Serry, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said during a video news conference that much of Gaza's infrastructure has been destroyed.

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hugh ~ california   January 2nd, 2009 5:33 pm ET

It sickens me that people protesting in the streets are pointing the finger predominately at Israel. The world should be thankful that the Hamas regime does not have the same military capability as the so called "war-mongering Israelis" have. These protesters are so quick to denounce US military support to Israel, but they will not denounce Russia and their rockets that are wounding and killing innocent people by Hamas.

I am a stauch believer in world peace, but these ill-informed, one-sided, anti-Israeli protestors have no real clue to the reason for the fighting in the holy land. It is so vividly clear they are in a religious war of Islam against Zionism. Until the United States becomes something other than a Judeo-Christian nation we will continue to be an enemy of the extremists of Islam and continue to be targets of the same hatred–killing in the name of God–that results only in death and destruction, and eliminates any chance for real world peace.


Joseph Fattal   January 2nd, 2009 7:47 pm ET

Their Gaza incursion will be the same as Lebanon few years back. They came out the loser. They go in into gaza they will make the same mistake. They will leave behind Hamas as they left behind Hezbolah in Lebanon. They cannot win over terrorism using conventional warfare, unless you kill lots of cililians. And even after that Hamas will have one it. I anderstand their frustration, its a very hard war to win.


Dianne   January 2nd, 2009 7:50 pm ET

I am glad the people are protesting and it is awful that the US supports such barbarism. It is an unfair fight all around. Israel is a bully. Christanity all so has it extremist. We went to war against Iraq in the name of God. There isn't any such thing. Mankind tries to make war in God's name. No, it is man's name. One group has to be more superior than another. Extremist of all religions are dangerous and a powder keg waiting to explode.May God forgive us all for unfair treatment of the Palestinians.


sally proctor   January 2nd, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Are people really surprised with this?
It is not something new . And it will
Continue. Do ya think it is a bit timely?
I think people overall forget not just
History but motives!


Liza   January 2nd, 2009 9:18 pm ET

There is no reasoning or negotiating when the only motive is to want Israel dead! How do you reason with that? They start by sending rockets into Israel & then whine & complain when Israel retaliates. Why was Israel able to make a desert into a beautiful place & try to live normal lives? Why cant the haters/terrorists do that as well, instead of constantly complaining & whining when Israel retaliates in trying to protect their citizens. What happened to LIVE & LET LIVE? Would YOU feel comfortable letting a person into your home, who you know HATES you & wants you dead? For no reason, except they seem to thrived purely on HATRED! NO POSITIVE REASONING AT ALL! If they're so right & proud of their actions, why do they cover their faces? They could live a beautiful life, BUT CHOOSE NOT TO – THEY'RE TOTALLY MOTIVATED BY HATRED, PURE & SIMPLE! How can Israel NOT secure their borders, when their enemies cannot be trusted to try to live in peace!!!! I'M SICK OF HEARING CONSTANT CRITICISM OF ISRAEL AS BEING THE AGGRESSORS! I DON'T RECALL ONE SITUATION IN WHICH THEY STARTED THIS MESS. They seem to be trying to live a nice life – hard to do when car bombings have become the new weapon of choice! & WHY IS IT FORGOTTEN THAT ALL THE BOMBINGS AGAINST ISRAEL ARE ALWAYS AGAINST CIVILIANS? I'M FED UP WITH THE DISGUSTING HATED & CRITICISM – PICTURE IT IF IT WAS YOUR HOME & FAMILY!


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Americans have been blinded to the situation Palestinians live in, largely due to the irresponsibility of American media and its unfairness in covering the plight of the Palestinians. Carter described it as apartheid, but it's much worse. Palestinians are blocked from access to food and medicine. They're prevented from reaching hospitals. Their homes are bulldozed to make way for Jewish settlements. Diversion of water. Constant attacks. Americans don't realize that their government is endorsing the persecution of an entire people.

The greatest lie being told is that the conflict we're seeing today is rooted in recent events. You cannot essentially lock up a people in a giant ghetto, reduce their standard of living to something below human, and expect them to just take it for over 60 years.

There isn't a Palestinian killed by Israel who hasn't also been killed by the US. The US provides Israel with arms and aid, and uses its weight on the UN and international community to make Israel immune from international pressure.


pegasus   January 2nd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

STOP THE LIES!!! The US supports Israel and this is NOT acceptable!!! What next? Bush and his croonies just have to go out with a BANG, don't they? Stop killing all of these civilians!!! Stop it NOW!


ellen   January 2nd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

is it fair that for 4 isrealies dead 421 palestnians die? Where is the justice in that?!!


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry, it's incorrect to say that the US is being silent on this. If the UN attempts to pass any resolution on this that remotely criticizes Israel, the US will veto it. The US continues to give military aid to Israel. The US gives tacit support to Israel, its occupation, it's blockades on humanitarian and, and its acts of violence.

It's worth noting this, as most Muslims around the world understand the situation this way too.


pegasus   January 2nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

For every child that is killed, at least ten arise as our new enemies. This is a NO WIN situation. It's way over due for a sensible solution!


Jalal   January 2nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I cannot believe what is happening and the whole world is halted and stopped? Injustice, terror is being struck in Palestine. How can you be a terrorist when you're a Freedom Fighter. Hamas is another political party, this is the destruction of the opposing party to the Fatah who are corrupted already.


Lous   January 2nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Larry, are you kidding me? you keep covering the one house that was hit in Ashqelon, yet you are not discussing the attack of the entire gaza strip.
why don't you bring up the facts here that over 400 Gazans are dead with over 2000 injured, Vs 4 Israeli's.

Is it not your job as a journalist to ask the obvious questions?
We had to sit there and talk about the possibility and threat of the Israelis while Palestinians are already dead.
Why didn't you ask the Israeli Ambassador what Israel would do if it's borders were closed by the Palestinians, no food or medical supplies were allowed in, children were hungry and people's lives were always under threat.

BY the way, the Israeli with ($3 billion of US AID) had broke the cease fire before Hamas did. IN december they sent rockets to kill 6 hamas members.

NO HAMAS DID NOT START THIS>

Please either do your research or become a true journalist and ask the right questions.


Jalal   January 2nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hamas does not see ISRAEL as a state, only Fatah does. So techinically, they are NOT TERRORISTS, if they are firing on an intruder on their property and land


Carl   January 2nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Enough already!! I am tired and sick of seeing these two groups trying to kill each other. It is time CNN cover different stories, like the horrors in the Congo.


Rodolfo   January 2nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

What Israel is doing will create more hate, people will suffer, suicide bombings will happen, is this the world you want to live in?! If Israel occupies Gaza AGAIN say good-bye to US Policy in the Middle East. However Hamas is also taking the wrong track by firing rockets. Maybe if we accept Hamas as a legitimate government and set standards to what they can and cannot do, it might be an uneasy relationship but it will be a road towards peace. As stated earlier, the US Government will veto any measure that criticize Israel in any sense. The power of the Israel Lobby AIPAC has placed our government in a noose to give weapons to Israel no matter what the price. WE ARE GIVING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO GENOCIDE DO YOU SUPPORT THAT?!


Richard Jaffee   January 2nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Imagine a rogue militant group in Cuba that began launching missiles at cities in Florida. The US would immediately send its armed forces in to stop it cold. Israel has withstood 7 years of missiles by Hamas aimed at its cities - and an escalation in the weeks leading up to Israel's response. It is a ridiculous double standard for any country to be critical of Israel's obligation to defend its innocent citizens.


angelo   January 2nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

i think israel is overdosing in violence as well as hamas.... they both need to stop the sillyness... israel already killed well over 350 people this week compared their 5 or so killed..


pegasus   January 2nd, 2009 9:48 pm ET

You can not compare the Hammas rockets to the US Military support of Israel!!! There is no comparison. This results are devistating and will have reporcusions for years to come! How can anyone feel that bombing civilians is acceptable??? and will have no reaction? AWAKE UP!!! Think of the future!!!


zaidi   January 2nd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

if the hammas has been firing rockets and they are so dangerous that it caused israel to bomb brutally at gazza , why has there been more casualties than 4 in israel if israel thinks that the rocket firing is so dangerous


R. Richardson   January 2nd, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What other country would put up with rocket attacks against their population and not take aggressive action to stop it from continuing?


Beatrice   January 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I was hanging some new curtains as a symbolic way of welcoming in the New Year, when again another newscast about the fighting in Gaza and Palestine disruppted my peace. The hope I felt with President Elect Obama's election has disappaited. the war mongers of this planet is determined to destroy it, so why bother?
But by the way, there is a saying " ignorance is bliss" . In the case of this crisis, I would rather not know the impending disaster, war, war, war, when Oh God will it stop?


Bob Catalano   January 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

To achieve peace in the Middle East, we must be completely neutral in the Israel-Palestine disputes. This romance between the US and Israel is outrageous and unnecessary. It's like a stupid childhood love affair. Israel is our ally and friend, and so is Italy, Ireland, France and many others. If we want to add the Middle East countries to our list of friends, we must be completely impartial. This will also regain for us, world respect and self-respect.


sam   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I can't believe a democracy could ever stoop to such a sickening massacre. It's like caging an animal, beating it continually until it bites back, and then using this as an excuse to kill it. Israel killed many Gazans during the ceasefire, I'm not aware one Israeli was killed. What hold does Israel have over western leaders and media to
enable them to consistency flout accepted levels of human behaviour and always manage to portray themselves as the
victim?


angelo   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

america should be involved only if we are willing to talk to both sides, not just israel... somebody tell me this, why do we baby israel?


Brian Dallow   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Israel is being attacked by Hamas who vows that it's aim is to destroy Israel. The United States claimed, erroneously, that Iraq was involved in the 911 attack and that they had weapons of mass destruction. This gave the United States the right to bomb Iraq with concommitant civilian casualties. Where do we get the right to criticize Israel for defending its borders and causing unfortunate civilian deaths because they bomb the rocket launch sites which are deliberately placed in civilian locations in order to elicit the world's support?


Dominique   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How do you expect palestinians to react, when the have live in war for almost 60 years.
Gaza has been under siege for almost 2 years: no supplies, hard time getting food, hard to get medications and medical supply... You expect them to be puppies.? Not all of them....
Not saying that they are being smart or being right, but everyone ignores what Israel is doing to them...
You cannot mistreat people and expect them to just accept it...

There is a lot of propaganda about the fact that there was never a palestine, before ... Really? no one used to live there? was empty?

Ben Gurion, founder of Israel said " If I were an arab dirigeant, I would never sign any peace treaty with israel, we are taking away their land"
and that the arabs will probably react to the "usurpation of their land".

The was Israel treats palestinians is revolting, I am jewish and I am ashamed....


zulfar   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Use some balanced judgment, who's really under a terror threat, the group who has 4 dead or the one with 400 + dead?

Israelis claim they are just going after just Hamas leaders, yet they kill everyone within 500 meters from the homes of these leaders- who's the terrorist?

Israelis have blocked the checkpoints for water, food and medical supplies to enter into the Gaza Strip- who's the terrorist?

Palestinians have no where to flee and hide. There is such high unemployment rates in the region. People have little means to survive and now we have this crisis going on? Isn't every human life important? So if we are wishing world peace, then consider some facts that are not disclosed and then make your judgment. Pray for the blood shed to stop!


Hossam   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am not pro Hamas , but keeping more than a million people under siege for more than year with no food , no fuel, no medical supplies, no power, what the world expects from such suffering people!!


Christine   January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Most Americans believe Muslim/Arab = bad, Israel = good. Israel has cut off Gaza from the entire world–they control and blockade water and land entry and exit for Gaza. Israel basically has created a Ghetto, much like Hitler's Nazis did during the Holocaust. Those that were trapped in the ghettos tried to get out, get food in, etc. How can the Israeli Jewish population agree to this situation? Gazans have no hope, nothing to live for.


Madaleine   January 2nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Hai there Larry, I love your show, I always wonder why the world has alowed for most of Palestian land go to the Israelis. Now the Palestinians live on a small part of Palestine under checkpoints and hard ships in their own country. I believe all the terror in the world is because the world is so unfair towards thePalestinian people since Israel occupied their country and took most of it away. Maybe if they were given back at least half of their country peace could be achieved. I do feel bad though for the Israeli children who are not at fault and have to live in fear. Also I feel the media here in USA is very much with Israel and their hurt and don't show as often the pain and hurt that the Palestian people suffer on a daily basis in their own country.
Take care Larry,

Also my deepest regrets and sorow for the Travolta Family. May God give them all the support they need!


JAY Aslam   January 2nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

ISREAL IS A BULLY ITS NOT EVEN A FAIR FIGHT ROCKETS VERSUS AIR STRIKES 400 PLUS PEOPLE ARE DEAD IN PALESTINE WHILE ISREALI'S JUST DO SPORT KILLING. WHOSE BLOOD IS CHEAPER ISREAL OR PALESTENIANS. PALESTIANIANS HAVE NO PROPER WEAPONS ARMY FOOD NOTHING. WHILE YOU COME INTO OUR LAND WITH GUNS AND TALK ABOUT PEACE. HUMAN LIFE HAS NO VALUE WHILE THE CORRUPT UN SITS AND WATCHES ALL HELL BREAK LOOSE. ITS A HARD WORLD WE ARE LIVIG IN IF YOU ARE MUSLIM DEFENDING YOURSELF YOU ARE A TERRORIST . AND IF U GO INTO FOREIGN COUNTRIES TAKE THEIR OIL GOLD DRAIN THEIR ASSESTS DRY CREATE TWO WARS HAVE TWO COUNTRIES FIGHT YOU ARE A HERO OR BETTER WHAT WE SAY TODAY USA DEMOCRACY....


