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Netanyahu plans fence around Israel to protect it from 'wild beasts'

Netanyahu plans fence around Israel to protect it from 'wild beasts' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Israeli PM says proposed barrier would also solve problem of Hamas tunnels from Gaza, but plan already has critics in his own cabinet
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If you consider your neighbors to be wild beasts and predators, you clearly have no interest in peace. This man is an insult not only to the state of Israel but to humanity. 

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Gaza economy 'on verge of collapse', with world's highest unemployment

Gaza economy 'on verge of collapse', with world's highest unemployment | Upsetment | Scoop.it
World Bank report says Israeli blockades, war and poor governance have left 43% of people out of work and the strip facing dangerous financial crisis
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Take Israel and Hamas, add International indifference and the despair of the people of Gaza, now throw in religion and a belief that suffering will be rewarded: what you have is a recipe for suicide. We are watching a small nation, Gaza, commit what amounts to just that, communal suicide. The question is whether that suicide will come from starvation or gunfire. Even if an NGO or even a government tries to intervene and halt the slide into poverty, between Hamas and Israel they will fail. If there is one thing to learn from this horror it is that God is not going to intervene, is not going to rescue these poor people from themselves and the forces surrounding their lives. Sorry, guys, but no parting of the sea, no fiery pillar, no plagues and burning bushes.

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Hamas Admits Kidnapping Israeli Teens

Hamas Admits Kidnapping Israeli Teens | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Hamas has no qualms whatsoever about targeting innocent civilians," says Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev
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In effect this Hamas leader has said that his organization is not only responsible for the deaths of these three teens but for te deaths of all the other innocents since, especially those in Gaza. He has justified the Israeli's claims that schools and hospitals may well be cover for militants and weapons. He has justified targeting civilians much as the bombings of Belgium in World War I and the Battle of Britain during WWII justified firebombing by the Allies. In effect, he has given comfort to his people's enemies.

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Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war

Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Asma Alsharif and Dan Williams CAIRO/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires. Israel said it had also not yet accepted any proposals made in the Egyptian-mediated talks but, like the Palestinians, its envoys would continue attending them on Sunday. Hamas, Gaza's dominant Islamist group, wants an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the coastal enclave lifted, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport, as part of any enduring cessation of hostilities with the Jewish state. "Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," Osama Hamdan, the head of Hamas's foreign affairs, said on Facebook.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Israel cannot give up security and the Palestinian people cannot give up their freedom and economic self-determination. Both will have to recognize the legitimacy of the other is any peace is to come. A two state solution requires recognition that there are in fact two states, both worthy of respect and of safe borders.

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Gaza's unemployed graduates: between Google and falafel - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Gaza's unemployed graduates: between Google and falafel - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With the unemployment rate steadily on the rise in the Gaza Strip, many college graduates are taking and creating jobs outside their specialty.
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If the U.S. and Europe (to say nothing of Israel) want peace and a two state solution, the place to start is encouraging the economic development of Palestine. Unemployed, educated young people are the breeding ground of violence, but give them jobs and stability will come. Why not some high tech businesses? Why not a company to make medicines? Why not a plant to make electronics? We should be encouraging investment in this region.

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Donors Growing Weary of Reconstructing Gaza

Donors Growing Weary of Reconstructing Gaza | Upsetment | Scoop.it
More than 18 month since the last Israel-Hamas war, Gaza reconstruction has progressed slowly and donor fatigue has set in
Kenneth Weene's insight:

I can only imagine the suffering and the hopelessness of the people of Gaza. Also, I can understand why they will inevitably turn to rage and violence if they cannot have lives of worth and dignity. It is past time for the world to impose a fair peace between Israel and Palestine, a peace that includes two states and both of those states being viable and secure. 

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Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered | Upsetment | Scoop.it
GAZA (Reuters) - Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been
Kenneth Weene's insight:

A sad reality is that the political groups within the Palestinian population are so busy fighting one another that they can and will not do what is necessary for the people. And the other Arab countries are sadly sitting back and waiting.

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Israeli Strike in Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders

Israeli Strike in Gaza Strip Kills 3 Top Hamas Commanders | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The strike early Thursday was the most significant blow to the armed wing of Hamas’s leadership since Israel’s Gaza operation began six weeks ago.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Of one thing I am fairly sure: the people of Gaza will not be quelled by killing the Hamas leaders. New leaders will come along, probably even more militant. And more people willing to die for their cause will grow from the sorrow and the rage generated by such killings. This continuing cycle of violence in Gaza is truly madness. Isn't it time for the world community to come together and demand that it stop? Isn't it time for the world community to demand that the superpower most influential in Israel, namely the United States, take some responsibility just as it is time for Russia to take responsibility in Syria?

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Why a Gaza cease-fire could reinforce long-term conflict | Al Jazeera America

Why a Gaza cease-fire could reinforce long-term conflict | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Analysis: Everyone wants the fighting to stop but not necessarily to reintegrate Gaza into a wider peace process
Kenneth Weene's insight:

A thoughtful analysis. In the end for all the words we may offer, the suffering of the Palestinian people is as great a humanitarian crisis as has occurred in modern times. Israel is working its way into pariah status, and those who shoot rockets and kill dumb teenagers will ultimately have their own crazy victory, a reign of evil. 

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