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Is Israel justified in attacking Gaza?

After absorbing more than 100 rocket attacks, Israel's military assassinated Hamas' military chief on Wednesday, and launched airstrikes against Hamas military targets. Hamas sympathizers point out that Israel has economically isolated the territory, leading to widespread misery. Which side is right?

Ariella Sevitz Pinsky More than 1 year ago
I suggest you find more balanced and fair reports of the situation. Israel takes every effort to spare civilian lives and targets only terrorists and there hideouts, which are, delibaratly located in schools, hospitals and public service buildings. For twelve years Hamas has been shooting rockets at the residents of the south of Israel, land that is WITHIN the 1948 boundaries. Israel has an obligation to protect the rights of her citizens and this operation is her exercising that, with utmost care to spare the lives of innocent bystanders.
Mark More than 1 year ago
it becomes difficult when israilies citizens of origin are treated poorly, in a two tier society.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Citizens of palistian origin
Luis More than 1 year ago
I don't think you can pick a side since the Isreali governement has been given billions in aide by the US and thus has become the most powerful and oppressive government towards the Palestinians. How the hell do you think the Palestinians are going to form a better government when their land has been taken and their citizens harassed. We continue to see this story in history, people pick the good guys and bad guys and then we end up with innocent people dead and so called terrorist desperate for sovereignty and often times revenge. Shouldn't the U.S. withdraw its aide to Israel and remain neutral in the region. Then Israel would act more responsibly and respect the land and rights of Palestinians that it has already promised them in its own laws.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yes Israel has the right to self-defense and no they do not have the right to continue an apartide....
Jan Lillard More than 1 year ago
It was on Palestinian LAND.... The NO GO ZONE is an Israeli scheme that takes up 50% of the farming land of Palestine....Then they , israeli's, block fishing at 2 1/2 miles IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS! OUTRAGEOUS. Israel and Palestine have the right to protect their citizens but not to OCCUPY others land!
David Guy More than 1 year ago
WRONG QUESTIONS! Does any country have the right NOT to protect her citizens under attack? Does any country have the right to hide behind her citizens when attacking others? Does any country have the right to demand the right that the country they attack place her citizens in danger to make a better life for the first country? If the answer is NO then the only vote in this poll is YES!
Umar Aftab More than 1 year ago
few dozen highly sophisticated missiles vs a single crude rocket attack as some justified response looks quite incomprehensible. Life is precious, no matter which passport they hold and which side of the border they lie on. Let's stop using 1 Israeli life = 15 Palestinian as a reasonable response.
Sarah Williams More than 1 year ago
"crude rocket attack" -- the Fajr 5 and the Grad are hardly crude; they cause fatalities and massive damage. Get real. Hamas targets civilians on purpose--they are war criminals.
Chana Benhiyoun More than 1 year ago
Umar aftab Making generalities like the one say is very naive and uneducated. Every story has a context. I would tell you to educate yourself but it wouldn't help. If you are not an Israeli or a Palestinian you will never understand the situation and therefor can never pass judgment or have a say.
Umar Aftab More than 1 year ago
Israel's moral capital is declining rapidly,
Dan Ehrlich More than 1 year ago
According to Pres. Obama Israel has a right to defend itself. All this begs the question, knowing that Hamas' main manifesto committment was attacking and fighting Israel, why did Gazans vote Hamas into power?..If it means Gaza supports the Hamas position one could say they have brought all this violence onto themselves. On the other hand, if they were ignorant of the issues or just scared to death of Hamas, it again points to the fantasy America has about installing democracies in regions that have no experience of popular rule., ie, Afghanistan
Aurora More than 1 year ago
Jew hatred blinds people and causes the loss of reason. No country in the world would tolerate hundreds of rockets and mortar shells and missiles shot ON PURPOSE at its CIVILIAN POPULATION (which is a WAR CRIME!). Israel has all the legal and moral rights to respond, and she could even do it LEGALLY with deadly artillery fire toward the points of origin of the attacks. YET, Israel doesn't even do that which would be in her right, so as to minimize civilian casualties (less than 100 dead, more than 70% of whom are armed terrorists is UNMATCHED by any army: the Israelis could RAZE GAZA TO THE ROUND if they so wanted!). Hamas NOT ONLY shoots rockets and missiles AT CIVILIANS, but also does it FROM WITHIN CIVILIAN AREAS (which is ANOTHER WAR CRIME!)
Damion Royce More than 1 year ago
“The Bible finds no worse image than this of the man from the desert. And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert he can do as he pleases. The tendency towards conflict is in the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetual war. Israel’s must be the same. The two states solution doesn’t exist; there are no two people here. There is a Jewish people and an Arab population… there is no Palestinian people, so you don’t create a state for an imaginary nation… they only call themselves a people in order to fight the Jews.” [1]- Benjamin Netanyahu Israel is 'defending itself' in the same way Nazis 'defended themselves' against jew terrorists in the Warsaw ghetto. Netanyahu is manipulating this whole thing to give him the excuse to drive all non-jews out of the land.
Cazzbaa More than 1 year ago
Perfect..
Tyler Wheatley More than 1 year ago
Comparing Israel to the Nazis is completely unrational. In the Bible it says that israel in countries such as Gaza will always be enemies. War will always happen there. However Israel does not round up the non-jews into a terriblely conditioned ghetto, hold them there until the "final solution", then bring them to death camps to be killed. You are comparing to completely different topics in two completely differnet time periods.