Jacob   January 2nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I strongly disagree with the Isreali occupation of Gaza, and how can anyone say it is right for an occupying power to consistently bomb and threaten the lives of Palestinians. Would the USA be in favor of another country occupying and bombing it's land? Peace is the way to stop this violence and I hope Obama has enough conscience to stop Isreali violence


Aaron   January 2nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Well Isreal seems to be close to the Bush Administation- why wouldn't they do the same thing he did and invade? It seems that noone can understand what peace means, it is nothing but hate, and greed. I know I look forward to the new administration.


zaidi   January 2nd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

larry the only shame that i feel today being a muslim is not that the western powers arent doing any thing about what israel is doing to gaza but that the other muslim countries are also sitting quite


Rick Engelsher   January 2nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

As long as Hamas rockets are falling on Israel, the Israeli government has no choice but to strike. Hamas has the power to end this and spare their people any time they wish, but their priorities are clear. The reason Israel continues to maintain its control of Gaza is because it is governed by an organization that is openly sworn to its destruction. As long as they continue to strike at Israel and refuse to negotiate for a mutual recognition and peace, then what they call the "occupation" will continue.


Judie   January 2nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

What part of hamas's constitution that contains their purpose of destroying Israel and killing all the Jews does our brilliant ? media not understand? Why did noone scream about the missiles coming from
Gaza during the "cease fire"? The world again is trying to get rid of those "pesky" Jews or ignoring their plight.


W.P. Eskdale   January 2nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I rarely agree with the Bush administration on anything, but I do concur in their position with respect to what is happening in Israel–the Palestinians brought this on themselves and as along as they continue to fire rockets into Israel, by all means the Israelis have every right to try to stop it.

The Palestinians hold the key to the solution here. They need merely stop firing rockets into Israel and admit it has a right to exist.

Until they do, they deserve what they are getting and I support it.


Gina Amawi   January 2nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am absolutely sickened by all the innocent people being slaughtered
in their homes, schools, mosques etc. Over 400 INNOCENT people dead and still counting......How come Palestinians dont have the right to defend themselves?????


ak   January 2nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Imagine the situation if palestinian had their own army, navy with F16, would anyone even dare to fire one bullet. I doubt it whe there is a balance of power, MIGHT is right but wrong does not make it right!


Sheila   January 2nd, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I am waiting to hear for someone to protest Hama's rocket attacks on Israel and declararation of an end to the cease-fire. Should Israelis just sit still while Hamas launches rocket attacks across their borders? How will that bring about peace? What were they hoping to accomplish? And what does Barack Obama have to do with anything?
Don't drag us into this.


Jalal   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Richard Jaffee: You're comparing apples and oranges.

Hamas is living on Palestinian land which their fathers have lived and built generations of families on, Israel was instated in 1948. Are you kidding me?

Palestinians being called "terrorists" on their own property by Americans. Lol, the hypocricy. They are FREEDOM FIGHTERS! HAMAS is another movement like Hezzbollah, this will not be easy for Israel as they have already suffered defeat in Lebanon.


kashif   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hil Larry,

Why not US gives one of its state to Jews where they can impose their religion as they want. why Palastinian anciant land was given to jews to spread voilence in the middle east.


john   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Do the palestinians have a right to defend themselves? This is like the apartheid in south africa on replay...Have we learnt from history yet.


Jamil   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

You broadcast a question from Terry asking why Egypt and Jordan haven't been more involved in peace talks. Egypt is the one who brokered the 6 month truce that recently broke down.


JAY Aslam   January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

ISREAL IS A BULLY WHY PALESTINE DEATH IS SOOOOOOO MUCH IF ISREAL IS REALLY UNDER THREAT. USA CONDEMNED THE MUMBAI ATTACKS IT DID NOT EVEN CONDEMN THE AIR STRIKE BUSH INSTEAD SAYS ISREAL HAS EVERY RIGHT TO DEFEND ITS CITIZEN WELL THEN SO DOES PALESTINE. ISREAL DOES NOT BELONG TO JEWS IT WAS TAKEN AWAY N GIVEN TO EM. GIVE THEM LAND IN GERMANY A CHRISTAIN TERRORIST KILLED THEM NOT MUSLIMS


Nick   January 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Israel has the right to end this continued madness which has been taking place for years and years. The Israeli Army is a force that many countries should think twice about before engaging.


MELANIE   January 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

If Hamas Continue bombing How come Only 4 Deadth and over 400 palestinians?
why Israel do not allow Jurnalists Inside Gaza?
so American People can't see The HOLOCAUST
It's A shame how the CNN Jurnalist transmit from Israel about what's going on in Gaza!
Could save CNNs money to trvell if anyhow he can not see anything.
I am from Europe, so I can see Euronews and other Channels TELLING The Thruth


JULIA E.   January 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

As a progressive Jewish woman, whose family survived the holocaust, it has always been obvious to me, that the Zionist entity called "Israel" is simply untenable. The indigenous Palestinian residents, will never accept occupation, leaving the Jewish State two choices; kill every single Arab standing, or dismantle. I see no other outcome.


PETERS OMORAGBON   January 2nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Isreal is doing what she is doing with the continuos assault on Gaza, because, Isreal suspects that, she might not receive the kind of support from Obama, as she got from Bush. In this wise, Isreal just as Russia are trying to gain as much ground as possible while Bush is still in power and Obama 'powerless'. Bush's silence is a silence of conspiracy with Isreal, while Russia's actions are provocative to 'test' the will of the incoming President.In all, it is the common man that suffers in all countries involved in these conflicts. As condemnable as the rockets throwing Palestinians, is the high-handedness of the Isreali military


Dominique   January 2nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

All the ressentment felt by arabs over the world against the US has only one root: The unconditionnal support the USA are giving Israel.
Hamas people are probably not mean, rather they are blinded by rage seeing their childrens killed, hungry, mistreated after the land of their fathers was taken away by Jewish settlers...
They are definitely not smart, but they are desperate... Really, rocks and hand made rockets against F16, missiles and maybe nuclear weapons... who are we kidding??


JULIA E.   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a progressive Jewish woman, whose family survived the holocaust, it has always been obvious to me, that the Zionist entity called "Israel" is simply untenable. The indigenous Palestinian residents, will never accept occupation, leaving the Jewish State two choices; kill every single Arab standing, or dismantle. I see no other outcome. It saddens me, that we, who have suffered so much, continue to inflict so much pain on others.


Todd   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

If Mexico attacked Texas we would want a full scale response, Hammas is a terriost group treat them as such, Isreail is doing the right thing they are attacking Hammas military tagets.


Mary   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Until every life in this world is valued equally, there will never be peace in the world. Whether it be Palestinians, Africans. Cambodians or Jjews, all life matters. The killing of innocents trapped in Gaza with no aide or freedom of the press or possibility of safety, is an abomination and not worthy of any nation, let alone one that was founded in the wake of a holocaust.


Chris   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

This truly tragic that both sides have so much pride that no one will lay down arms in good faith. It is so very true that even during the ceasefire, Israel has been starving the Palestinian People out of their homes and forcing them to leave. They have denied Palestine basic human rights. So to root out a rogue army of Terrorists you will destroy a whole small nation of peoples ?

This is ridiculous, I voted for Obama to STOP this kind of nonsense. He had better stop Israeli agressors on Jan 21st or else he will be no better than the current ridiculous administration.

For Gods sake, For Allah's sake. Stop this stupidity.

Please.


Trudi Berglin   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

PLEASE ask this ridiculous woman, when did Israel send in suicide bombers to Gaza and other Palastinian lands? Many Israeli's begged their government not to give up Gaza because it would be used as a bombing base into Israel. Just what does she think Israel was blockading everything for; trying to obtain peaceful resolution. Obviously it doesn't work with Hamas. Hamas only believes is Israeli death. Many of Americans don't realize how much violence has been going on for years brought about by Hamas on Israel. Do your homework people. Israel only wants peace. Otherwise they would never have given up Gaza and all the lands they did give up which was won during a full out war. If Palastinians wanted peace they wouldn't have voted in Hamas.


Kamal   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hi Larry,

You just said: "16 years old should not die". I hope this applies to palestinian children. Is there a reason why there is no CNN reporter in Gaza to cover the bloodshed that is happening there. Few points:
* Israel who, days before the airstrikes, that rejected Hamas's diplomatic initiative aimed at extending the ceasefire.
* Israel that first broke the ceasefire agreement on Nov 5.
* Hamas's home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years. Only in the last eight days, Israel has killed more than 400 and wounded more than 2000 Palestinians.

Thanks


Baron Davis   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

it should be a law in Gaza, if any attacks occur they should be put in prison!


pegasus   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I swear, who can be fooled by the ridderick... they are coming from Bush! Israel is moving in with force. No concern about civial life or death. Yes, Hammus is lunching small rocket, but no big deal! compared to US strength military shared with Israel. /STOP IT NOW!!! pLEASE, fight your war, outside of GAZA, why not in Israel?


Dave   January 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I support Israel 100% in doing what it needs to do to protect itself. I’m very proud that the US support Israel and I hope we continue to do so with the coming administration. Israel is small at it is surrounded by enemies and needs our help and support.


roger   January 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

if all these eight years, bush vowed his decitions were right, why
does bush not make things right before he leaves.


W.P. Eskdale   January 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dominique January 2nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

"How do you expect palestinians to react, when the have live in war for almost 60 years.
Gaza has been under siege for almost 2 years: no supplies, hard time getting food, hard to get medications and medical supply… "

Why is it hard to get food and medicine, but not hard to get rockets that are smuggled into Gaza from Egypt?

Where are the other nations when it comes to feeding and providing medical care to Palestine? What is Iran doing on this score? I am certain they are supplying the weapons and money for them....

When a terrorist regime occupies the land next to you and says you have no right to exist, you don't welcome them with open arms.

I also would like to know what the "peace loving" Palestinians have done prevent Hamas from installing rockets in their neighborhoods? Are they all ignorant of the fact that Hamas intentionally fires its rockets from amongst civilian populations?

Answer those questions Dominique and maybe I will find your comments credible.


karen   January 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It is easy for people to point fingers at Israel and call it an occupier etc when they do not experience the lives Israeli's experience when times are bad.

Imagine you are sitting at home and hear the war sirens and have less then a minute to run to bomb shelters before they hit. Imagine you send your kid to school and they don't come back. Imagine going with your family to a restaurant and a suicide bomber blows himself up and kills some of your family members

you experience this and let me know how you feel after that. It is easy to point fingers when you don't experience it.
the IDF is targetting Hamas targets as opposed to Hamas who is targetting anything that will cause terror to innocent civilians. Andy ou blame Israel..
who broke the cease fire? enough said


roger   January 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

IF GAZA IS NOT UNDER SEAGE FROM ISREAL NON OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN


lynne mangarten   January 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Does Hamas think that Israel is supposed to sit there and do nothing while they throw rockets. Why are they throwing rockets in the first place. Don't blame Israel for defending herself. Any country would defend themself.


kishore   January 2nd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

First of all, the occupation is completely illegal according to Resolution 242, immoral in its violation of Human Rights (freedom of press, freedom of movement, etc) and a war crime b/c it causes death by not allowing the occupied people access to medical supplies, food, etc and also b/c of the civilian murders. Second of all, you CAN'T "defend" yourselves if you're militarily occupying another people's land, that's not the definition of defense, it's simply oppression.


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

You Americans do not get it. Remember the rage some black Americans felt in response to segregation and racism? Black panthers, riots, Malcolm X? Gaza is effectively a concentration camp. Israel blocks the entry of FOOD and MEDICINE. They routinely attack Palestinians. Israel does everything in its power to reduce the living standards of the Palestinians to the point of being sub-human. AMERICAN MEDIA TURNS A BLIND EYE TO ALL OF THAT. And when the pressure cooker pops, the American president demands that only the Palestinians restrict themselves. The oppression and humiliation of the Palestinians goes merrily on. With America’s full knowledge and support.


sara   January 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Larry what is your answer,425 palestinians killed,4 isrealies
that is fact,but i did not heard that rOcket and i did not see,what is is
only lies,but true you can see only on another tv not CNN


Steve   January 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm ET

It Is A shame that innocent Palestinian civilians are being punished for what Hamas did. Isreal should find where Hamas reside before killing innocent children that defiantly have nothing to do with terrorism.


