Dozens killed, including armed terrorists, in Gaza border violence


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They also call this cutting off your nose to spite your face: Dozens have been killed today in riots along the Gaza-Israreli border as thousands of Gazan protesters attempted to invade Israel.

More than 35,000 protesters amassed at a dozen locations along the security fence, with many engaging in skirmishes that pushed the death toll Monday to the highest in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border standoff between the militant group Hamas and the Jewish state, according to the Associated Press.

Gaza health officials told the news agency that 41 people so far have been killed in Monday’s violence, and at least 772 have been wounded.

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, a key campaign promise of President Trump, has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.

“Moments ago, an IDF patrol foiled a bomb-laying attack by a cell of three armed terrorists near Rafah, close to the border,” the Israeli military said Monday. “This is a particularly violent protest point. The troops responded with fire at the terrorists. The terrorists were killed.”

You want to live in peace? You show others that you mean it. You want others to see you as violent and a killer? You do things that prove it.

These demonstrations prove the latter. In the seventy years since Israel’s founding, that nation has shown, time after time, that it is more than willing to work with the Arabs, the Palestinians, the international community, anyone, in order to establish peaceful relations with its neighbors. Israel even unilaterally walked out of Gaza in order to show the world and the Palestinians that they are willing to allow an independent Palestinian state to exist side-by-side with Israel.

The Gazans here once again prove that they are unready to do so. They only hate, and want to kill, emotions that are hardly a good foundation for a reliable peace treaty.

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  • Laurie

    Among other things, what is needed is protection for those Gazans who don’t want violence. Alas, it may be the case the only means of safeguarding those who wish to iive peacefully is to offer them some means of escape – but mercy (in general) is often exploited, becoming a conduit for the poison to spread.

    No, overcoming this chaos requires a wholly different approach: there must be deescalation, universal enforcement of the law, opportunity (hope), and an outlet for (legitimate) grievances. To this end, the various factions need to be stripped of any motive to continue their calamitous designs. That’s a mouthful, of course.

    There must be a genuine interest on the part of the UN and the relevant nations to achieve these things equitably – of which I see little to no evidence. Otherwise, the situation will most certainly explode.

    Am I optimistic? If only …

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