Top 5 reasons why Israel is attacking Gaza

By Alex,

Number 5: Hamas was launching rockets into southern Israel.

Although very few of these missiles hit a target and very few Israelis died as a result of those attacks, the rockets are a source of psychological stress as Israelis living in the affected areas had to live in constant fear.

Number 4: The attacks were a part of Israel’s strategy to ensure the utter failure of Hamas in governing the Palestinian people who elected Hamas in 2006 to lead them.

From day 1, Israel made life very difficult for anyone living in Gaza under Hamas’ leadership. Israel is not alone in this project. Many westerners also believe that Arabs who elect a hardline Islamist party at some point in the future should never forget the painful failed experiment of electing Hamas.

225 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured on day1 of Israel's attack

Number 3: To help America’s weak Arab allies

The “Moderate Arab” leaders and rulers needed to reduce the collective weight of their adversaries in the Syria/Iran/Hizbollah/Hamas coalition. Egypt lost its patience with Hamas recently after the popular Palestinian group did not sign an Egyptian mediated agreement for settling Fatah/Hamas differences. Hamas’ leadership made it clear to the Egyptians that within the complicated regional power competition, Hamas is firmly committed to Syria. Egypt got the message: if you want to play a role in Palestinian affairs, it is still possible, but you need to coordinate with Syria. Alhayat reported this week that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told visiting French prime minister that “Syria and Iran control Hamas .. Syria blocked Egypt’s efforts to reach an agreement between Fatah and Hamas”

In 2006, it was widely believed that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia wanted to see Israel succeed in destroying Hizbollah. Today, many Arabs interviewed on Aljazeera were already accusing Egypt of giving Israel an Arab green light to finish off Hamas.

A week ago, seven thousand Israeli policemen had to do a “training exercise” that was described by Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police, as “a huge police training exercise to prepare for riot control and to deal with different scenarios“.

Number 2: To cool down Arab and international pressure on Israel. Pressure to live up to the high expectations at this advanced stage of the Peace process with Syria and with the Palestinians.

Since Israel made the decision to give Sinai back to Egypt, 4 years after the relatively challenging 1973 war, Israel always found a way to get out of peace negotiations that were nearing success. Prime ministers get kicked out of office for corruption, others are killed by extremists, and the uncertainties of Israeli politics takes care of the rest.

After this week’s blood bath in Gaza is over, the Syrians will find it difficult to negotiate with Israel and the Arabs would find it difficult to continue to promote their “Arab peace initiative”.

Israel is not ready for the price of peace.

Number 1: Some Israeli and Bush administration hardliners want a last chance to draw Hizbollah into another confrontation with Israel before President Bush is out of office.

Israel is too proud to be able to live with the fact that Hizbollah defeated its army during its invasion of Lebanon in 2006. Assassinating Hizbollah’s Imad Mughnyieh was supposed to lead to a Hizbollah retaliation against some Israeli diplomats outside the Middle East after which Israel would have a reason to go after Hizbollah again. Hizbollah promised to retaliate, but did not make that mistake.

Israel is trying again to make it difficult for Hizbollah to not get involved.

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51. majid said:

[edited by moderator]

Do you want to see Muslim Brothers ruling Syria?

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December 29th, 2008, 9:08 pm


52. Alex said:

Dear Majid,

If you have no good answer then stay quiet. I edited the stupid part of your comment above because I will not waste my time answering stupidities.

Read this if you really find what I said to be a joke

As for the proper question you have, about similarities of Hamas (that you THINK I support) and the Syria Muslim Brotherhood (that I made clear I do not support) … I am for trying everything to undo extremism, including Hamas extremist. Israel did not even get close to doing the right thing to start the process of undoing the popularity of Hamas… Israel is actually doing all the wrong things.

Israel created Hamas … The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood was created long time before the Syrian regime was there.

What happened in Hama was terrible … I don’t like to see it repeated today in Gaza… there is no existential threat to Israel to warrant the murders.

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December 29th, 2008, 9:26 pm


53. norman said:

Some people think that the more killing Israel does the more the Palestinians submit to Israel , It is actually the other way , the more palestinians die the more they feel that they are all together and the pain will be decreased.It is the Earthquake feeling.

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December 29th, 2008, 9:36 pm


54. Joe M. said:

It will take me several responses to answer all the points you made. Let me start with the most obvious one.

Just to make a clear point, 70% of American people do not want George Bush as their president. 48% of French voted against Sarkozy. 45% of Italians voted against Berlusconi. 45% of Americans said they were “scared” of what would happen to the USa if Obama becomes president… If you ask these people the same questions about these leaders, their answer would be that they do not want the Bush, Obama, Sarkozy or Berlusconi in power in their countries. These leaders still have legitimacy because they seem to represent the majority.

Based on the way you have referred to the Akhwan, it seems you know that the Islamists are the most popular force in the Arab world. I don’t agree with all of their positions, but I agree with some. But more, even though I dislike a lot about the Islamists in general, i do believe they deserve their turn at power. The other forces have failed, and this is self-evident. On that basis alone, I think it is only fair to give them a chance at governing, even if i do not like their views.