Bob z   January 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am amazed and perplexed by Israel, the US and the whole western world. It is very abvious that Hamas is an extention of the Syrian regime in the region. Hamas does nothing what so ever without approval of syria's Assad, who tools arond Hamas's leader Mechaal like a little puppy dog. Israel and the US will have to learn by now that punishing the poor Palestinian civilian population will accomplish nothing but more hatered and bad world opinion against Israel and the US. The same goes to Hizballah in Lebanon. The world has to unite and give syria an ultimatum to stop strirring chaos or the country's ruling party will be removed the way Saddam was...


Ferris   January 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

israel just like any other country in the world has the right to defend itself, however israel is the only country in the world who continues to occupy palestinian land and commits acts of state terrosim against the palestinan people since 1948, president elect barak obama needs to speak out and let israel know that enough is enough!! the american people voted for MR obama to see a change, why not start with israel, if israel wanted they can have peace overnight, but they dont want peace they want surrender on the part of palestinians, the only way for there to be peace is through justice, with a just solution israel can have peace with anyone including hamas and israel is highly aware of this, i hope that our new american president with the help of the true peace seekers in israel will put an end of the extremist policys that israel has, with a just solution and israel abiding by all U.N resolutions israel can have peace and the extremeists on both sides would disapear out of the picture.


Lilian   January 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Why is the focus on Isreal. The focus should be on Hamas, who has decided to cowardly put the Palestinia people in harms way.

What is really wrong with the world? Why cann't the Arabs stamp their feet hard on the Hamas and tell them to STOP their nonsense and if the Arab nations think it is no big deal, let them tell Hamas to divert these rockets to them.

Isreal still hold some control in Gaza because, Hamas has demonstrated that they are dangerous coming close.
God protect Isreal and help all who loves truth


Sami   January 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

The path Israel is taking right now will lead to one result, a revolution in the Middle East. The people of the Middle East are already tired of their leaders way before Israel launched its attack. i believe this is the end of all these leaders, and soon after that is the end of Israel.


salyes   January 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I condemn Israel in its non-human actions against innocent people. I think it is crazy to use all the same methods and expect to have a different outcome! Haven't Israelies learnt their lessons from Hezbollah war? Violence never works! It will create more problems. It will be detrimental to world peace and thus to the world economy. Enough supporting other countries! Support Americans who lost their jobs and haven't gotten any idea what to do tomorrow. Invest in peace not in bombs.


jeff bloom   January 2nd, 2009 10:04 pm ET

What would America do if rockets were fired randomly into San Diego?


Atisak K.   January 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Bush Administation should not take side in this war but we all know that this Administation always takes Isreal side and condones violent against anyone who does not seem fit to Bush doctrine (for example, Irag war)

I hope Obama Administation does not take side and condem any violent from both sides. I saw this writing somewhere...Victory creates hatred. Defeat creates suffering. The wise ones desire neither victory nor defeat. It is better to have peace at any price.


Palestinian   January 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

All that the USA and CNN is concerned is defending Israel get away with murder. Nic Robertson is a propganda machine to the Israeli occupation forces. How stupid of him to hide behind a cars while the camera shadow is showing and other cars passing by and people walking around him, not one time but four times. All they are concered about children wetting their beds in Israel but killing Palestinian children to pieces.


Ken   January 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Israel Bom Gaza! Israel Bom Gaza! all they think that Israel Bombing Gaza first... ANYTHING have reasons...
HAMMAS born with terrorist background and they act like one.. and recorded like one and they stay that way until today... Period.
World will be peace without HAMMAS.. at least less peacefull.

Recorded, HAMMAS broke cease fire and firing Hundreds of rockets first.
So Nobody care about that?? all they think is "Israel Bom Gaza!" Israel this and that... How bout "HAMMAS bom Israel" ?? wake up People!


MELANIE   January 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Hi, Jay Aslam
I really like your point of view, I am not A Muslim or arab, I am an Europian Living in US Since 8 Years.
I meet Some palestininans in Europe and here in US.
They are the one of the greatest peoples I ever known, (what I can't say about the Other MONEY WORSHIPPERS).
God Will Never Forget Them!
There is this song:
CAN'T KEEP A GOOD DOWN...


Kim   January 2nd, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Hamas has stated that they will not stop killing until Isreal no longer exists. So Isreal defends herself, what would you do? For those of you who are blasting the US for helping Isreal, are you ignorant of or do you remember that when the US sent money and supplies to the Palestinians, Arafat kept the money and supplies and gave nothing to the people.
I personally would not send anything again knowing that it would not get to the ones that it was intended for.


W.P. Eskdale   January 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Jalal January 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

"Hamas is living on Palestinian land which their fathers have lived and built generations of families on, Israel was instated in 1948. Are you kidding me?

Palestinians being called “terrorists” on their own property by Americans. Lol, the hypocricy. They are FREEDOM FIGHTERS! HAMAS is another movement like Hezzbollah, this will not be easy for Israel as they have already suffered defeat in Lebanon."

You are distorting history, the land was never Palestinian, it was recently Jordanian. Moreover, how can you talk about this being the land of a few generations of Palestinians when this land was occupied by jews for a much longer time prior to any Palestinians. What was done in 1948 came about because of many motives, but once can view it also as restoring jews to the land they always occupied. Remember the two Mosques on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, sit where the Temples of the Jews stood before them.


Trudi Berglin   January 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Not wanting to insult the Palestinians, please correct the spelling in my previous comment. It is Palestianians, not Palas..... Thank you.


Ryan Tk   January 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

There will never be peace in the middle east as long at Israel is a Jewish state, nothing is ever enough with the palestinians, what ever we give, they will always want more.

Israel cannot negotiate with these people, because they will never be happy until israel is abolished.

to hear people sympathizing with palestinians makes me sick


Shirley Schwartz   January 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I think it is time the leaders in the world learn how to talk. I am sure with some intellegence, there should be ways to settle differences with out weapons.
You would think with all the Jews went through in the second world war, that they of all people would understand how unfair this is for the people of Gaza and how important it is, to understand and care what is going on for the average person. I am sure there are people for whom peace in not a part of their vocabulary, but I would think that there are people that can keep them under control..


Jason   January 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm ET

We need to just let Israel do what it needs to do. They're not dealing with rational people here, they're dealing with an organization that worships terror and death. While Hamas hides behind women and children, launches random rockets at civilians, and started this whole mess – some people are actually stupid enough to blame Israel in all this. I say let Israel do what ever it wants with Hamas. If they want to slaughter anything waving a green flag – then go for it. Hamas isn't capable of being dealt with in any mannor short extreem violence – its the language they understand.


Richard   January 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

This is a double war. Israel vs. Palestine and Hamas vs. the rest of the world. Hamas is Hijacking the real Palestinian cause. Arabs have many means to stop Israel agression but they will end up with Hamas ruling, that won't be their wish. Palestiniens are left defendless and abondonned to this deadlock by the rest of the world and people who want to help. This being said Israel can't keep on killing civilians no matter what is the justification, someone should be smarter than this and find a peacefull solution. Where are all the gurus of the world ?!!!
The ONE thing to say though this war is: DISPROPOSTIONED DISPROPOSTIONED DISPROPOSTIONED !!!. Israel must stop this, even a victory couldn't be called a victory in this type of war. Finally let's remember that Israel are the occuppiers and that the Palestenians have the total legitimate right to resistance under international law. Israel must stop this !!


Khaled   January 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Hi Larry. I just can't believe what's is going on in Palestine. I'm originally from Jordan, my heart splits in half and I burst in tears everytime I see the news, because there is nothing we can do except to watch and pray that the violence will end soon. It really sad that Israel is getting away with this easily, and even sadder that nobody is stepping up; for example the U.N. or Egypt. I just want to also add that there seem to be a lot of critisizm going on toward Hamas from the Arab world due to their unecessary acts of violence that lead to this current situation.


Jerry   January 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Whether you feel for one side or the other it is incomprehensible that any one defends terrorism. Hamas is a terrorist organization simple as that. They promote suicide bombings and target the innocent as oppposed to the unfortunate souls that are the victim of collateral damage when Israel counters those insane attacks. Until the world unilaterally condemns terrorism there will never be peace anywhere in the world. What did the 9/11 attack accomplish for Al Queda and the Islamic cause? NOTHING is the correct answer. Israel is not going anywhere and until the militant factions accept that there can be no peace. I feel for the innocent Palestinians caught in the crossfire but what is Israel to do, let Hamas rain rockets on their citizens.


stefan   January 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

the majority of the people on this planet want freedom through peace while leaders (or self acclaimed ones) want freedom through war?!
all this fighting will take us nowhere! it has to stop now!


sam   January 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Hammas did not start this. After all israel took Ghazas electricity and gas. They have to stand up for themselves. What Hammas did is all in defense.


John   January 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

To all who protest the situation in Gaza its easy for you to condemn Israel because you are not living in Israel and you have not experienced the imminent threat that Hamas is. It is in the immediate necessity for Israel to defend itself if they their country to survive. The Hamas asked for it they were the ones who triggered it. clearly hamas started the aggression and now they are paying for it. The sad thing is that Hamas is using the civilians as human shields and in every war, in every attempt to survive the sad fact is that there will always be casualties. I am saddened that the people of Gaza has to suffer the consequences that Hamas caused. By now its inevitable that civilians are going to be killed in the crossfire between Isreali forces and Hamas. But Israel has to protect its people too. hamas is to be blamed for all of this.


majed hamad   January 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Few people dying from heart attacks when an unguided homemade firecrackers lands somewhere in their neighborhood and you hear them justifying killing civilians with
1000 KG guided boom from F-16 in the most the most overpopulated place on earth ( their is a reason the called it the Gaza strip ).
it is like killing a fly in a room full of people with a shotgun


karen   January 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

and to all those complaining about the number of deaths in Gaza versus Israel.

Kepp crying that terrorists are being killed. There are certainly innocent civilians in Gaza, but most of those killed were Hamas soldiers which are terrorists

Like a US general said: It doesn't matter when you look at the numbers, it matters when you look at the tactics.
The IDF clearly showed it is targetting Hamas targets
Hamas clearly showed it is targetting Innocent civilians.

And if you want to look at the numbers, go right ahead. You will lose because yes many innocents died in Gaza-which is sad, but most were terrorists (Hamas soldiers) who died.
Who broke the cease fire? Hamas or Israel
keep crying when you shoot rockets and Israel retaliates.

How about instead of whining, fight against these extremists. Hamas hasn't just caused terror to Israel, it has caused terror to Innocent Palestinians who do not want to lose people, and live in fear. This loss and fear is caused by Hamas period.


Rich   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Larry, Hamas is getting rockets from Iran, both Iran and Hamas want to destroy Israel, they hide all the munitions in Mosks, schools, hospitals and then complain to the world that Israel is targeting civilians, most of the terrorist organizations are muslims, they want us all dead, where the infidels, what is so hard to understand. I guess we should 't stand by our friends and after they destroy them we'll have knowone in the middle east and then they'll on us again, you can't beat your enemy unless you know them and understand them we seem to have a hard time knowing and understanding our enemy.


nusayba   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Thank you for having Hanan Ashrawi on the show. Finally, some perspective.
But aside from her, why aren't we hearing about the Palestinian casualty numbers? Everything is about how the poor Israeli citizens are "scared" and Israel's justification for killing over 400 people and wounding thousands is so that its citizens "feel" safe. It is not "defense" as they claim. It's aggression.
You don't need to massacre on this scale just for the sake of some sense of security. When Israel moves in its ground troops, the results are going to be horrific. It will be a bloodbath because they have no respect for human life or the term "civilian."


Lee   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Mr. King,
I appreciate your willingness to provide both sides of the story on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. My wife, Rhonda Larson, a Grammy winning musician (rhondalarson.com) recently spent one year in the Occupied Territories teaching classical music to young palestinian children. If you would like an insider's perspective on daily life under the occupation please contact me at lee.delisle@wmich.edu.

Keep up your efforts to educate the public!


Armin   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

As someone who survived Bosnian war I am shocked to see that World learned nothing from Balkan conflicts and Srebrenica massacre. This should not be about who's guilty and who "asked for it" but about who's innocent.

"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Deyton Hulcombe   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I completely agreed with Hanan Ashrawi's comments on the show. Indeed it would appear that giving Israel a blank cheque from the USA to carry out violations of International law has made things worse in the middle east. The USA as I see it is the Big brother of the Israeli state and the cousin of the Palastinians and as such should be much more even handed in the relationship going forward.

Also when there was a ceasefire I don't understand why I kept hearing on the news that Israel was killing off Hamas members?


Jennifer   January 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I really believe both sides need to stop. More and more incessant people are getting killed and for what, just to prove something.
I disagree with everyone including President Bush taking the Israelis side. Israel is making the problem worse by destroying all of these incessant lives. Not even that but hasn't Gaza already suffered a lot? Israel already cut off their water and electrical supplies. Please take a moment and look at the death toll: over 400 people from Gaza are killed, and only 4 from Israel. For any one who has a heart please let Israel stop fighting the Palestinians. Stop favoring with Israel and encouraging them to shoot more bombs. I have a lot of family in Gaza, and I'm sure there are a lot of families and loved ones in Gaza.


