Israel continues its air assault on Gaza and has attempted to destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons into Gaza. Israel and Gaza are both ignoring the pleas of the United Nations Security Council for “an immediate halt to all violence….and opening of Gaza borders to address serious humanitarian and economic needs and ensure supply of food, fuel, and medical treatment,” according to the Telegraph . MSNBC states the death toll in Gaza is now approaching 300. Also “among the dead were 20 children under age 16 and nine women.”
The Telegraph reports that Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak stated that the battle against Gaza “won’t be short.” Also, Mark Regev, senior Israeli spokesman said, “Israel will continue until we have a new security in the south, when the population there will no longer live in terror of constant rocket barrages.”
There are wide reports Israel has activated 6,500 reservists and a ground attack on Gaza may be pending. Meanwhile, in Gaza, rockets are still being blasted into Israel. A rocket reached Ashdod, thus greatly increasing the numbers of Israelis at risk from the rockets.
There are protests throughout the Middle East over the bombing of Gaza. Protestors are angry at Israel and America. When Israel bombs another country anti-American sentiment is always set aflame in the Middle East.
Other nations have called on Israel to stop the bombing and pleaded that the attacks are creating a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
As Hanukkah reaches an end, it is a pity the holiday in Israel was marred by rocket attacks on Israel and then Israel’s attack on Gaza. How many more times will Israel use violence instead of diplomacy? How long will Hamas continue to incite violence with their rockets shot into Israel?
A very unfortunate cycle of violence has started again. How many young Gaza men will join Hamas now and take part in suicide bombings against Israel? How many Israeli families will lose a beloved son or daughter who will serve as a soldier in the ground attack into Gaza?
In my opinion peace is the answer. Violence will just cause more violence and the cycle of chaos will never end. It is horrifying to think that the people of Gaza and Israel are under attack again, due to the violence of Hamas.
With peace the people of Gaza will have freedom and a life again. For now they are living like prisoners. An oppressed people will also have factions who become violent. Peace is the only answer. Diplomacy not bombs must prevail. Salaam, shalom, peace.