NADS More than 1 year ago
Hamas attacks CIVILIANS... IDF attacks Hamas military leaders & targets. ISRAEL IS JUSTIFIED!
NoBigGovDuh More than 1 year ago
Tell that to the BBC reporter who lost his 11 month old son.
Jim Kuhn More than 1 year ago
Nads is right, and so sorry for the BBC reporter who lost his 11 month old son. The point is, Hamas and the Terrorists in Gaza have been lobbing rockets and bombs into Israel for years, so it is about time Israel defends itself. I love this quote..."If Israel stops retaliating, then Israel stops as a country, if Hamas stops firing Rockets, then the WAR Stops."
Diane Quinones More than 1 year ago
In war there will always be casualties....
anbake More than 1 year ago
Israel retaliated with Gaza 'absorbing' over 1500 rocket/bomb/ artillery projectile strikes - every one of them a direct hit on a 'high value' target (except for accidents). Compare that to hundreds, or even thousands of 'terror rockets hitting the desert - but setting off the sirens to 'frighten' everybody. Maybe Gazans should have sirens, they don't seem all that frightened.
Hanif Machfud More than 1 year ago
Israel is the really TERORISM MANIAC
Shareef More than 1 year ago
cannot agree to kill any one
Harry Fyhr More than 1 year ago
The intro to this poll sounds like it was written by an Israeli official! "Airstrikes against Hamas military targets" sounds very precise and justified, but the truth of the matter is that densely populated areas are being bombed by Israel, with countless civilians being killed. Let me just clarify that I have no sympathy for Hamas, or any other organiziation who deliberately targets civilians - this is terrorism. In my opinion, Hamas is a disaster for the Palestinians as well as the Israelis, indirectly causing their own people endless grief. But it's hardly surprising that the hate towards Israel is growing strong when we see how Israel will consistently violate the Palestinians' human rights, continue to steal more and more of their land, and blatantly disregard all protests from the rest of the world. The role of the USA in this is tragic. USA has always given Israel massive economic and military support, which means that they would have a lot of weight to put behind it if they really wanted to push Israel in another direction. Even if it's evident that the American government is often very unhappy about Israeli policy, they hardly ever dare to upset Israel's powerful friends at home, including christian conservatives and jews. Numbers can of course never tell the whole story about wars and conflicts like this. Nevertheless, it does give you an idea. The last numbers I heard were 5 Israelis killed, vs. 140 Palestinians. In other words, 28 Palestinian lives for every Israeli life. This seems to be the rule rather than the exception, and it's maybe an indication of how Palestinian lives are valued in Israel.
............. More than 1 year ago
Unless ur an Israeli or a Palestinian you will never understand the situation and therefor can never pass judgment or have a say...
Ungguh Diyanuray More than 1 year ago
netanyahu was created this war... world know who's start fire with murdered palestinian leader days ago... world know about his political ambition... so why jews blame palestinian ? jews victim is bicause of him... palestinian have self-esteem, they will never flap white flag as israeli wants, bicause justice must be upheld...
Ungguh Diyanuray More than 1 year ago
israel with supermodern army... hmm... who's the victim anyway... the fact is, more palestinian woman & children slaughtered by israel bombing... israel propaganda is made by psiko bloody killer... arab moslem never hurt them before 1957... but they did first, until know... so if anybody hoodwink this fact, they just support this psiko maniac...
Chappy the Rabbit More than 1 year ago
Look. We'll make it fair. Israel gets to fire 100 or so rockets into Gaza randomly every day too. No more and no less. This way you can't claim it's disproportionate. (The fact that Israel has Iron Domes, bomb shelters, siren alarms, and soldiers coming into schools to explain to everyone what to do if they hear a siren doesn't negate the fact that rockets were fired into it practically once a week for the last year....)
Chana Benhiyoun More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! YOU COMPLETELY DO NOT KNOW YOUR FACTS AT ALL!!! DO YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT THE 1927 MASSACRE IN HEBRON? THAT IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY TIMES ARABS SLAUGHTERED JEWS IN ISRAEL. THIS DID NOT START IN 1948!! GO LEARN HISTORY AND THEN YOU MIGHT HAVE ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY
Cazzbaa More than 1 year ago
Yes, the precision strikes are fine they have to stand up to this tactic, but once there is and end to the violence I want Israel to step up there and solve the Palestinian issues! Do It!!
Shatabdi Das More than 1 year ago
Who the hell Israel is to decide on any country's sovereignty? Israel is the curse of Asia and humanity as a whole.
Chappy the Rabbit More than 1 year ago
JUST STOP FIRING MISSILES AT THEM AND THEY'LL LEAVE GAZA ALONE! How hard is it to understand that? Instead of threatening Israel, or firing weapons at them and being outraged when Israel fires back, or swearing to avenge "their fallen comrades"(Who elected a government that chose to fire missiles into Israel), just STOP. This isn't advanced calculus.
caroline_wadad More than 1 year ago
Leave Gaza alone? I think it's a bit late for that. When you create an open air prison for millions of people and still expect them to sit there quietly and not be driven to madness by their hopeless existence then it means you know nothing about humanity. Israel's repeated acts of oppression forced extremism and hamas into existence- all you have to do is see what Palestinians lived like before the Nakba to see what Israel has turned them into. Shame.