Tim B.   January 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

It's outrageous that Israel can get away with their terrorist attacks on Gaza. They invaded Lebanon, now they will invade Gaza, and nothing is being done about it! When Iraq invaded Kuwait troops were send in immediately and it eventually led to the occupation of Iraq by the US, under false pretenses nonetheless. Hamas are not angels, but Israel is committing genocide. The world must condemn Israel and hold them accountable for what they are doing. The Israeli leaders must be brought before the War Crimes Tribunal.


I. Vakil   January 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

The problem is that the entire world has been made to belive that the crisis was started by Hamas by firing the rockets into Israel. The actual truth is that GAZA has been like an open prison. The Air, the land and the water route in and out of the GAZA has been controlled by Israel. Its a shame that United states is acting blind and supporting Israel and blaming Hamas for everything. I really wish United States takes an unbiased stand and stop the deaths on BOTH sides and bring an end to the crisis and be a part of a solid long term peace process without being biased. This is our chance to show to the entire world that United States stands for peace.


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

WP, keep your biblical crap out of this. The Jews of Russia and Europe aren't entitled to land in the Middle East. Heraldo Rivera converted to Judaism, has Israel turned into his ancestral home now?

BTW, it was the Romans who banished Jews from Israel, not Arabs.


Dave Green   January 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Hi Larry. I am amazed at the lack of common sense being exhibited here. The Palestinians are firing rockets weekly into Israel. This is the bottom line. During a time of peace, Palestinian's fire rockets aimlessly into Isreal and they expect the US and the world to side with them after the Israeli Government has decided enough is enough, they need to protect their country, their people deserve that. They have taken out military targets identified, being that in a Mosque or House, as long as it has been identified as being used for military actions, then it is fair game by the Geneva Convention. For the Palestinian's to say its wrong to react to the rockets attacks is beyond comprehension. Why isnt anyone standing up and saying, " You are being attacked because you attack others without reason. Until you stop shooting rockets into Israel and , you will be bombed everyday" This is what a country that kills aimlessly deserves. If they want peace, give up the individuals firing the rockets, and make it a crime in Palestine to fire rockets or harm others.


Tal   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Imagine you are sitting in New York and being bombarded by dozens of Katyusha missiles from Canada or any other country, every day randomly for the past few years – people in Israel running into shelters day and night as the sounds of sirens blast through the cities. Non of the Americans would tolerate that for 1 day.
Israel is a country that was always trying to keep peace. It has no desire to have Gaza as part of Israel. Nobody I know will tolerate being bombed daily. The Hamas uses civilians as shield, it is inevitable to have civilians being hurt.


David Klein   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Just some facts:

When the United Nations proposed the establishment of two states in the region—one Jewish, one Arab—the Jews accepted the proposal and declared their independence in 1948. The Jewish state constituted only 1/6 of one percent of what was known as "the Arab world." The Arab states, however, rejected the UN plan and since then have waged war against Israel repeatedly, both all-out wars and wars of terrorism and attrition. In 1948, five Arab armies invaded Israel in an effort to eradicate it.

Jamal Husseini of the Arab Higher Committee spoke for many in vowing to soak "the soil of our beloved country with the last drop of our blood."

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded in 1964—three years before Israel controlled the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO’s declared purpose was to eliminate the State of Israel by means of armed struggle.

The West Bank and Gaza (controlled by Jordan and Egypt from 1948 to 1967) came under Israeli control during the Six Day War of 1967 that started when Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and Arab armies amassed on Israel’s borders to invade and liquidate the state. It is important to note that during their 19-year rule, neither Jordan nor Egypt had made any effort to establish a Palestinian state on those lands. Just before the Arab nations launched their war of aggression against the State of Israel in 1967, Syrian Defense Minister (later President) Hafez Assad stated, "Our forces are now entirely ready . . . to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland . . . the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation."

On the brink of the 1967 war, Egyptian President Gamal Nassar declared:

"Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel."

Because of their animus against Jews, many leaders of the Palestinian cause have long supported our enemies. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem allied himself with Adolf Hitler during WWII. Yasir Arafat, chairman of the PLO and president of the PA, has repeatedly targeted and killed Americans. In 1973, Arafat ordered the execution of Cleo Noel, the American ambassador to the Sudan. Arafat was very closely aligned with the Soviet Union and other enemies of the United States throughout the Cold War.

In 1991, during the Gulf War, Arafat aligned himself with Saddam Hussein, whom he praised as "the defender of the Arab nation, of Muslims, and of free men everywhere."

Israel has, in fact, returned most of the land that it captured during the 1967 war and right after that war offered to return all of it in exchange for peace and normal relations; the offer was rejected. As a result of the 1978 Camp David accords—in which Egypt recognized the right of Israel to exist and normal relations were established between the two countries—Israel returned the Sinai desert, a territory three times the size of Israel and 91 percent of the territory Israel took control of in the 1967 war.

In 2000, as part of negotiations for a comprehensive and durable peace, Israel offered to turn over all but the smallest portion of the remaining territories to Yasir Arafat. But Israel was rebuffed when Arafat walked out of Camp David and launched the intifada.

Yasir Arafat has never been less than clear about his goals—at least not in Arabic. On the very day that he signed the Oslo accords in 1993—in which he promised to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel—he addressed the Palestinian people on Jordanian television and declared that he had taken the first step "in the 1974 plan." This was a thinly-veiled reference to the "phased plan," according to which any territorial gain was acceptable as a means toward the ultimate goal of Israel’s destruction.

The deceased Faisal al-Husseini, a leading Palestinian spokesman, made the same point in 2001 when he declared that the West Bank and Gaza represented only "22 percent of Palestine" and that the Oslo process was a "Trojan horse." He explained:

"When we are asking all the Palestinian forces and factions to look at the Oslo Agreement and at other agreements as ‘temporary’ procedures, or phased goals, this means that we are ambushing the Israelis and cheating them."

The goal, he continued, was "the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea," i.e., the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea—all of Israel.

While criticism of Israel is not necessarily the same as "anti-Semitism," it must be remembered that the Middle East press is, in fact, rife with anti-Semitism. More than fifteen years ago the eminent scholar Bernard Lewis could point out that "The demonization of Jews [in Arabic literature] goes further than it had ever done in Western literature, with the exception of Germany during the period of Nazi rule." Since then, and through all the years of the "peace process," things have become much worse. Depictions of Jews in Arab and Muslim media are akin to those of Nazi Germany, and medieval blood libels—including claims that Jews use Christian and Muslim blood in preparing their holiday foods—have become prominent and routine. One example is a sermon broadcast on PA television where Sheik Ahmad Halabaya stated:

"They [the Jews] must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: ‘Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands.’ Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them."

Over three-quarters of Palestinians approve of suicide bombings—an appalling statistic but, in light of the above facts, an unsurprising one.

There are 21 Arab countries in the Middle East and only one Jewish state: Israel, which is also the only democracy in the region.

Israel is the only country in the region that permits citizens of all faiths to worship freely and openly. Twenty percent of Israeli citizens are not Jewish.

While Jews are not permitted to live in many Arab countries, Arabs are granted full citizenship and have the right to vote in Israel. Arabs are also free to become members of the Israeli parliament (the Knesset). In fact, several Arabs have been democratically elected to the Knesset and have been serving there for years. Arabs living in Israel have more rights and are freer than most Arabs living in Arab countries.

Israel is smaller than the state of New Hampshire and is surrounded by nations hostile to her existence. Some peace proposals—including the recent Saudi proposal—demand withdrawal from the entire West Bank, which would leave Israel 9 miles wide at its most vulnerable point.

The oft-cited UN Resolution 242 (passed in the wake of the 1967 war) does not, in fact, require a complete withdrawal from the West Bank. As legal scholar Eugene Rostow put it, "Resolution 242, which as undersecretary of state for political affairs between 1966 and 1969 I helped produce, calls on the parties to make peace and allows Israel to administer the territories it occupied in 1967 until ‘a just and lasting peace in the Middle East’ is achieved. When such a peace is made, Israel is required to withdraw its armed forces ‘from territories’ it occupied during the Six-Day War—not from ‘the’ territories nor from ‘all’ the territories, but from some of the territories."

Israel has, of course, conceded that the Palestinians have legitimate claims to the disputed territories and is willing to engage in negotiations on the matter. As noted above, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered almost all of the territories to Arafat at Camp David in 2000.

Despite claims that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank are the obstacle to peace, Jews lived there for centuries before being massacred or driven out by invading Arab armies in 1948-49. And contrary to common misperceptions, Israeli settlements—which constitute less than two percent of the territories—almost never displace Palestinians.

The area of the West Bank includes some of the most important sites in Jewish history, among them Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jericho. East Jerusalem, often cited as an "Arab city" or "occupied territory," is the site of Judaism’s holiest monument. While under Arab rule (1948-67), this area was entirely closed to Jews. Since Israel took control, it has been open to people of all faiths.

Finally, let us consider the demand that certain territories in the Muslim world must be off-limits to Jews. This demand is of a piece with Hitler’s proclamation that German land had to be "Judenrein" (empty of Jews). Arabs can live freely throughout Israel, and as full citizens. Why should Jews be forbidden to live or to own land in an area like the West Bank simply because the majority of people is Arab?


Alex   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

It is terrible and sad that civilians are getting killed. There are quite a few statements calling israel's actions a "disproportionate response." In my view what we see, instead, is a disproportionate irresponsibility: Israel makes every effort to protect its population whereas Hamas makes every effort to put their population in harm's way. Hamas has a very simple way to end this - just stop firing rockets. Why don't they do it?


jeff bloom   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Hamas comes out and fires at Israel then runs and hides behind the innocent civilians. How cowardly is that. How can Israel sit back and let Hamas destroy the Israelies people.


junior   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Am I the only one that remembers the palistinians celebrating in the streets on 9/11? I think they made it pretty clear whose side they were on then. We should have let Israel do this a long time ago.


Ed Pearce   January 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm ET

why would anyone want to raise their children in a neighborhood where people shoot bombs at other people, unless they themselves have no regards for human life. To them its seems ok to hate others and inflict pain on them and their own families. But if someone rises up against them it is all of the sudden wrong. What I see is people who obviously do not care about their children or they would not raise them to think that Israel is their enemy to begin with. All people have the right to live in peace but peace is not found when your told that you have to hate others. There are many people who sympathize with the people in Gaza. I will pray that the children dont have to suffer because their parents are not smart enough to wake up and rise up against the people who are causing the problem.......Hamas


TERRENCE   January 2nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I am so tired of the arrogance of Israeli jews,they murder Palestine arabs 100 to 1.The Arabs need anti tank,anti aircraft weaponery.I for one will raise $$$ for that cause.


Rachel Yane   January 2nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

to all the Samantha's and the Muhamads:
Israel is not occupying Gaza. it evaccuated Gaza 3 years ago and in return the hamas has been bombarding Israel with thousands of rockets.
The Hamas is violating 3 human rights laws: Targeting Israeli civilians,
using their own civilians as human shields and vowing to eliminate the state of israel, a member of the UN.
* To those of you who are apalled by the fact that "only" 4 Israeli are dead in comparison to 400 Palestinians, – most of the 400 are Hamas terrorists, "only" 25% of them are civilians. Israel is going out of its way, compramizing its own people's security to avoid civilian casualties, but when the hamas themselves are making sure that they hide behind civilians, well... there is no math to be done!


Mohammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

The world needs to understand is that Israel controlls the Gaza strip from land, sea, and air. They contorl water flow into the city, electric, etc. Over the past year they've been cutting off water supplies and electric. Its winter time and people have no heat, or food. You can't have one way tready with Israel still occupying Gaza and controlling food supplies and everything else. To have a fair and honest truce Israel needs to withdrawl from all Palestinian land and allow huminitarian aid to Gaza and the rest of Palestinians. It's a shame that innocent children are being bombed and yet no country has spoken against Israel. Why is eveone affraid of speaking the truth.


Chris   January 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

If Israel goes in with ground troops, many Jewish soldiers will die, but moreso will be captured and tortured beyond belief. They better be ready to lose a thousand troops or more because urban warfare favors the Kalishnakov AK rifles and RPG's . The roadside bombs are set and they will melt the Israeli tanks. Israel should support the casual Palestinian person by promise of prosperity if they oust Hamas. Hamas is popular only because they supply Food, Medicine, and Education, all of which Israel has denied to Palestine.

Again I Emplore Obama to step up and stop this from being a disaster. This coverage on Larry King is very biased and not fair. How can Jewish broadcasting be fair when they hate Palestine ?

This is all so ridiculous.

(good evening Lilian, nice to see you)


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

If America were 'occupied' by a foreign power, if America's borders were locked by a foreign power and Americans were barred from getting food or medicine...If Americas electrical grids were bombed so that Americans were left to sit in the dark and cold. If thousands of Americans were routinely killed; if American homes were bulldozed to make room for foreign 'settlers'...How would Americans respond?

Remember, America is in the middle of a war killing people who did NOTHING, in Iraq. If Americans truly suffered what Palestinians suffer routinely, don't doubt America would have organizations of its own much like Hamas.


HELEN   January 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Hammas have the right to defend them selfes .palestinian people elected them so they are legtamit goverment weather we like it or not we have to deal with them not just be one sided toward IsreaL Hammas will servive.


