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Hamas Onslaught, Israeli Revenge & The Return Of Diplomacy  

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

Last Saturday, it was Hamas’s massive incursion from its Gaza habitat into Israeli border towns and villages. This Saturday it is Israel’s retaliation, more massive in scale and impacts – on the 40 km by 10 km land strip that is Gaza, accommodating two million people. The Hamas attack on October 7 was the biggest on Israel in fifty years, and on the day after the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur war. It was also Hamas’s biggest operation in its 45 year history. The deaths and losses on both sides are too painful and those who are suffering do not need political argumentation by others. Yet reactions are inevitable, and they have been mixed worldwide. First came official condemnations from the world’s capitals of power. Now there are street protests by those who feel dispossessed.    

A new development amidst the mayhem is the return of shuttle diplomacy. Though not as flashy as Henry Kissinger and his flights across Middle East after the 1973 war, the current US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is furiously shuttling back and forth between Israel and Arab countries, literally to keep a lid on the region and prevent region-wide conflicts involving Iran, Lebanon and Syria. The last seven years have seen a different kind of diplomacy in the Middle East that privileged the so called Arab-Israeli normalization and excluded the Palestinian question. It began with the notorious collaboration between Donald Trump as US President and Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli Prime Minister. The two men, fusing tragedy and farce, produced the so called Abraham Accords, which  became the new framework for Arab-Israeli normalization while excluding the Palestinians. 

The new Biden Administration continued the initiative, but chose to jettison the title “Abraham Accords” and use “normalization agreements” instead. The State Department also made it clear that Arab-Israeli normalization is “not a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace,” and expressed the hope that the new normalization agreements will “contribute to tangible progress towards the goal of advancing a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians.” Beyond expressing hope, the Biden Administration did little to bring back the Israeli-Palestinian question into America’s foreign policy focus. 

The Palestinians disappeared from Washington’s radar as the Administration diverted its energies and resources to the war in Ukraine and towards containing China. Clinching a new Israeli-Saudi deal became virtually the sole objective for the Middle East file. The Hamas attack and its aftermaths have upended the short term foreign policy goals of US and its NATO allies, and have reset geopolitical priorities. Hamas has been taken to task for the brutality of its attack, and Israel has declared war on Hamas as punishment. At the same time, the Palestinian question is back on the front burner for big-power attention. Lurking, rather looming, in the background is Benjamin Netanyahu, whose long spells as Prime Minister of Israel have a lot to account for the events of last week. His continuing presence as Prime Minister is equally a destabilizing factor for the future – not only for Israeli-Palestinian relations, but also for domestic Israeli politics.      

Netanyahu and his Nemesis

Shlomo Ben-Ami is an Israeli academic, Oxford historian, and a former Foreign Minister of Israel (in Ehud Barak’s government). In an opinion piece, published in Canada’s Globe and Mail, and entitled, “The destructive hubris of Benjamin Netanyahu,” Dr. Ben-Ami writes that “Mr. Netanyahu’s hubris met its nemesis in the form of Hamas’s brutality.” One cannot separate Mr. Netanyahu’s self-serving intransigence towards the Palestinians throughout his time in office as Prime Minister, from Hamas’s October 7 attack. There are also continuities and similarities between the current situation and the aftermaths of the 1973 war.  

John Rapley, Political Economist, Cambridge, has noted that while the 1973 war transformed the global economy by creating the petroleum crisis, the current war is unlikely to have similarly far reaching impacts. The world economy is now different, far more widespread and diverse, and far less dependent on oil. The west’s declining dependence on Middle Eastern oil may have been a factor in the Palestinian problem becoming a lesser concern in the foreign policy considerations of the west in general, and particularly in the US. But there have been other and more significant developments that have pushed the Palestinian question to the backburner. 

The experience of the 1973 war led to Israel and Arab countries working towards bilateral rapprochements and the pursuit of a parallel peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The linkage between Palestinian liberation and Arab leadership was getting attenuated, even if not totally severed. The 1978/79 Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, although controversial and divisive, significantly changed the course of Middle Eastern politics. 