Even more, if they have a chance at governing, they can prove whether they are successful or not. I think the differences in terms of freedoms lost with them or the Puppet governments will be minimal if any. In Iran, it is true the Islamic government is not popular, but you can not deny that it began popular. And, had the islamists never had a chance to rule, the islamists would have always been popular.

As Norman said about Israel and Hamas, the more you attack an opposition force, the more powerful it becomes. This is true whether domestically or internationally. The only way to challenge them is to give them legitimacy. In the case of the Islamists, they already have electoral legitimacy. And if they fail in governing, they will lose that. We currently have dictators in every country, the prospect of replacing one bunch of dictators with another is not a big concern to me. Yet unlike the current crop of puppets, at least there are some ways the Islamists can actually help improve society (unify Arab governments, present a mutual anti-American/Zionist agenda, generally work against corruption…) I highly doubt that they will do much different economically, though they would put more emphasis on helping the poor.

Anywya, that is my first point. more later.

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December 29th, 2008, 10:13 pm


55. majid said:

I didn’t know that you lack sense of humor. Any way, if it was stupid comment then I’d rather that you do not edit it and let me defend my stupidity. But now, I feel I am being biased against because of your ability to edit my comments while I cannot edit yours. I am sure the comment even though you may think is stupid, was not inappropriate.

Nevertheless, I did read that Ahram article. It doesn’t prove a thing. That was more than two years ago and sentiments have changed dramatically since then. I could go back and dig similar articles from the 1993 era when Saddam sent his missiles to Tel Aviv. The Arabs were even more euphoric at that time. But what was the end result? We all know. Such emotional outbursts of so-called Arab Street are well known to be of very short temporary time span. By the same token, I can assure you that this latest interruption in Syrian/Israeli talks is temporary and will resume shortly after things settle down in Gaza.

Back to jokes and hopefully you’ll have some sense of humor this time because this one will explain to you exactly where the Arab street is. This one happened during the time of Hafez in Syria. Hafez had one of his public appearances where he continually folds his both hands together and then opens them up in a sort of theatrical dramatization. A Syrian man and his kid were in the crowd. The kid realized that the person they’re watching is a familiar figure that appears every now and then on TV. The kid suddenly yelled to his dad questioning: dad, isn’t that guy the same…. (Very derogatory word that I took out only for your own sake Alex) that we see on TV? Immediately the dad held the kid in his arms and started yelling: Does any one know whose kid this is?

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December 29th, 2008, 10:19 pm


56. Alex said:


I really did not find your “Alex this is a joke, like your other joke about Syria’s way” to be … a joke. You are being silly or rude again because you don’t have a proper argument.

From my experience, I don’t think it is a good idea to “joke” with people you are trying to discredit, and this applies to all of us here.

You are here on a mission to criticize the Syrian regime 100% of the time, there is nothing casual, funny or constructive about your approach. It is simply .. predictable.

But you are free to continue pushing your propaganda, some of which is very reasonable and legitimate, like the few questions you asked and I decided to answer. There is indeed room for criticizing Syria.

Is it fair that I decide to edit out things like the part I removed from your comment?

If I don’t then this comments section will turn into:

Majd: “hahaha how silly”

Offended “look who is talking”

Majid “oh yeah? well your father is stupid”

We’ve been there before many times.

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December 29th, 2008, 10:50 pm


57. majid said:

I didn’t make it a secret that I have no sympathy to the Syrian regime. I also understand your attachment, rightly or wrongly, to this regime. That’s your choice. If you have a problem with me criticizing this regime – which I do not intend to stop – then let me know and I would gladly refrain from visiting this blog. Actually I will even raise the tone of my criticism if need be from now on. But you can be sure that you will never be able to claim that I go out of context or seek to destroy the merit of the debate. I have one condition that I hope you and others would respect: No editing or deleting of comments. As far as engaging in back and forth insults, you should know that I ignored many comments which attacked me on many occasions, and these attacks deserved to be edited more than this comment which you call “silly”.
I do understand some people are biased by nature or by inclination. So, I even forgive you for failing to properly enforce your self-imposed rules of the debate. And I also understand it is a tedious task to undertake.

Did someone mention thought police here sometime ago? You know it is very irritating and actually debases what you are trying to accomplish on this blog.

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December 30th, 2008, 12:31 am


58. Alex said:

It is simple, stick to the riles and regulation of Syria Comment

especially points 1 and 3

Criticize the regime as much as you want as long as you are making sense.

I expect the same from everyone. For example, last comment i edited was by Joe M … he was unfairly attacking AIG (who is surely not my favorite character).

If I miss a comment by someone attacking you or you want to complain about my moderation, do it by sending me an email. I will erase anything posted here.

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December 30th, 2008, 1:24 am


59. Jenn said:


you saved my public speaking grade.

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January 15th, 2009, 1:28 am


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