Jeremy   January 2nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Why won't they just settle this in a peaceful way? I mean, look, how many people have died because of this war?


Jeff   January 2nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

the Israel propaganda machine is in high gear, but the more they keep talking the more ridiculous they sound, Hamas wants the destruction of Israel, yeah, with rocks ???? Israel is an occupying power, ask any Israeli where their parents came from, europe, new york etc, on the other hand ask the people of gaza where their parents came from, GAZA. i cannot understand how Condi Rice can stand there with a staight face and say Hamas is the one on the wrong. just like apartheid in Soth Africa Israel will one day cease to exist and then there will be peace. white people trying to colonize people, yeah it's never happened before.
god be with the palestinians. by the way i dont suppoert Hamas way of doing things before you brand me a terrorist


Aleem   January 2nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

What a shame it is that the world has learnt nothing from the past 60 years of conflict in the middle east. When Isreal attacks civilian population with brutal force and the American president justifies the violance, it makes me sick to my stomach. Is it possible that some day we will have a foreign policy which is actually made in washington DC and not in Isreal.


Walter M.   January 2nd, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Is this land and the monuments being fought over for possession forms of false idols breaking the Idolatary commandment which is at the root of this confict?


Sylvia   January 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Without going back to the chicken and the egg let us simply remember that Israel illegally occupies another nation. Any half intelligent person should be able tofigure out the rest without much help


Lilian   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

The media has not helped in this matter. CNN is scared of being labelled biased and thus deprived of truth. The thruth is that HAMAS and their support need to be scolded. Hamas is attacking Isreal from Civilian population and no body is focusing on that. The pressure should be on Hamas. I guess we still have wise and intelligent people in the world. We must not be distracted by Hamas gimics.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

let me tell u something we will be pleased if israel make a ground attack because we are the family of this land we know what we do.will be their end. just like what happend in lebanon 2 years ago.why?because we love martydorm,we go to fight to die.and the israilies are very cowards they go to fight afraid of being killed.


Mark   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

How ironic it is that Ashkelon, the town in Israel that Hamas is shooting rockets into , is the the city that provides Gaza with its electricity. This electricity is used to help Hamas construct their rockets they fire upon Israel, Think about that.


Al   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

It is a fact that Israel started the Hammas rocket attacks as it has started every problem in Middle East after its occupation of Palestinian land in 48, anyone who doesn’t believe this can do some fact finding. It’s hard to believe that Israelis are mostly the descendents of the holocaust survivors of WWII with the way they act today, but if the Palestinians were Christians, do you think Israel would have been allowed to commit crime after crime after crime?!


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Jeremy, because Israelis have Palestinians locked up in what amounts to a concentration camp.

You cannot persecute a people and ask them to just take it.

The US, and the Arab neighbors to Israel, MUST resolve a 2 state solution.


Ken   January 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Hammas is a terrorist organization simple as that... Period.
Hammas are no different than Osama/Al Qaeda...etc
They use Suicide Bombers.. Hide amond civilians and all the cowards acts.
India got the message clear from the mumbai bombing.. and they no comments on Israel... because they feel then pain!
So are you feel the pain?? i don't think so.. not until it hits your own backyard? or another series of 9/11 in your own city or country?
U.S must support Israel so the world will be peaceful.


pegasus   January 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Why can't the Jews make their happy home in Palm Beach and Beverly Hills, and be HAPPY. What the hell? They will never find any further happiness
Why can't we just move them back to Germany? Anywhere. Israelis location is obvisously in the WRONG area. There are plenty of other oppsions. Just move it!


Mike   January 2nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

I am neither Muslim nor Jew but as an American I can not understand how the United States can tacitly support the brutal degradation of the Palestinian people. They have been displaced from their land, deprived of basic human rights and now are being merciless bombed. If America can not relinquish its bias towards Israel, then I hope that the International community will find a way to help the Palestinians.


Robert   January 2nd, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Here's a letter I wrote to Barack Obama:

Dear President-elect Obama,

I am outraged by today's news of bombing attacks by Israel on Gaza! More than 200 people have already been killed and likely three or more times as many injured. These attacks are in retribution for Palestinian rockets that are falling on Israel. And, of course, these rocket attacks are in response for the lengthy choking off of the Gaza by Israel by severely restricting shipments of goods into the Gaza Strip. Hamas is now planning more serious attacks on Israel in retaliation for the hundreds killed by the ongoing air strikes by Israel. WILL THIS EVER STOP?

Israel is engaging in ethnic cleansing, and using arms and munitions that at least in part have been funded (and supplied) by the United States. I don't want to fund this kind of behavior, and I believe you share my opinion. I spite of the severe financial situation we find ourselves in, the Israeli-Palestinian must be high on your agenda. You must aim at this problem immediately because it is the right thing to do, and until an equitable solution is implemented, there will be no peace, ... none.


tony   January 2nd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Let them have at it.
Hamas wants a fight let Israel kick their butt.
What’s the big deal?
How long has it been going on?
I am tired of here about the sniveling bleeding hearts bicthin about the bombs Israel drops but not the rockets Hama's is launching into Israel's land.
Oh yah there just short range rockets they only go a little ways befroe they kill.
but big Israel has planes with guided bombs they hit what they aim at not just launched and free fall to who nows where!
It would be better if Israel just gased them and got it over with!!!!!!!!!


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:22 pm ET

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Lilian, Ken, assuming you understand what Palestinians have been suffering under occupation, what would you do if you were in their position?

If you don't know what the Palestinians have been suffering, inform yourself before babbling further.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

we r in the month of muharram (ashura)so imam husein is waiting for all the martyrs.palestaine u can do it


fafa   January 2nd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

ummmmmmmm i think Hamas has all the right to fight Israel


Mohammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Rachel,

more then 78 children, 34 women have died the past 6 days. where is your sympothy for them? Gaza is the most condensed city in the world with 1.5 M people living in it. They've got no bomb shelters to hide or anything. With Gaza being geographically small Hamas has no way of keeping its buildings far from the civilian population. You also need to understand just like USA supplies Israel with weapons, Iran will also keep supplying Hamas with weapons and it's a never ending cycle until Israel nukes all of the arab nations because that is its goal.


GA Hartman   January 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Why are people ignoring the fact that Hamas ended the truce by
firing off 300 or more rockets in one week at Israelis? When are the Palestinians who want to live peaceably going to get rid of Hamas?
Aren't they tired of Hamas installing rockets in their homes to shoot
at Israelis? Why don't they rise up and take Gaza back from Hamas? The reason is because Hamas has all the weapons and they don't have any real power against them. What if they received weapons from an outside source to fight Hamas? I've been to Israel. It's a small country-about 50 miles at its widest and 250 miles at its longest. Does the world really expect that Israelis are going to allow a terrorist group like Hamas who is on record for wanting to wipe them off the face of the earth to continue to shoot rockets at them? I
I agree with "Benjamin's" comment about how no one really seems
to speak out against the violence done to Israel until Israel defends itself. When NYC was bombed, the U.S. didn't sit still. Why should the Israelis? Egypt and Jordan are silent as well as other Middle East countries. Where is their help? Where is their outcry? The United
States should be careful of condemning Israel. After all, during World War II the government knew about the concentration camps and did nothing about them. The State of Israel was created as a homeland for Jews that apparently weren't welcome in most of Europe. Don't
forget that during the Lebanon War of 2006 some Arabs were caught in several different locations with the same dead or injured neighbors
or family members. Terrorists also set up rockets in homes and
appeared with groups of children around them for protection. If you
want to talk about respect for human life, look to the Israelis. They are known for trading hundreds of Arab prisoners for one or two (often dead) Israelis. Years ago I read an article in The Jerusalem
Post about a group of Arabs who hacked an Arab to death in one
of the squares in Bethlehem who was accused of being a traitor.
Makes you think, doesn't it?


James   January 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Dear Larry: there is a movement here in seattle Washington that there is a group of men willing to go to Israel th help with the people even taking up guns to here is over thirty men willing to go at any time. It is to say we have to keep listing to this kind of trouble. when will these other countrys ever learn? Jim


Ken   January 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Omar, before babbling further why don't you help your Palestinians fellows and fight Israel? let see what happens.


Farid   January 2nd, 2009 10:27 pm ET

a reminder to all supporter of the Nazi Zionist regime AKA Israel, Hamas was democratically elected by the people, under the watch of international observers, there is no democracy a la carte here. US policy that champions the spread of the democracy in the region, is the same policy that funds genocide after genocide against defensless civilians. Gaza was starved, under siege for months ago, wait for US media to have reported that...

Israel has the absolute right to exists and deserves a land in the Sympathetic Christian West that historically prosecuted the jews and awoke when needed them most after WWII to play the moral high ground, feel guilty and grant them a land in the heart of the Muslim world that for so long accomodated the Jews that fled Christian prosecution from Spain to Germany to name a few. Israel will never have the moral legitimacy to settle in the Mid East, No fire power will subdue the will of the people to gain their land back, whether today or a thousand years from now. Some people will never surrender..period.

US support, Money and power will allow Israel to market the image of the lamb, History has written it a ruthless wolf long ago.


Michael   January 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

I think it is reprehensible that CNN allow Palestinian commentators like
Adnan Hashrawi to insult our intelligence on CNN. Does she (and CNN, by allowing her to talk on CNN) think the world that is watching is stupid? Hamas broke the cease-fire. Period.

We feel and mourn what the Palestinian civilians are going through. They (the Palestinian people themselves) should remove Hamas, the real oppressors.

Blame Israel? For what?


Khalifah M. Mohamed   January 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

The United Nation is the cause of what's happening today, and they have it in their power, to correct what they did to bring about the destruction of hate, that's taking place today. They, should place sanctions and dissolve the state of Israel. the rightful entitled landowners, in order,
for peace to be established in the Midddle East.


Nickie   January 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

President Clinton wasn't a cowered. He didn't just talk about peace he made it happen. President Bush redefines cowered. He has done nothing but throw more brush into the fire. President Elect Obama is going to have step up and take control of this media made mess. We are only getting one side of the story. Does anyone really know who or what Hammas really is? No, why because the media and Pres. Bush isn't telling you. There not saying there terriost and there not saying there good....they aren't saying anything. What is really going on?


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

bengorion who establishd israel said: the third war that defeat israel will be end of this zionizim racism rigiem.

he said that not me.
1-lebanon 2000
2-lebanon 2006
3-gaza(now)


Bob Feferman   January 2nd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Larry
The only thing that has been disproportionate in all of this is the silence of the world over the 5,000 rockets and mortar shells fired at Israeli towns like Sderot over the past three and a half years. The international media failed to report on that, therefore it was if it didn't happen. Where was the outrage when children in Sderot were running for shelters for over three years?


Omar   January 2nd, 2009 10:30 pm ET

America is a country that used to embrace the subjugation and humiliation of 'colored' people within its own borders.

My theory is that they've exported that sport. Had Palestinians generally been fairer skinned, had they had more english accents, I imagine most white Americans would be less tolerant of the occupation and the oppression of the Palestinian people.


bruce   January 2nd, 2009 10:31 pm ET

What I find amazing is the use of CNN as a tool of the Hamas propaganda machine. Larry ,is it possible that there are not more Israeli victims because they live in bunkers and have an advance warning systems a few minutes befortethe hamas missles land. Is it surprising that the Israelis do not lift there blockade from their border with gaza to allow more accurate and deadly arms into gaza. If the Israelis wanted to control Gaza they would not have left. Besides isn't there a border with Egypt...The term occupation is used.....by who is gaza occupied? Who are these refugees we always hear about...the ones receiving a check from the UN for the last 60 years. This is one of the reasons they remain as refugees. Finally most of the experts you have commenting are typically antagonists of Israel and your non arab/moslem reporters on the ground are all afraid of offending the palestinian cause in an effort to maintain their appearance of not leaning towards an Israeli position. CNN's motto "the most trusted name in news" is a little suspect. I find al jazeera to be a little more trustworthy. I was watching anderson cooper tonight. He asked your reporter Ben Wederman if the cause of the civilian casualties was that hamas hid among them. His heming and hawing, afraid to answer the question in the afirmative, resulted in a factualy incorrect answer saying there was no room in gaza.....There is alot more to say but as I began...It's sad to see CNN being used as a propaganda tool.


Michael   January 2nd, 2009 10:31 pm ET

1) It is important for Larry King to question the assertions of invited guests like Hanan Ashrawi. There is no siege of Gaza by Israel alone. Egypt can open its borders anytime. It is unfair to expect Israel under attack to be the only door to the outside world for the Gazans. If the siege was real no weapons would be imported from Egypt.

2) Disproportion in military response is the only way to secure peace. Expecting Israel to respond only rocket for rocket, injured for injured is a recipe for maintaining the conflict alive. Those who are for peace should favor a disproportional response it will save lives in the future.
Notice that Hezbollah is no longer attacking from the North.

Hamas is sworn to Israel destruction even at the expense of their own people. It is time for them to learn that extreme positions do not serve the cause of peace and will only hasten their own demise.