The Oslo Peace Accords of 1993 and 1995 between Israel and the Palestinians were another landmark achievement even though they were frustrated from reaching the elusive final settlement. Even the gains of the Peace Accords, the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority and limited Palestinian self-government in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were frustrated from reaching their full potentials. 

There was also opposition to the Oslo Accords among both the Palestinians and the Israelis. The redoubtable Ishrak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister who signed the Oslo Accords with PLO’s Yasser Arafat, paid with his life for pursuing peace, gunned down by a right-wing lunatic. From a Palestinian standpoint, the great Edward Said pungently described the Oslo Accords as “Palestinian Versailles.”  

The disagreements over the Peace Accords gave the new Palestinian militants, especially Hamas, considerable advantage over the old Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), which came to be identified as a corrupt and upstart establishment. On the Israeli side, the right-wing forces were on the ascent, and during Benjamin Netanyahu’s long spell as Prime Minister, even the paltry Oslo gains were not only stymied, but also reversed. 

The unfolding tragedy was given a farcical fillip when Donald Trump became US President while Netanyahu was at the height of his powers as Israeli Prime Minister. And it was back to total tragedy when Netanyahu returned as Prime Minister in December 2022 (after being out of office from June 2021) and cobbled together the most rightwing and incompetent government in Israel’s history. 

Netanyahu’s return to power has been possible only because of the concessions he made to rightwing fringe parties, and satisfying his new coalition partners has come at the heavy price of alienating the Palestinians and aggravating their conditions in the West Bank and in Gaza. In addition to allowing Jewish takeover of Palestinian lands and the spread of illegal Jewish settlements, the Netanyahu government also provoked the Palestinians by infringing scared Muslim areas within Jerusalem. 

All the while, Mr. Netanyahu was trying to expand the Abraham Accords with far flung countries like Indonesia, Niger, Mauritania, and Somalia, in addition to finalizing the more prized normalization with Saudi Arabia next door. And he kept ignoring warnings from the Americans and Saudis, even when they came jointly from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farham.  Both men have emphasized that the expansion of Arab Israeli normalizations will not be possible in a climate of rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Whether these warnings were not strong enough, or whether the Netanyahu government would not have heeded them anyway, no one foresaw that they would come true so quickly and with such ferocity.  

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    I’m just sick of the world. ……. But I’m not going to depart.

    Not wait from dawn of time …… for humans to shape up ……… wait for right, justice, peace, honour, morality, ethics, …….. and all the rest of the non-animal traits ………

    Gonna walk into the jungle and have the time of my life ………. with the rest of the ……. animals.

    Hope to meet you all there.

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      Filastin, the original Arab pronunciation, was a land area occupied by Arabs, until European nations decided to deport Jews fleeing Hitler’s Germany. The West considered the Jews problematic who would destabilise their lands. So they looked up ancient Biblical texts and renamed Filastin to Palestine and shipped the Jews there. The rest they say is history. I will not labour that point. People who know history know what’s being talked about. Useless looking up Wikipedia or European history books. All that has been confused to fit in with what the West says. Reading most Western mainstream media, that also dominate the pages of local media, will further confuse you. You will be told the Arabs and Hamas are the culprits.

      According to the UN office [UNOCHR], since 2008 and prior to recent hostilities, According to the UN office [UNOCHR], since 2008 and prior to recent hostilities, deaths through violence in occupied Palestinian territory are declared as over 6,400 Arabs and 308 Israelis. More need not be said.

