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Was Israel's 2008/2009 military bombing and invasion of Gaza justified?

  • The Truth ok

    Leave Palestinians and Israeli's alone. If we can all come together and realize that we are all one war wouldn't wage. All of us are ONE. We all originate from Adam, (the first man God created) Adam was an Arab and Muslim. There would only be 1 religion in the world (Islam) if it weren't for Abraham's wife; Sarah who had 2 sons named Israel and Ishmael. God said that Ishmael could have a piece of land. (Palestine) But Sarah thought that it wouldn't be fair to Israel so they split the land into 2. Today it's Gaza and Israel but together they make=PALESTINE. Don't defend something you don't know roots back to our own origins. Since there are about 1000 different religions nowadays people have strayed from God's path. THERE IS ONLY 1 GOD. His name is Allah. Pray that he will guide you all to the straight path insh'Allah. (godwilling) Because God guides whom he wills.

  • Israel must be allowed to defend itself.

    All countries eventually do something similar to what Israel did, even the U.S. Why is Israel any different? They should have the right to defend themselves, if they need to. They have been pushed around enough.

    Posted by: OvalKurtis26
  • The PA has shown no interest in peace with Israel, or any intent in stopping terrorism in the Palestinian territories.

    Throughout the years, Israel has been attacked by its Arab neighbors, as if its mere existence was a crime. As late as 2000, then Prime Minister Ehud Barak, offered huge concessions to Yasser Arafat, which included major parts of Jerusalem. He responded with a violent Intifada that claimed many innocent Israeli lives. Anti-Semitic propaganda is commonplace on Palestinian media, and civilians have constantly assaulted IDF soldiers. The PA takes billions of dollars a year in foreign aid. Israel, which has a thriving private sector, also receives a similar amount, and has used it to build a corrupt and crony-laden government, ignoring the needs of its people and blaming Israel and the West all the while. Other Arab states have done the same. It is not in their best interest for their people to see Jews and Arabs coexisting in peace, as it could threaten their hold on power.

    Posted by: ErvinAnime
  • Israel's 2008/2009 military bombing and invasion of Gaza was justified.

    Israel's 2008/2009 military bombing and invasion of Gaza was justified because it was done in self defense. Hamas and other radical groups are intent on wiping Israel off the face of the Earth. Israel has a right to self defense. The argument that Israel is Palestinian land because Palestinians occupied it for 2,000 years is worthless. The Palestinians had an opportunity to object in 1947. They didn't table any serious objections. In 1967 the Arab-Israeli war was an attempt to wipe out Israel. The Israelis have a right to self defense. Any land gained during an attack on Israel should become Israeli land.

    Posted by: JamieM
  • Yes, Israel's bombing of the Gaza strip was justified, because every country has the right to protect its citizens.

    Any country has the right to protect its citizens with any means possible. Israel is at fault for occupying some of the Palestinian territories. But, if the people think that by firing rockets into Israeli cities they will get back their land, then they are making a mistake. It is through negotiations that this conflict will ever be solved, not by firing rockets on the innocent people in Israel, and suicide bombings.

    Posted by: JaggedGiuseppe
  • Yes, because despite the bombings, Israel still shows more restraint than Gaza.

    Israel provides electricity, running water, medical care, and job opportunities to residents of Gaza. It also provides food, medical supplies, and other essentials to that area as aid. This is while the Palestinian leadership has sworn to destroy those who are literally feeding it. Gaza rained down rockets on Jews, all while blaming them for building new homes in the Jewish homeland of 6000 years. Suicide bombers blew themselves up in pizza parlors and at checkpoints, while Gaza residents handed out candy in celebration. Gaza has a leadership and a citizenry that advocates the mass murder of the side that provides it with all manner of support. It is like an invader raiding the fridge, stealing the cash, and then demanding that the homeowner submit more willingly to beatings, because they dare to use the home the invader wishes to raid freely. Israel is not only justified in defending itself, it should act more strongly against those who demand free handouts, while simultaneously calling for its destruction. What would happen to the parasite if it killed the host? Israel can survive without Gaza, but Gaza cannot survive without Israel, though it bombs and blows up things there regularly.

    Posted by: Pir4And
  • Israel's Obligation to Defend Against Terrorism

    Every country has a fundamental right to protect its citizens from physical aggression. Confronted with an attack on its territory, designed to indiscriminately kill or maim its citizens, no country can morally be expected to withhold its duty and responsibility to defend against such an assault.
    Once again, Israel finds itself having to protect her citizens against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure. Beginning with Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza and continuing with Hamas' violent assumption of power over the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas has focused on stockpiling as many weapons as it can muster in order to continue its rampant violence against Israel.
    While the world was hopeful that the six-month "period of calm" brokered this past June might lead to a more permanent state of nonviolence in the region, Hamas was all too eager to resume its attacks against Israel once the period ended. In fact, Hamas even began shelling Israeli cities before the end of the ceasefire, proving to the world that it has no desire to moderate its policies towards Israel. The result has been nothing less than the complete disruption of a peaceful, everyday life for Israelis in cities such as Sderot and Ashkelon.
    No country can be expected to remain passive while its citizens are under heavy and steady attacks. No country is obligated to remain idle when its sworn enemy has pledged to immediately resume terrorist suicide bombings within its borders. And finally, no country can afford to resist defending itself when a neighboring militant organization spends years building up a military infrastructure with the sole intention of attacking that country.
    Israel's response to Hamas' aggression is aimed at eliminating these very real and palpable threats to its safety and security. The targets chosen by Israel's military have been Hamas operational centers. Tragically, Palestinian civilians have lost their lives because Hamas has deliberately embedded their facilities within and among the local populace. By focusing on terrorist operational centers, such as Hamas training camps, rocket manufacturing facilities, and tunnels used for smuggling weapons, Israel is doing all it can to avoid civilian casualties.
    Hamas represents the worst that Islamic extremism has to offer the world. Gaza is now an armed military camp whose "mission statement" is to see to the destruction of Israel. Hamas has shown no mercy in carrying out that mission, even if it means creating a humanitarian crisis for its own people, deliberately putting its citizens in harm's way, or isolating the Gazan population from the rest of the world.
    Thankfully, the United States, Israel's greatest ally, as well as many other countries within the international community, have condemned the relentless attacks against Israel and Hamas' recent proliferation of violence. Such condemnation must remain steadfast and consistent. The world must continue to pressure Hamas to respect the rule of law that is so vital in keeping the civilized world safe from such terrorist regimes.
    In the meantime, as long as rockets continue to shell Israeli land, we must support Israel's legitimate right to defend itself.