Sari   January 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

I don't understand what the palestinians are complaining about.
The Hamas party was democratically elected by the Palestinians, who all knew it is a terrorist organization.
After that, the Hamas started firing missiles on civilians in Israel, in cities that have never been part of the conflict.
When the Hamas started firing the civilians in Israel, no Palestinian tried to stop them, or replace the leadership.
So now, when Israel if retaliating, those civilians are innocent? and want Israel to stop?
Of course the reaction of Israel is dis-proportionate. Israel is 1000 times stronger, and the Hamas knew that when they fired their missiles. I wouldn't pick a fight with someone who is 1000 times bigger than me, and then complain that he is hurting me...

Why has Hamas started firing on innocent civilians in Israel in the first place? The Israeli forces have left the Gaza strip 2 and a half years ago!!!
Moreover, Israel is firing only on military targets, Hamas is firing ONLY on civilians houses.
What would any other country do if someone fired missiles into its territory?
And finally, If the situation is that bad in Gaza, why isn't the Hamas asking for a cease-fire? why keep threatening?


Mohammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Hamas was elected by the Palestinians as the government of Palestine. Israel can have peace talks with Fatah, They've tried that for 2 years and look where we are. Israel still occupying parts of the West Bank and still killing innocent people everyday. Hamas is being denounced because they fight for their land that was stolen for them because the world fell bad for the Jews. Who are we kidding? You make it seem like the Palestinians were the ones that caused the holocaust.


Farizal Resat   January 2nd, 2009 10:37 pm ET

It is easy, its all about mentality, we are so attached to the material until considered it to be divine. What is the true definition of freedom? it is the end of suffering. If both sides, the Israelis and Palestinian were meditating mindfully together in a long period of time this kind of massacre wouldn't happen. Why should something material like soil, house, property be divine? Are we human not divine enough. Its a vicious cycle from eons unknown, of "I am better than you" and "I have this/that right". What rights do we have upon this earth? The only right we have is to share it with all humanity. So to all please meditate and see your deepest fear and understand. We were extremely in a state of inferiority and fear. Share the food with your neighbor and spread love to all.


Walter M.   January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

God created the 10 commandment as a way to connect people. Countries borders are represented by the flags each country flies. Flags are false idols which are so powerful that guns and bombs are needed to protect these flag idols. Idolatary is the trickest commandment because is comes disguised as a friend.


Sonya   January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

An occupying force defending itself?? Something does not sound right!!!


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

go israili tank(mergava) the pride of israel go and advanced but remember how the great fighters of hizbullah played with ur tanks with their hands just like a video game.


Ronald   January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

It is very unfortunate all worlds watching this genocide by Isreal. The Palestineans are living in Getto. Gaza is a tiny piece of land where 1.5 million people live under unimaginable conditions. Isreal blocked this tiny piece of land, the entire population is cut off from the rest of the world, they have starved the people, no food, no medication, no employment. What are Palestinians rockets? these are nothing more than fire crackers, How con you justify 400 Palestinian v/s 4 Isreal killing, the numbers speak for themselves. Jews and the isreali lobby pretty much own all the media in US, and present one sided story. Killing of innocents can never be justified by one. What Hitler did to Jews was very cruel but, they are doing the same to Palestinians.


anwar   January 2nd, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Lary stop showing Nic Robertson hiding. this seen is not real for Gods sake. all is normal around him how can he do that? is he being paid by the isrealis to generate sympathy and justification for Isreal to get away with such murder of the palestinans in Gaza?


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:43 pm ET

anwar thats true..i like that coment


David   January 2nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

It is almost natural for the International community (with a few notable exceptions) to blame Israel for any moves that it makes to defend its people. Hamas has never defended its people it has never taken a responsible attitude towards governance and it has always placed those Palestinians that have the misfortune to live under its control in harms way. Rockets are fired into Israel primarily to cause as much disruption to Israeli life as possible. If these rockets kills and injure people then that is a bonus for them. All of this knowing full well that there will be a price to pay. Theirs is not a fight for freedom but simply an attempt to provoke an aggressive war. Freedom fighters generally aim to get to the negotiating table where they can get some agreement. When there is no desire to achieve an agreement, the negotiating table as the rockets becomes just another strategy for provoking a cycle of violence that will continue. The ones who will really suffer are the Palestinians. Poorly led, governed and advised the people clutch at whatever they can, lurching from one corrupt politic to another. It is entirely possible that Israel may well be the best friend that they could possibly have, certainly there is more willingness within Israel to live in peace than in Gaza. The question is how do they hold out their hand in friendship.

Well it seems that Hamas have once again succeeded in selling their people more strife and death and misery. But two things are certain. Israel will defend its people and borders and Israel will stop all action if they see a change of activity in Gaza and it will stop without any international pressure. Egypt and Jordan understand this very well. They did not need pressure to make peace with Israel they figured it out all by themselves.


Mohammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Ground invasion by the IDF will mean a 2nd defeat for israel. We all know that without the fancy weapons that the U.S supplies israel they could not last for a day against either Hamas or Hizullah.


mjr   January 2nd, 2009 10:48 pm ET

If it wasn't so sad, it would almost be funny. The comments are heart felt but mostly misguided. A few very simple questions.

How many Fatah members did Hamas kill in their military take over of Gaza.

If they are willing to kill their own Palestinian brothers what do you think would happen if they were in control of their Zionist enemy?

Does anyone really think the slaughter wouldn't be horrific? I'm not talking about a few hundred but millions.

How is it that Israel has managed to keep it's peace treaty with both Egypt and Jordan, once they stopped calling for Israels destruction.

Does anyone not think that by no longer calling for the destruction of Israel that real peace could be had?


Shai   January 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Israel had withdrawn from Gaza few years ago, but any funds that were collected and given to the Hamas were spent on more and more weapons. It is time that the Hamas and the Palestinian people take the responsibility on themselves for the way they live rather than always turning it on Israel. Not a single new residential compound was built on the ruins of the old settlements that used to exist in Gaza, but many new military camps were.

It is a great interest of Israel that the Palestinians will rise and prosper, so Israel could spend less on its defense and more on its development. However, a long lasting situation where a terror organization holds its own people hostage and the citizens of Israel under constant attacks is unacceptable. Why don't we ask ourselves, what are the economic and social platforms for the Palestinian people, as any normal government provides to its people? Why wiping out Israel is its one and only target? Will prosperity to the Palestinian people come only when Israel ceases to exist? What is the bright horizon the Hamas is offering to its people?

By far, Israel has conducted the most moral means of fighting such terrorism. No country in the world is using as much highly guided weaponry. If hurting civilians would have been its target, Israel would not have used the most advanced laser and satellite guided bombs. There is only one immoral side in this fighting – the Hamas.


Farid   January 2nd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Israel uses air power to disguise the perception that israelites are historically weak cowards, until they come face to face with the indegenous people of the land they occupy. Uniforms and guns never defined manhood. Justice is what distinguish a real man...fight for justice and it never fails.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

king of jordan and mubarak ur people are the arabs not the israilis and not the americans stop support them.u.s.a and israel when they r done with ur services they will throw both of u in the history of garbage as they always do


Ronald   January 2nd, 2009 10:59 pm ET

US is the most powerful and responsible country, people of this country have elected Obama with some expectations, he must step in and start working for peace in that region. peace between Isreal and Palestiane is very essential, both need to recognize each other. Isreal should stop bombing the most densely populated land of the world and Palestinians should stop the rocket attacks, nothing can be achieved by violence. Peace will not be easy, but it is not impossible.


Pini Wolman   January 2nd, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Friday, January 02, 2009
For 7 years Israel is bombarded off and on by Chama’s. Hundreds of thousand of Israeli citizens are subject to this aggression. How long more should Israel or any country bares this kind of bombardment of her civilian’s day in and out.

The Palestine’s in Gaza are playing double standard they are shooting the Kasam rockets to Israel and are crying that Israel are trying to defend them self.

Its time that the civil Palestine’s population in Gaza will request or vote out the Chama’s they are the once that are bringing time and again this disaster on there people.


Root Cause   January 2nd, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Israel was established on Palestinian land occupied under a British mandate. That's the root cause of the unrest in the middle east.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:05 pm ET

pini wolman its hammas no chamas.probably u still in shock of hizbullah victory in 2000 and 2006


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:10 pm ET

shai, what is going with u be smart that is from the israili t.v.the hammas fighter is saving the childe of being hit from ur bullets


Mahjabeen Islam   January 2nd, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Thank you Larry for having a sense of justice and having Hannan Ashrawi come on your show and letting her speak and explain Israeli barbarism. Thank you for not talking over her and cutting her off. It is so sad that a people that suffered one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the world in the Holocaust continues to perpetrate genocide on a people that is barely armed in comparison. How sad it is that a nation has forgotten so soon, so much!


Heidi Bednarek   January 2nd, 2009 11:12 pm ET

I have read many of the comments and find them very interesting. I
watched Larry King and we all saw how many children were dead or
injured. I truly believe that the U.S. as an ally of Israel will soon have
hell to pay for supporting Israel. Yes they have a strong Lobby here
in this Country and any President better dance to their rules, ask Bush senior – he knows.
I think Israel has gone way to far for too long and I don't think they are interested in peace, but chaos is what they thrive on. If Israel is allowed to have nucular weapons – why are other in the region not
allowed. I truly think Israel is a total oppressor and the Palistinians
have suffered enough – and for what? They are not even able to
defend themselfs. What a terrible sin Israel is committing with our
help and money. That why we will have hell to pay.


Sam.   January 2nd, 2009 11:13 pm ET

Mr. King, Watching the news all day long about civilian people being killed its so sad,I wounder when people of USA will understand the Israel terror on Palestinian people most of them children, When will they Fed up from killing on innocent children, hey world wake up because we are in deep sleep, what Hitler did to israely people,now israel is doing to palestinian, This is so unacceptable...
Someone has to stop till terror before God will punish all of us. Shame on all people who are supporting this terror, shame on All muslim countries who are in deep sleep, and ler others to kill muslim children only because they are muslin,
enaugh is enaugh


Tabatha   January 2nd, 2009 11:20 pm ET

This whole thing sickens me. They are saying that Israel has the right to defend its self, well so do the Palestinians. I would be taking action too if my people are having to eat grass because they don't have any food, water, electricity to light up their houses or turn on their gas to keep warm or to power up hospitals, don't have any kind of medical supplies, and this is all because Israel closed off the borders and not letting anything go in or out.
These people are going threw so much. Even before all of this. When Israel was inside of Gaza. I have seen pictures of children died because of Israel soldiers. There was this one child who was baried alive, because an Israeli soldier bulldozed her home down and she was inside.
They call us Muslims terrorist. HA! Israel are the terroist. Bush goes and says that Hamas firing the rockets are an 'act of terroism'. WTF ever. Bush needs to get a brain and a new set of vocabulary.
America is only on the Israeli's side because this is a Christian country and they think that the Jews are "God's Children". If they were so called suppose to be God's children, then why are they so evil? They killed prophets, invented the Interest(which we should never take, because everyone struggles when they do take it.), and everything else that is bad. Also the fact that most of the people in power are jews. If we got rid of Israel and had them as our rivals, we wouldn't be have this war with the Middle East. They would be our allies. Our gas would probaly even be cheaper.
I am sorry but I am so ashamed of being an American. I was born in America and raised Christian. I converted to Islam almost two years ago. I am so glad that I did, because if not I would be so ignorant and closed-minded like the rest of america.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:23 pm ET

hitler faild in one thing

that he did not exterminate them all.look the ones that stayed alive what r they doing.


Farid   January 2nd, 2009 11:26 pm ET

A correction for the Israeli Ambassador to the US on Larry King tonight, I quote: "decision are being made in Jerusalem". Implying Jerusalem is the capital of the Zionist entity, he be happy with Tel Aviv as is.. Jerusalem never been and will never be a capital to the ruthless thugs he speaks for. I visited the city recently, Prime real estate within the walls belongs to Islam and Christianity, their wailing wall is the back wall of the Al Aqsa mosque.


Al   January 2nd, 2009 11:27 pm ET

I cannot believe the number of so called educated bloggers who take the side of Israel so blindly, a country that has been condemed by the internation community time and again for their acts in middle east. a country that has the highest insidents of espinage in the U.S., a country that has no respect for anyone, friend or foe, a country that had attacked a U.S. ship years ago causing many death and distruction, a country that literally and virtually is running the U.S.
Please be open minded, do some self education on this issue if you really want to know what's going on.


Bradley   January 2nd, 2009 11:27 pm ET

While sad this fighting will never stop in my opinion. There are more important things to direct our true deep down American Spirits towards like global warming and the human race living up to our true potential. We had our own civil war and we should stop buying foreign products and empower our own home based companies....


Root Cause   January 2nd, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Larry, Israel was established on Palestinian land under a British Mandate and under the guise that, in antiquity, the Kingdoms of Israel, Judah and Judea had once existed there. It would be honourable of CNN (and Larry King) to provide an accurate account of the root cause of the unrest in "Palestine and Gaza." Does CNN have the guts to do it? I doubt it because of your affiliation to Israel. Prove me wrong!


tal   January 2nd, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Would you tolerate being bombed for seven years without defending yourself? For the past seven years the citizens of southern Israel have been under attacks. Where was the world then? Israel has the basic right to defend its citizens. Israel did not fire on innocent Palestinians for the past seven years, Hamas targeted Israeli civilians for the past seven years! Look at the normal lives of many Palestinians in the West Bank. No one has bombed them. You know why? Because the Hamas does not control the west bank. Because they chose to live in peace. People of Gaza should learn from them. I am sadden by all killing, on both sides, but Hamas is using his own people as human shields! Would you do that to your own people????????