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    What is happening now is a continuation of the religious war between Jews and Muslims. This is an ongoing issue among religions with founders. The attack on Israel on Saturday is said to be the bloodiest day in the country’s history. Israel and Hamas have lost over thousands of lives. It is wise for both parties to drop their arrogance and enter into dialogue towards peace. There is no benefit from destruction. Hamas must also abandon its terrorist activities. One ponders whether this Israel-Hamas military confrontation is a deviation from the Russia-Ukraine war. Moreover, Hamas were using China’s weapons to launch an attack on Israel, which were provided to Iran and now Iran passed these weapons to Hamas. The issue is whether Iran will come to the rescue of the Hamas if Israel continues to attack Gaza. Sanatana Dharma insists on giving up arrogance and solving all problems with love and compassion. Hinduism does not have this problem because Hinduism is a harmless religion. This is one of the reasons why foreigners also embrace Hinduism. Will the Indian Prime Mnister, Narendra Modi negotiate with the warring parties to restore peace in the Middle-East. However, he has discouraged all forms of terrorism. Arab countries and Russia may lend support to India to put an end to this unending problem.

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      AR: Sanatana Dharma insists on giving up arrogance and solving all problems with love and compassion.”

      You are indeed right. The LTTE was defeated with loads of love and compassion.

      AR: “Hinduism does not have this problem because Hinduism is a harmless religion.”

      “Arjuna despairs thinking about the violence and death the war will cause in the battle against his kin and becomes emotionally preoccupied with a dilemma. Wondering if he should renounce the war, Arjuna seeks the counsel of Krishna…. Krishna counsels Arjuna to ‘fulfil his Kshatriya (warrior) duty’ for the upholdment of dharma.” (Source: Wikipedia article on Bhagavad Gita.)

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        I got a good laugh from this line .

        “You are indeed right. The LTTE was defeated with loads of love and compassion.”

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        Many a crime against humanity was committed in the name of Sanatana Dharma.
        The system was designed in the interest of protecting the interests of the Brahmin elite with some concessions to the Kshatriya and Vaisya. The Shudra was denied many rights and the Panchama are lower than cattle.
        *
        No religion has been harmless in history.
        Religious rivalry always had material interests lurking behind the veil of religious virtue.

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          SJ,
          Hamas terrorists and Iran should have realized that when they launched a brutal attack on Israel, they should have expected such destruction to lives and property. Destruction occurred on both sides. Both sides forgot that the innocent people who died were children of God. If anyone knows the real meaning of Sanatana Dharma they will realize that the beauty of Sanatana Dharma prevents such uncivilized attacks on innocent people. I think I should present an article on Sanatana Dharma for everyone to have a clear idea.

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            Will it include Varna justice too?

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        This extract is from the Wikipedia article on Velupillai Prabhakaran:
        “Religion was not a major factor in his philosophy or ideology; the Tamil Tigers’ ideology emerged from Marxist-Leninist thought and was explicitly secular. Its leadership professed opposition to religion.[81][82][83] It focused single-mindedly on attaining an independent Tamil Eelam.”

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        Listen to the Ranga’s Geetha through Puranthara Dasa’s lines:

        https://www.bing.com/videos/riverview/relatedvideo?q=Ada+pOgONa+bArO+rangA&mid=AF69199C874CBA63DFB5AF69199C874CBA63DFB5&FORM=VIRE

        By the way, which period of Hinduism do you consider advocating the Sanatana Dharma? The undefined Hinduism is there from 9000- 5000 years. Bhagat Singh, Netaji took arms against England. Mahabharat was fought right before Dravidian lost their wars finally to Afghan Gandharans, i.e., 5000 years ago- Before Kaliyuka was born. The Dravidians’ unbelievable civilization flourished all over the North and was completely wiped out after Mahabharat. Understanding where the events were going to take turn, Kirishna put every effort to save the continent-wide Dravidians from the hand of a few invaders. Kali (Era) was born right after the departure of Pandavas. Then, killing, murder, raping, stealing, animal eating…… all new sinful habits were forced for the first time to vegetarian Dravidians. Pandavas left in hurry so as not to be stained in the sinful era that was dawning. King Uthistra lived a puritan life of never lying. Pandavas negotiated with their opponents for 15 years for their agreed share. They used many negotiators and messengers to avoid the war. That is not the life in the modern era of Sadampi lives. Veda Vyasa composed Mahabharata long after the war, i.e., 2500 years ago. Geetha was added by another philosophical poet, sometime later.