  • No, because self-defense need not entail such large-scale loss of civilian life.

    Israel was getting hit by Hamas rockets. Its choice to take action in defense of its own people was legitimate. Bombing, however, was a terrible way to attempt to do this. Hundreds of civilians were killed. Israel commendably employed a number of approaches, including precision bombs and provision of advance warning to residents of civilian buildings targeted, to attempt to minimize loss of innocent life. These methods met with considerable success. Nevertheless, the fact that so many civilians died suggests the enterprise was morally unjustified at its core.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • Israel needs to do what is necessary to protect itself from the militants in Gaza.

    Previous to Israel's invasion of Gaza in 2008, the militants in Gaza were warned to stop shooting missiles into civilian areas of Israel. The Hamas government in Gaza provoked the invasion by Israel and I believe Hamas wanted the invasion to try and turn world opinion against Israel. The only thing Israel did wrong in the 2008/2009 invasion is they didn't finish the job.

    Posted by: F Clayton
  • Every nation has the right to defend itself. If a nation faces an threat from across its borders, it must act.

    When nations don't act to defend their borders and their citizens, the world soon collapses into anarchy. Rogue nations and organizations will raid and kill and threaten their neighbors until they are effectively stopped.

    Posted by: MortForever
  • The Truth ok

    Leave Palestinians and Israeli's alone. If we can all come together and realize that we are all one war wouldn't wage. All of us are ONE. We all originate from Adam, (the first man God created) Adam was an Arab and Muslim. There would only be 1 religion in the world (Islam) if it weren't for Abraham's wife; Sarah who had 2 sons named Israel and Ishmael. God said that Ishmael could have a piece of land. (Palestine) But Sarah thought that it wouldn't be fair to Israel so they split the land into 2. Today it's Gaza and Israel but together they make=PALESTINE. Don't defend something you don't know roots back to our own origins. Since there are about 1000 different religions nowadays people have strayed from God's path. THERE IS ONLY 1 GOD. His name is Allah. Pray that he will guide you all to the straight path insh'Allah. (godwilling) Because God guides whom he wills.

  • Israel's 2008/2009 bombing of Gaza was not justified, because it was illegal.

    I believe the entire Middle East is a great mess, with both sides in the wrong. Therefore, Israel's bombing and military invasion in 2008/2009 should be considered unjustified. Israel's very existence is on shaky moral ground, in my opinion, as are the claims of Palestinians, as well. Neither side's claims of justification should be taken seriously.

    Posted by: BrownDustin82
  • Gaza is the largest open air concentration camp in history.

    Bombing defenseless civilians that have been herded together with white phosphorus and other modern American made (and paid for) weaponry is unconscionable. Israel is engaging in ethnic cleansing, pure and simple.

  • No, I disagree because it was unacceptably violent and a too strong response.

    In my opinion, violent actions will only be met with violent actions until everything becomes a vicious circle and would be difficult to stop. Israel has so much more military and fire power than the Palestinian people. Clearly, Israel was seen as a power who had no trouble attacking someone weaker. I understand the need for self-defense, but the measures taken need to be appropriate.

    Posted by: P5ych0Ogdan
  • I don't believe that Israel's 2008/2009 military bombing and invasion of Gaza was justified.

    Maybe I try to envision the world as a lot better than it is. However, I don't think bombing is ever justified. There are other ways to work through problems. So no, I do not believe that Israel did the right thing in that matter.

    Posted by: LorenaH
  • It was not justified, I mean they are people, not things. They have the right to live.

    I strongly disagree with this because I mean look at us, we are animals, we should bomb someone just like that. A war needs a reason, it looks like this time it was oil, but what we have become I'm impressed, I think the worlds disease such as global warming has done by us, I think the only people killing our planet is us.

    Posted by: R0535Burna
  • I think the actions that the Israeli government have taken since the invasion of Gaza proves military strategy was not justified.

    I do not believe that unless a country is defending its people from direct harm, or an oppressed group are rebelling that military force is ever justified, and the Israeli situation is no different. Even with claims of being attacked by Hamas, and mantra's about defending the people of Gaza against this group, the Israeli/Egyptian block, the kidnapping and imprisonment of humanitarian efforts, and the removal of Gazan's to reservation style prison areas shows that Israeli is simply interested in expanding, not defense or protection.

    Posted by: XglossyWynd
  • Israel used too much force to combat lone rocket launchers.

    Israel responded with a major war effort against lone rocket launchers and killed a good amount of innocent people by using too much deadly force, in civilian areas. No country can control every single one of their citizens, including Israel itself. This is the same as my neighbor shooting a gun into the next county than having that county respond by killing everyone in my neighborhood.

    Posted by: Nik0Interior

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