7anesh Dibwany   January 2nd, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Its funny how people look at Israel as the victim, when really its the bully.


Mike   January 2nd, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Why it is hopeless:

Hamas is a terrorist organization par excellence. Period. A militia whose “fighters” take cover behind women and children.
They fire their rockets from densely populated civilian areas aiming innocent civilians.
As soon as Israel retaliates in an attempt to defend its citizens the leaders of the “freedom fighting” movement dress up as doctors and hide in hospitals.
Yes – this is what Israel had to deal with. Something that most people in the civilized western hemisphere fail to understand.
What would the US do if, for example, a Muslim terror organization controlled Tijuana and fired rockets from there into San Diego?

Hamas’s agenda is the destruction of Israel. They thrive on hate and live off of it. Young children are being brainwashed to hate Israel and to become martyrs from very young age. They suckle this extreme, crazy, destructive, ideology from infancy.
Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza strip completely in 2005 and instead of taking their fate in their own hands, start building some kind of a self governed state the Hamas took over and started doing what their dear brothers, the Hezbollah, did in Lebanon.

This all leads to the head of the beast – the extreme Iranian state.
Unfortunately Israel will have to live by the word in the foreseeable future. Israel will persevere though since it has every moral right and historical claim over the land. Moreover it has no choice but to withstand those blood thirsty beasts who attempts to destroy it.
Egypt, Jordan, and to some extent Syria have realized that force is not the way to deal with Israel and have learned the hard way that Israel is the to stay.
This is something that some of the Arab world, led today by Iran, has not yet come to terms with.
There will be more bloodshed unfortunately before the rest of the Arab world accepts Israel right to exist.
Live and let live!


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:41 pm ET

Tal,Tal,Tal shame on u ur talking of seven years.thats funny look if ur making ur self smart think again..palestine is under attak for 60 years.


7anesh Dibwany   January 2nd, 2009 11:41 pm ET

Since when has liberating your land considered terrorism.


Farid   January 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm ET

Mike easy for you to take the moral high ground from your comfy couch. To correct you Iran is not Arab, you refelct complete ignorance of the real problem, or you pretend to. Israel has the absolute right to exist, maybe in your town or state, not my neighborhood. Go dig real history which does not lie like Fox or wherever you are getting your polished views.


7anesh Dibwany   January 2nd, 2009 11:45 pm ET

Since when has liberating your land been considered terrorism.


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:46 pm ET

israel do what u want to do you r sending martyrs to heaven to meet with profet muhammad and with imam ali and hasan and hussein and all the house hold of the profet and friends of the profet.


Farid   January 2nd, 2009 11:48 pm ET

since the audience bacame a cattle that do not bother to consult real history but sit on the couch and consumes US media polished reports that never put the real problem in context, It's simple and called occupation. Americans know it better than any1, that's why we do not report to her majesty since 1776. what happened to the audience in this country?


muhammad   January 2nd, 2009 11:52 pm ET

Mike force is the only way to liberate ur self.if the dogs of egypt and jordan give hammas simple weapons we r talking similar to what hezbullah used to have they can do it and liberate palestain


Mike   January 2nd, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Kudos Farid for the quick response. Someone is obviously paying good money to seat there and fire back so quickly; part of a well organized propaganda?
I am well aware that Iran originally is Persian. It’s a crying shame that the extreme Islam hijacked it from its ancient Persian tradition of Cyrus the great and Xerxes.
May the glory of the old Persian tradition come back soon and replace the current Iranian regime.


Mike   January 2nd, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Kudos Farid for the quick response. Someone is obviously paying you good money to sit there and fire back so quickly; part of a well organized propaganda?
I am well aware that Iran originally is Persian. It’s a crying shame that the extreme Islam hijacked it from its ancient Persian tradition of Cyrus the great and Xerxes.
May the glory of the old Persian tradition come back soon and replace the current Iranian regime.


Farid   January 3rd, 2009 12:00 am ET

Bravo, Mike it took you a while but you proved you opened a book or googled it, I still give you credit and appreciate the effort.

No one pays me, a man is defined by what he stands for and not by who he associate with, I stand for Justice.

reminder. Both the Iranian president and Hamas leadership came to power thru the ballot, with International observers validating their legitimacy. Democracy can never be a la carte. It's either it is or not. It's hard for the blind west to swallow.


Kenneth   January 3rd, 2009 12:01 am ET

You can't run 'ruffshod' over 1.5 million people and expect them to love you. As I understand it the Israeli control over these people is so severe that Israel can actually stop the western media outlets from covering what's actually going on. If what you're doing is 'so just and needed' why not let the rest of the world see? I've also read that even the Palistinian's flow of food and medical supplies are controlled. Their religious centers, water and electric plants, schools, and hospitals although not targeted are considered colateral damage. Also as I understand it over 650,000 people in Gaza have been prevented access to basic necessesities for most of 2008. Once again, these people are not going to love you. In the entire history of Hamas, exactly what have these attacks on Palistine ever done to stop them? It's time for a fresh way to look at things and to come up with new workable solutions. I think somebody should open up a string of old fogie sports bars and we should get out of the way and let these young people build there own world. Hell we still fighting the war between the states.


muhammad   January 3rd, 2009 12:03 am ET

mike brobably iran is paying farid to fire so quickly.

mike r u fool or what.


Sam.   January 3rd, 2009 12:03 am ET

Mr. King, Watching the news all day long about civilian people being killed its so sad,I wounder when people of USA will understand the Israel terror on Palestinian people most of them children, When will they Fed up from killing on innocent children, hey world wake up because we are in deep sleep, what Hitler did to israely people,now israel is doing to palestinian, This is so unacceptable…
Someone has to stop till terror before God will punish all of us. Shame on all people who are supporting this terror, shame on All muslim countries who are in deep sleep, and let others to kill muslim children only because they are muslin,
enaugh is enaugh


Larissa   January 3rd, 2009 12:32 am ET

Larry,
Please, what Israel has been doing with Palestinians is a Holocaust. I can't believe when I see that people trying to show Israel like a victm, They have been killing a lot of people, They have been occupying the land of the Palestinian people and the USA doing nothing. You should show the truth, You are alble to do this because You are different. I saw when You did the interview with Armadnejad, You were so impartial, we need to see what have been happened.


anwar   January 3rd, 2009 12:47 am ET

Just some facts:

Whose Facts? Misleading Facts? How Media and historians distorted facts.

When the United Nations proposed the establishment of two states in the region—one Jewish, one Arab—the Jews accepted the proposal and declared their independence in 1948. The Jewish state constituted only 1/6 of one percent of what was known as “the Arab world.” The Arab states, however, rejected the UN plan and since then have waged war against Israel repeatedly, both all-out wars and wars of terrorism and attrition. In 1948, five Arab armies invaded Israel in an effort to eradicate it.

Independance From Whome? Have you bother yourself to read History of the Conflict? Have you read about Dair Yaseen and Dair Qasem ?What the size of Isreal has to do with the size of the Arab world? Why not give up California for someone lese or to Mexico? Or better give up NY to become a Jewish State as amny of the US Jews live in NY?

Jamal Husseini of the Arab Higher Committee spoke for many in vowing to soak “the soil of our beloved country with the last drop of our blood.”

Shimon Peres wished that Gaza sinks in the Sea....should this be treated similarly? Who is Jamal Husseini compared to a State President?

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded in 1964—three years before Israel controlled the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO’s declared purpose was to eliminate the State of Israel by means of armed struggle.

Yes, you are right in this....but were not the Palestinians befor 1964 under occupation by which to become known as state of isreal.....should have the Palestinians then just submit to occupation? Why did Mr. Bush declared war on whoever not "With us"

The West Bank and Gaza (controlled by Jordan and Egypt from 1948 to 1967) came under Israeli control during the Six Day War of 1967 that started when Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and Arab armies amassed on Israel’s borders to invade and liquidate the state. It is important to note that during their 19-year rule, neither Jordan nor Egypt had made any effort to establish a Palestinian state on those lands. Just before the Arab nations launched their war of aggression against the State of Israel in 1967, Syrian Defense Minister (later President) Hafez Assad stated, “Our forces are now entirely ready . . . to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland . . . the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.”

To that end, palestinias and arabs were still in war with isreal over the occupied Palestine (1948). no logic behinde why not establishing a Palestinian State over part of palestine and ignoring what has been sliced of and became a State. Not to mention Palestinian refugees in caza and the West bank from Palestine 1948.

On the brink of the 1967 war, Egyptian President Gamal Nassar declared:

“Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel.”

Is'nt this what Mr. Bush said after 9/11. with us or against us?? different vocabulary? same content. why should the Arab leaders and people accept Isreal occupation of Arab lands?

Because of their animus against Jews, many leaders of the Palestinian cause have long supported our enemies. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem allied himself with Adolf Hitler during WWII. Yasir Arafat, chairman of the PLO and president of the PA, has repeatedly targeted and killed Americans. In 1973, Arafat ordered the execution of Cleo Noel, the American ambassador to the Sudan. Arafat was very closely aligned with the Soviet Union and other enemies of the United States throughout the Cold War.

Please correct your terminologies, arab people are against isreal and zionists. .Blind support to isreal have caused the world its stibility and security and peace.

In 1991, during the Gulf War, Arafat aligned himself with Saddam Hussein, whom he praised as “the defender of the Arab nation, of Muslims, and of free men everywhere.”

Is it also fair to say that western Europe is behind the US because they are believe in the same Faith, Christianity? why is it not acceptable for other Faiths to unite?

Israel has, in fact, returned most of the land that it captured during the 1967 war and right after that war offered to return all of it in exchange for peace and normal relations; the offer was rejected. As a result of the 1978 Camp David accords—in which Egypt recognized the right of Israel to exist and normal relations were established between the two countries—Israel returned the Sinai desert, a territory three times the size of Israel and 91 percent of the territory Israel took control of in the 1967 war.

Wrong, you are just re-producing what Isreal wants the world to believe. If saw why road blocks and check poings still making life of palestinians so difficlut on daily bases. Have you forgotten how Mr. Bush travelled so easily and fast in the west bank without having to stop at any check point?

In 2000, as part of negotiations for a comprehensive and durable peace, Israel offered to turn over all but the smallest portion of the remaining territories to Yasir Arafat. But Israel was rebuffed when Arafat walked out of Camp David and launched the intifada.

Wrong again. So one will give you the house to live in but not what is under the house or what is over your head? should that be acceptable to you? Have yu seen the palestinian territoties empty of all isrealies and the palestinians refused to take it? be realistic and state the facts...dont be so naive.

Yasir Arafat has never been less than clear about his goals—at least not in Arabic. On the very day that he signed the Oslo accords in 1993—in which he promised to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel—he addressed the Palestinian people on Jordanian television and declared that he had taken the first step “in the 1974 plan.” This was a thinly-veiled reference to the “phased plan,” according to which any territorial gain was acceptable as a means toward the ultimate goal of Israel’s destruction.

With all the suffering inflectd on the Palestinians what does Isreal really wants...what does the US really wants, what do westren nations want? let us have it square and clear so people can make a stand....not just continue blaming the Palestinians.

The deceased Faisal al-Husseini, a leading Palestinian spokesman, made the same point in 2001 when he declared that the West Bank and Gaza represented only “22 percent of Palestine” and that the Oslo process was a “Trojan horse.” He explained:

“When we are asking all the Palestinian forces and factions to look at the Oslo Agreement and at other agreements as ‘temporary’ procedures, or phased goals, this means that we are ambushing the Israelis and cheating them.”

The goal, he continued, was “the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea,” i.e., the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea—all of Israel.

You still live on distorted history. This wont bring any fair understanding to the real causes of the matter. Isreal have gotten away with a land for the jewish people which many have accepted in different ways, isreal cannot get away with murder of Palestinians and others who support palestinians.

While criticism of Israel is not necessarily the same as “anti-Semitism,” it must be remembered that the Middle East press is, in fact, rife with anti-Semitism. More than fifteen years ago the eminent scholar Bernard Lewis could point out that “The demonization of Jews [in Arabic literature] goes further than it had ever done in Western literature, with the exception of Germany during the period of Nazi rule.” Since then, and through all the years of the “peace process,” things have become much worse. Depictions of Jews in Arab and Muslim media are akin to those of Nazi Germany, and medieval blood libels—including claims that Jews use Christian and Muslim blood in preparing their holiday foods—have become prominent and routine. One example is a sermon broadcast on PA television where Sheik Ahmad Halabaya stated:

“They [the Jews] must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: ‘Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands.’ Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them.”

You are still missing the main point of occupation. Whay did the US supported the mojahideen in Afghanistan against the Sovites? if not for it is own agenda then it was against occupation.

Over three-quarters of Palestinians approve of suicide bombings—an appalling statistic but, in light of the above facts, an unsurprising one.