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        Reality is, the Geetha is separating religion from politics. Religion categories killing as sin. In politics, if the deer doesn’t lift its hind leg and break the mouth of the lion, she would not go back and give milk to the pawn, hiding in the bushes. After that lion will be left to die of hunger without being able to hunt with its inability to grab prey by mouth. All living lives are necessitated to defend them from their adversaries. Geetha stands as a prime philosophical Hindu text, not because telling to kill when needed, but only prescribing what is the duty of a man under the Varnashrama Dharma. It is the duty, which is important, for any Dharma. Geetha advocates the right to defend, and the right to hunt and eat. Ehalaivan, a better warrior than Arjuna, was only a hunter, and was prevented from participating in the war. Warring is a duty only for the Kshatriya, under Varnashrama Dharma. The King, the political leader, is obligated to fight against adversaries and protect the subjects. Beyond that, it is sin for others to do killing. Those who read Wikipedia for religion cannot understand that killing the enemy is only vested with the politician, the King, and for a Brahmin, the religious Guru, it is strictly prevented from coming close to the blood of living lives.

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        For a long time, Indian Brahmins did not want to become doctors, so they studied only Law, engineering, and accounting. That is one of the reasons Gandhi, a vegetarian brahmin, was a lawyer. That is to avoid meeting blood. Killing for Kshatriya was justified in Geetha using very old Hindu Philosophy. That is, the body and the soul are two different entities, though existing together, possess exclusive properties. Soul originates from the eternal, the one cannot meet destruction, Brahman. The body was constructed with Maya (in layman language chemicals), the consort of Braman. Body generates, degenerates and regenerates through birth and death, but not the Soul that exists ever. Killing takes place only at the level of the body, which will regenerate when the soul seeks for it again. All bodies meet the same fate and they must meet it. So, in a war, which is needed for a Kshatriya to protect his subjects causing a body meeting that fate easier than possibly it could have otherwise, doesn’t make any difference. death for a person unless he that, Geetha justifies killing in the war by the recommended sin free methods. War must be fought only in the warfront, using the approved arms and fighting methods, by prearranged time and place, not in front of women and children, or inside the residences.

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        It does not support the current cruel warfare, secretly at night times by surprise attacks. Messenger must be sent before invading with details. Mahabharat carries a lot of details about how older, respectable knights must be treated if appearing on the enemy side, how to salute to Gurus before starting an attack on them. Just because Geetha advocates war, it is not prescribing the Rowdy Royals’ Humanitarian Rescue Operation Mission, with in one hand UN Charter and on the other hand guns. Geetha is not fraudulent Sinhala Buddhism, in which Sadampi is a PhD pundit.

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      AR
      it is not a religious war at all.It is a war over land and territory only.The jews think the land belongs tothem only because they were therea thousand years ago before the romans kicked them out.The muslims did not do that.In fact they provided refuge form the romans to the jews and that ishow they survived.Then in europe they got again kicked out and they came back and occupied the lands they were in originally but now occupied by the paletinians.So it is just a case of land and whre to settle down after being kicked out by the christians of europe who seemed to distrust the jews.
      What both parties must understand is that lands do not belong to humans.They cannot be owned by humans because they are not created by humans, Yu can own a house because humans built it,you can own a car because factories churned it out but you cannot own the land of israel,gaza and west bank because it was the supreme being that created it and it is the supreme being that will decide who lives whre in this planet.