Have you counted how many palistinians are killed by isreal?

There are 21 Arab countries in the Middle East and only one Jewish state: Israel, which is also the only democracy in the region.

Wrong. what democaracy means? shall we go into the details? Hamas came to power with better democratic process than how isreali democracy is regenarating itself since 1948.

Israel is the only country in the region that permits citizens of all faiths to worship freely and openly. Twenty percent of Israeli citizens are not Jewish.

what do you exactly want to say? very irrelevant. occupation is still occupation.

While Jews are not permitted to live in many Arab countries, Arabs are granted full citizenship and have the right to vote in Israel. Arabs are also free to become members of the Israeli parliament (the Knesset). In fact, several Arabs have been democratically elected to the Knesset and have been serving there for years. Arabs living in Israel have more rights and are freer than most Arabs living in Arab countries.

Twisting facts. Wrong. Palistinian americans are not allowed to live in thier historic homeland. Unless you want also for isreal to be seen as occupying power to 1948 Palestine then those Palestinians should not be granted Isreali citizenship. Please dont mix facts and use the term Arabs when ever suites your misleading argument.

Israel is smaller than the state of New Hampshire and is surrounded by nations hostile to her existence. Some peace proposals—including the recent Saudi proposal—demand withdrawal from the entire West Bank, which would leave Israel 9 miles wide at its most vulnerable point.

I am glad that you are using the term " her existence". You are right this existence is at the expenss of the suffering of other human beings, the palestinians.

The oft-cited UN Resolution 242 (passed in the wake of the 1967 war) does not, in fact, require a complete withdrawal from the West Bank. As legal scholar Eugene Rostow put it, “Resolution 242, which as undersecretary of state for political affairs between 1966 and 1969 I helped produce, calls on the parties to make peace and allows Israel to administer the territories it occupied in 1967 until ‘a just and lasting peace in the Middle East’ is achieved. When such a peace is made, Israel is required to withdraw its armed forces ‘from territories’ it occupied during the Six-Day War—not from ‘the’ territories nor from ‘all’ the territories, but from some of the territories.”

I dare you if isreal leaves tomorrow the territories it occupied in 1967, then the problem is solved.

Israel has, of course, conceded that the Palestinians have legitimate claims to the disputed territories and is willing to engage in negotiations on the matter. As noted above, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered almost all of the territories to Arafat at Camp David in 2000.

Does nit need a brain sergury that Isreal leaves the territories occupied in 1967 war? Challenge the Palestinians, with all Might Isreal has, and leave the palestinian territories afte 1967. That is when there will be a just peace.....not to foget the 1848 refugees ans it is given that East Jearusalem is handed back no more no less.

Despite claims that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank are the obstacle to peace, Jews lived there for centuries before being massacred or driven out by invading Arab armies in 1948-49. And contrary to common misperceptions, Israeli settlements—which constitute less than two percent of the territories—almost never displace Palestinians.

You are misleading the readers. read history. if for centuries then those are not the Polish Jews, the Romanian jews....those were Arab Jews with no connection to the Zionists of Europe.

The area of the West Bank includes some of the most important sites in Jewish history, among them Hebron, Bethlehem, and Jericho. East Jerusalem, often cited as an “Arab city” or “occupied territory,” is the site of Judaism’s holiest monument. While under Arab rule (1948-67), this area was entirely closed to Jews. Since Israel took control, it has been open to people of all faiths.

What else one would clain to concore others lands? Are you talking about the Chinese Jews, the NY Jews? What ever these facts are, does that give you the right to massacare and displace people who they only know where they live?

Finally, let us consider the demand that certain territories in the Muslim world must be off-limits to Jews. This demand is of a piece with Hitler’s proclamation that German land had to be “Judenrein” (empty of Jews). Arabs can live freely throughout Israel, and as full citizens. Why should Jews be forbidden to live or to own land in an area like the West Bank simply because the majority of people is Arab?

Reading history is good and history never failed open minds and fairness seeking minds. What is right is right, misleading facts only make things harded but not solve problems.

Western media should not continue making new facts and distorting history. If Jews are unable to accept that the world have changed and cannot forget some 2000 years of history, is it fair to ask the palestinians to forget thier livinh history?


josh isaac   January 3rd, 2009 12:49 am ET

I am an Israeli and I feel extreamly sad for all the innocent people in palastine and in Israel. Hamas are making it hard for the palistinian people. However Israel has to protect its people its unfortunate that innocent people have to die. For there to be peace in the middle east aswell as the world both sides are going to have to want it and please G-d it will happen. I pray for the israeli people aswell as the palistinian people for safty and happyness


Mike   January 3rd, 2009 12:49 am ET

Hey , may I ask you to take a look at Windsor Ontario Canada, we have a Mayor , born in lebanon, that has ALLOWED , a Hamas Billboard to be placed us , demanding us to respect , the dead of the Hamas , only lasted a weekend , but our MAYOR allowed it ...seek Windsor star, and for sure WDIV , they will forsure fish out the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!


Omar Rana   January 3rd, 2009 12:51 am ET

Larry, there is no imminent solution to this problem unless USA takes a srand and make clear to both parties that voilance is not the solution. Please stop Isreal to kill innocent people and just focus on the terrorists. This will effect Muslims all over the world and can create a situation.


Jason   January 3rd, 2009 12:51 am ET

I love hearing how many poor palistinian children have been slaughtered by the barbaric Israelies. Just one question – would they be dead if the Hamas cowards were not using them as shields? This is what happens when the cowards of the world fire of missiles from residential neighborhoods. People die – it's how it is. Odds are most of those kids that got killed were probably the children of the Hamas militants anyways. Thats what happens when daddy is a terrorist and he brings his work home with him.


Mario Salas   January 3rd, 2009 12:52 am ET

The US must stop supporting Israel unconditionally. Israel has occupied Palestinianj lands and must withdraw, stop building settlements, and strive for real peace. We cannot continue to give Israel all of the foreign aid that we give unless it commits to peace and withdrawl from occupied terrirtory. Until we do this the war will continue as Israel will never be able to achieve a military victory. the foreign policy of Israel is a failed foreign policy and so is ours every time we let Israel get away with their own form of state terror.


DeepThinker   January 3rd, 2009 12:52 am ET

HAS YOU DONE READING ASK YOURSELF & TO THE REST OF THE WORLD….WHY CAN’T WE WORK TOGETHER….THE NEWZ NEED TO SHOW MUCH MORE ABOUT US GETTING TOGETHER HAZ OBAMA PRAISE SO MUCH….WEEEEEE AAAAARRRRREEEEE IIIIIINNNNN 2009 WHY CAN’T THE WORLD SEE THAT IT IZ TIME TO SHOW & SHARE MORE LOVE…WE”VE BEEN BLINDED BY SO SO SO MUCH THINGZ BY THE CAUSE OF THE EVOLUTION,THE TECHNOLOGIES,THE RELIGIONZ OUR CULTURE &THE TRANSFORMATION…WE GOT ONE LIFE & I BELIEVE WE GOT AN BETTER ONE AFTER DEATH…I CAN’T GO ON THE DETAILS OF LIFE AFTER DEATH CAUSE IT’S PRETTY COMPLEX FOR ME TO EXPLAIN….PLEASE AMERICA….FOLLOW THE DREAM OF OBAMA….HE’S BEEN ELECT-PRESIDENT AT THIS TIME BECAUSE ITS AN PROPHECY…..WE NEEDED & HE NEEDED TO BE PRESIDENT FOR US TO HAVE AN SECONDE CHANCE….AFTER ALL THIS YEARZ..RACISM WAS A KEY PROBLEM IN THE PAST…& TODAY WE FIND A WAY TO BECOME MORE UNITED & MIXED OUR COLORS….BUT THIER IZ STEEL UNDERGROUND PROBLEM & HE’Z THERE TO SOLVE DEM & GET OUR ALL TOGETHER & ACCEPT OUR DIFFERENCE, STOP THE VIOLENCE & BRING KINDNESS TO EACH OTHER,,WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEANZ….WE STOPPED OUSELF TO GET TOGETHER BECAUSE NO BODY WANTED TO STAND FOR US AND HERE IZ OUR CHANCE…THIS IS WHAT US HAS BLACK PEOPLE WANTED FOR CENTURIES HAS SPIRITUAL PEOPLE THAT WE ARE..EVEN AFTER WE BECAME SLAVES…OBAMA IS BLACK & WHITE ISN’T IT WHAT WE SHOULD LOOK UP HAS EXAMPLE TO CHANGE …YES WE CAN!!!! I BELIEVE:)….LET MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!


Rich   January 3rd, 2009 12:52 am ET

Larry-how can you even equate a 2,000 pound JDAM lauched from a F16 which has a blast range of 500m against a rocket that has a max of 30 lbs.

How many are killed in Gaza vs physically in Israel?


Ali Elachkar   January 3rd, 2009 12:54 am ET

There is no right or wrong in the latest round of fighting. Israel is not right to go bombing the gaza strip and Hamas is not right to go and send rockets into southern Israel. It is unfortunate that civilians always bear the brunt of conflicts in the middle east; enforce a cease-fire to stop the massive civilian death toll.

Peace in The Middle East!!

Ali from Los Angeles


rami   January 3rd, 2009 12:54 am ET

every one need to know the truth about what happining now ..if some body kicked out of your home (1948) what you gonna do?????


josh isaac   January 3rd, 2009 12:56 am ET

This violence is not about hamas on Israel it is about hamas on jewdism


Juan antonio   January 3rd, 2009 12:57 am ET

Hamas is fighting an accupation. If we were controlled by another country. We would fight back. That's what hams is doing.
Obama needs to speak about the need for peace by both sides.


josh isaac   January 3rd, 2009 12:58 am ET

What would any other country in the world do if hamas was doing this to them???????


Bolade   January 3rd, 2009 12:58 am ET

Sometimes I wonder if the world would ever be peaceful, I guess judging from the look of the isreali/palestine chaos that is a long shot. It so disheartening that innocent civilians have to be caught in the middle of this despicable situation. Peace will never be achieved by taking sides or by renouncing some as terrorists. The Isreal/Palestine conflict has been going on forever, which makes it hard to understand the present situation, perhaps a journey down memory lane will help put things in perspective when people give their parochial views of the whole situation.
Conflict seems to trump dialogue in the world of today and it makes it one wonder if peace could ever exist. By the way, does anyone ever wonder why there's always more palestinian victims than Isrealis whenever these seemingly incessant turmoil start.


Matt Warren   January 3rd, 2009 12:59 am ET

Obama said that if rockets were being fired at his home while his two daughters were sleeping, he would do everything he could to prevent it, but would he not also try to prevent somebody from starving them to death?

Every nation has a right to defend itself, this includes Palestine defending itself from Israel.


Lynda   January 3rd, 2009 12:59 am ET

Less we forget how America was taken from the Native Indians and then the Mexicans who once called this their home. Maybe we should return what we wrongfully took from them and move out. Isn't that what you're all asking Israel to do? This would be like Mexico lobbing a few rockets at us--you don't think we'd be bombing them in retaliation?


Anonymous   January 3rd, 2009 12:59 am ET

I Quote " John Lennon.....GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Sincerely ANONYMOUS


Omar   January 3rd, 2009 1:00 am ET

Its amazing how Israel lost 4 people to attacks by Gaza but Gaza losing over 400 people isnt so important. Its like little brother pinching big brother in the arm and big brother fighting back by breaking his fingers. Shame on Obama for supporting Israel.


josh isaac   January 3rd, 2009 1:00 am ET

This is for Mario Salas, the united states does not support a terroist organisation it will support the innocent people meaning israelis and innocent palastinian NOT HAMMAS


Leon Stennett   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

Larry,

I'm often a little irritated when news & talk show hosts are very quick
to cut speakers off (assumedly to keep the show moving on course).

The exception seems to be when someone like the Palestinian
lady who was allowed to ramble on and on about how Israel started
these problems by breaking ceasefire etc etc.

Is there a new form of political correctness which dictates that the
more dishonest or misinformed the speaker, the more uninterrupted
time they should be allowed?


carla   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I'm Catholic..why is Isreal doing this..why starve the Palistine people..they have no rights to their LAND. I would not like for people telling me I can't get out of NJ, I can't get water, food, elecricity.ect. that is what is happening in GAZA... Isreal just wants the land, and wants to get rid of the Palistine people.....shame on you Isreal..and shame on us..for not telling the whole story...Isreal just wants power, and pity from all ...But as I see it Isreal is playing the whole world...GIVE PEACE A change. don't be greedy, catholic, jews, muslim have always lived together...what happened...zionist get out.
peace on earth


Giovan   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I am so sad and dissappointed to hear comments such as "Israel has a right to defend itself" Really? By killing more than 420 civilians including women and children? No, absolutely no, these are only one sided thoughts. Rockets of Hamas are inacceptable but blaming Hamas and killing civilians is too much cruelty which will go no where. Does one person actually think that Israel's attacks solve problems apart from killing innocent children and women?


Marvin Jaffee   January 3rd, 2009 1:01 am ET

Why doesn't the media talk about the Gaza siege? It has been going on for over a year!!


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