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        cont
        It is time that all humanity undrstood this and learnt to live with each other harmoniously sharing the land in a fair and equitable manner and not inviting the wrath of the supreme being who will be the ultimate decider in conflicts over land.
        A two state solution is the only option here.A palestinian state of gaza and west bank.
        What both parties must understand is that lands do not belong to humans.They cannot be owned by humans because they are not created by humans, Yu can own a house because humans built it,you can own a car because factories churned it out but you cannot own the land of israel,gaza and west bank because it was the supreme being that created it and it is the supreme being that will decide who lives whre in this planet. It is time that all humanity undrstood this and learnt to live with each other harmoniously sharing the land in a fair and equitable manner and not inviting the wrath of the supreme being who will be the ultimate decider in conflicts over land.
        A two state solution is the only option here.A palestinian state of gaza and west bank.

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    It should be read as “One ponders whether this Israel-Hamas military confrontation is to deviate the attention from the Russia-Ukraine war.”

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      It is fair suspicion.
      But who is behind it?

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        ” But who is behind it?
        Really Really Really Really unfair suspicion.

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          Do not get agitated.
          It cannot be you by any stretch of imagination.

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            Why do you hallucinating you as me, who was standing behind Putin to save his ass from the war crime?

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            gota

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        SJ,
        Now we are getting the truth. Let the Palestinians know how their leaders and their families are safe and enjoying. On the other hand innocent people of Palestine along with children are facing the consequences. Even the Head of the Hamaz Organization wants the people not to move from Gaza, but he with his family are enjoying a good life in Iran. Real Hypocrite. There must be some conspiracy.

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      Correct; I too thought when Netanyagu was struggling to win elections, he would start a war between Russia and Ukraine, undermine the security and intelligence of Israel to and give turn like this to the events.

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    The global Palestinian problem was not solved. Now the global is struggling, you must work on what happened in the past and present. What will be the future? It was addressed the climate of rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions.To whom is pedestrian belongs.

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    Thank you Rajan.

    Timeline of conflict https://tinyurl.com/5n6heuw7 and more from
    https://tinyurl.com/59my436e

    “Australia has overwhelmingly rejected a plan to give greater political rights to Indigenous people in a referendum.” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-67110193

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      A
      A very valid point.
      What does it tell us?

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        SJ:
        You should not seek valid points from the overtly racist Australians, most of whom are the descendants of murderers, rapists and other criminals. Try applying for an Australian visa!

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          CM
          I got my tourist visa a few times without trouble, but they are pretty bad wit other categories.
          There are not as polished in their racism as the folk in the home countries.

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            Karuna also got his tourist Visa.

            Sad part is not in UK standardized, but not even in Australian standard the fitness for a residential visa couldn’t be established. Do you know why do they give tourist visa without submitting an application for it?

            “There are not as polished in their racism as the folk in the home countries. “
            One can live the life of the woman who always can find the needle she loses, but never can find the wooden motor rod she kept last. That could be politically adorable trait, but there is no way to transcribe it in a residential visa application. Sorry man, with your unmarketable talents!

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          The same thing happened during the republic referendum during the John Howards time. The yes vote prevailed in the predominantly rich wealthy educated electorates in the city and inner cities and the No vote in poor working class, rural largely labour voting electorates. These people White Australian or recent immigrant more susceptible to fear mongering and resist change. The no campaign very successfully fear mongered whilst the Yes campaign did not explain anything properly, resulting even in predominantly Aboriginal areas the No vote won.

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    now israel has no other option than to get rid of the hamas from gaza.Wonder what will happen to the hostages. They will be killed i suppose.Hamas does not recognise the existence of israel.They will threfore block a two state solution.It is best that they go just like the LTTE here to find a solution.

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      Israel always had the option of being honest and implement agreements with sincerity— an option that it never chose.

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        sj

        unfortunately it is too late for that now.I agree with you it should have been done earlier.Now if i am in netanyahu’s shoes what will i do?I have to first redeem myself from the humiliation i have suffered.So the bombing of gaza was inevitable.I would continue it as long as it takes.While that is continuing the ground assault is being planned.I would be looking at minimising the israeli troop casualties.So i would not be in a hurry for the ground assault.Let the hamas wait inside their tunnels and enjoy their 5 star comforts.After some time i would direct air attacks on the borders of the northern gaza and level it to the ground.Any tunnels nderneath will be covered by the building debris.Thensend the troops in.Then level to the ground some more etc etc.

        However in my heart i wish the hamas causes the maximum casualties for the israeli
        troops,but wthout air power they are up against it if the israelis follow the battle plan i just gave,to go in little by little flattening the buildings in front of them.Thetunnels will become useless then and hamas will not be able to get out of them.

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          cont
          However in my heart i wish the hamas causes the maximum casualties for the israeli troops because israel should have offerred a two state solution long ago.even though hamas would have rejected it because they say that israel should not exist but we all know they are idiots and should have been isolated with a good offer by israel,but wthout air power they are up against it if the israelis follow the battle plan i just gave,to go in little by little flattening the buildings in front of them.Thetunnels will become useless then and hamas will not be able to get out of them. If the tunnels are not neautrlized hamas will give a thundering fight.Also hizbullah in lebenon has 100000 fighters and will open up a second front.

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    There is a saying
    Chinese cant talk against Chinese Govt
    Russians cant talk against Russian Govt
    Cubans cant talk against Cuban Govt
    North Koreans cant talk against North Korean Govt
    in the west you can talk against

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    There is a saying
    Chinese cant talk against Chinese Govt
    Russians cant talk against Russian Govt
    Cubans cant talk against Cuban Govt
    North Koreans cant talk against North Korean Govt
    in the west you can talk against your own govt but not against Israel’s govt

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      in sri lanka you can talk against your own government and vote for the same wine in different bottles too.After they cross over you can talk about that too.Talk,talk,talk.

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      That sums up just about right!

      With the west up in arms over the events in Israel and Palestine, plenty of accusations of anti-semitism reported by the media across the west. But not very many reports of anti-arab/muslim expressions though clearly present.

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    A White American in Illinois has killed a 6 year old Palestinian child by stabbing him 26 times. 26! A very sad story. Americans call it a hate crime?
    Then there is good news that the Rafah border crossing is open for humanitarian aid and maybe for foreign passport holders. I hope Israel has stopped bombing locations near the border.
    In the meantime, Hamas has reportedly said that they have plans to free foreign hostages, which is an admirable decision. If they have such plans, they should do it immediately without much fanfare. I still say they should release all women and children unconditionally. Why? There is unprecedented support for the Palestine Question all over the world. The credit should go to Hamas for eliciting such solidarity which is extremely rare, especially against a country that has rock solid support from the US led West. Moreover, Arab and Muslim countries have united as never before and stand by Palestine. Their support is strong, firm and reliable. This may be the last chance to resolve the Palestine Question. Therefore, this solidarity should be utilized to the maximum to build the foundation for an independent and sovereign Palestine State.
    I support Palestinians!!!
    “Free, free Palestine!”
    “Free, free Palestine!”

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      The US has sent two warships equipped with surveillance to the Mediterranean sea and fighter jets to Israel to terrorize Arab and Muslim countries.
      The US also specifically warned Iran and Hezbollah (?) not to support Palestinians. I know nothing about Hezbollah. I have to find out why the mighty US, Britain, Germany and Israel are so scared of Hezbollah.
      Israel needs US military and intelligence because they are weak and their military is demoralized. I don’t think invading Northern Gaza and occupying it will be an easy task for Israel. If they try, they will be stopped. How? I don’t know. What I know is, this is not 1917, 1948, 1967 or 1981. This is 2023.
      On the other hand, the US, Britain and Israel are all out to eliminate Hamas. How do they do it without eliminating 2 million Palestinian civilians, I don’t know. Most people are of the view that Hamas militants are hiding in underground tunnels. We don’t know the length of the tunnels. They are maybe 300-400 km long. There may be sea tunnels too. I don’t know for sure but, I believe Mariupol has an ancient underwater tunnel to Crimea.

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      Correction : The Rafah border crossing is not opened yet as there is no guarantee for the safety and security of dual nationals or aid workers.
      I urge the President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin to utilize his influence, power, gentle diplomacy, close ties with Arab and Muslim countries and good relations with warring parties to secure a safe passage to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians. Needless to say, this matter warrants immediate solution as the Gaza victims include 1 million children and 50,000 pregnant women!

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        While Western leaders do lip service, the Russian Federation has put forward a draft Resolution at the Security Council to call for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, which is highly commendable. As usual, the US has blocked it complaining that there was no mention of Hamas. In March 2022, the US killed a similar Resolution submitted by the Russian Federation proposing certain steps to facilitate humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. This is another proof that commonsense is quite uncommon among US officials. A humanitarian ceasefire is applied to civilians, and therefore, there is absolutely no reason to mention warring parties.
        For over 12 days, the US led West failed to even recognize the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Gaza Strip due to Israel’s cowardly attacks on Palestinian civilians. Israel had to kill 3,0000 Palestinians, injured 11,000, destroy almost all Mosques, vital infrastructure, food warehouses, numerous residential buildings and cut off basic human necessities in the Gaza Strip before finally managing to kill one Hamas Commander!!! That is also thanks to US Intelligence.
        Contd’…..

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          As obvious, Israel is trying to capitalize the situation for enforced displacement of native Palestinians from Northern Gaza. Mark my word, if allowed, they will open new Jews resettlements there overnight. The UN is testimony to how Palestine was renamed Israel in 1948!

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    The Prime Minister of Israel says his country is fighting terrorists and the world should support their cause. Seriously? How many terrorist outfits did Israel fund, train and supply weapons in the past?
    How many innocent civilians may have been killed by terrorists using sophisticated Israeli and European weapons?
    Hello, Mr. Israeli Prime Minister, don’t you think holding 2.3 million Palestinians hostage, and cutting off water, food, medicine, electricity and fuel is a terrorist act? Not only that, you have dropped over 6,000 bombs on “starving and dehydrated” Palestinians. Shame on you, man! You ordered Palestinians in Northern Gaza to flee towards Wadi Gaza and then bombed the fleeing men, women and children. So far, you have forcibly displaced over 1 million Palestinians. All these are war crimes. Only terrorists would do such things. In Sri Lanka, LTTE besieged Northern Tamils for decades. They were deprived of food and medicine. Then, in 2006, terrorists blocked a river and cut-off water to their own people. That was when the Sri Lanka military intervened and ended up eliminating terrorists. You have done the same thing that LTTE terrorists have done. Watch your back, Sir! Depriving water is a powerful emotional tool that can provoke wars.

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      There is unprecedented support for the Palestine Question all over the world. The credit should go to Hamas for eliciting such solidarity
      I wrote to you two days ago that no one else can cackle as much as you are. One who wants to say something concrete must wait to see what turns the events are about to take. SA is the first country kicked on the butt of Osama bin Laden. Pakistan was the one, at last, provided refuge for him. You paint the picture the way you want. SA and UAE will never elect to become Pakistan, any soon. Two years ago, they eliminated Qatar from their team. Egypt opening the border for Palestinians to get vent on America’s request, is not enough. If Egypt and SA want peace on their borders, they need to provide a way to Israel and America to annihilate Hamas. That is about to happen too. But first is Western food trucks need to line up on the border, even before Iran’s loads of rockets slip through Lebanon. If America wants to protect democracy as it claims, it needs to know where to infuse turmoil so democracy can be germinated there and where to douse the fire, there democracy can be sustained.

      Welcome Lankan Huwai !

      Dear Champawati, what else can I tell, but” that has been the life on the earth”.

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        You are not explaining the Hamas, but in very award manner trumpeting who you are.
        I agree with you that you have fallen only because of your negligence, but I see still your mustache is not soiled. Is that right?

        Still can you beat the Evil Emperor in Nariya games?

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