Conflict history

Conflict history

Conflict history

Conflict history

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DURING the Second World War, the Nazi regime attempted the total annihilation of the Jewish race (Letters, August 2).

In 1947, an exodus of European Jews took place and their destination was their traditional ‘homeland’, Israel. Initially rebuffed, they eventually succeeded and founded modern Israel.

The Six Day War of 1967 saw an attack on Israel by Syria, Jordan and Egypt whereby these three nations hoped to destroy Israel. Israel was victorious and routed the attackers.

Now there is the current onslaught whereby Hamas wishes to destroy Israel.

Hamas carry on a continual bombardment of Israel, in an attempt to destabilise the area. Israel takes exception to this bombardment and fights back. Unfortunately Hamas sets up its rocket launchers in civilian areas.

A terrible consequence of these attacks is the numbers of children and civilians being killed or injured.

However, the deaths and injuries of Palestinians pales into virtual insignificance when compared to the numbers being killed/injured by the warring Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

All wars are abhorrent. As Churchill once said: “Jaw, jaw is better that war, war”.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.

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3:25pm Wed 6 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

Mr Roe seems to forget that the Jewish people who went to Palestine after the war were "reclaiming" an area that was already occupied. Since then, Israel has steadily expanded it`s borders taking land from Syria and the West Bank. Nearly every kibbutz and settlement is built on land robbed from Palestinian farmers.

The Propaganda that is being peddled by the Israeli establishment echoes that of the Americans when they invaded Iraq; pinpoint bombing, civilians to be protected, minimum force neccessary.

They were even considerate enough to send a text to people to let them know they were going to destroy their property, and would send over a "roof knocker" just to make sure they got the message. I hope the inhabitants of Gaza are grateful for such kind acts.
Mr Roe seems to forget that the Jewish people who went to Palestine after the war were "reclaiming" an area that was already occupied. Since then, Israel has steadily expanded it`s borders taking land from Syria and the West Bank. Nearly every kibbutz and settlement is built on land robbed from Palestinian farmers. The Propaganda that is being peddled by the Israeli establishment echoes that of the Americans when they invaded Iraq; pinpoint bombing, civilians to be protected, minimum force neccessary. They were even considerate enough to send a text to people to let them know they were going to destroy their property, and would send over a "roof knocker" just to make sure they got the message. I hope the inhabitants of Gaza are grateful for such kind acts. gwen4me
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8:32am Thu 7 Aug 14

Davidka says...

gwen4me wrote:
Mr Roe seems to forget that the Jewish people who went to Palestine after the war were "reclaiming" an area that was already occupied. Since then, Israel has steadily expanded it`s borders taking land from Syria and the West Bank. Nearly every kibbutz and settlement is built on land robbed from Palestinian farmers.

The Propaganda that is being peddled by the Israeli establishment echoes that of the Americans when they invaded Iraq; pinpoint bombing, civilians to be protected, minimum force neccessary.

They were even considerate enough to send a text to people to let them know they were going to destroy their property, and would send over a "roof knocker" just to make sure they got the message. I hope the inhabitants of Gaza are grateful for such kind acts.
Still have a problem with facts don't you. Who exactly occupied Palestine as you put it. From 1917-1948 it was 'occupied' by the British. Before that, it was part of the Ottoman empire for some 400 years. Before that it was always a backwater of someone else's empire. Oh yes, you conveniently forget that the West Bank was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948-1967. You also conveniently forget the context of the six day war when Israel was threatened with extinction even though there was no occupation and no settlements at that time. Sorry it upsets you that Israel made the mistake of winning that war which resulted in the Golan and West Bank falling into Israeli hands. Of course, you are not interested in facts. They run contrary to your purely anti-Israel agenda and your frustration that the country dares to exist at all.
[quote][p][bold]gwen4me[/bold] wrote: Mr Roe seems to forget that the Jewish people who went to Palestine after the war were "reclaiming" an area that was already occupied. Since then, Israel has steadily expanded it`s borders taking land from Syria and the West Bank. Nearly every kibbutz and settlement is built on land robbed from Palestinian farmers. The Propaganda that is being peddled by the Israeli establishment echoes that of the Americans when they invaded Iraq; pinpoint bombing, civilians to be protected, minimum force neccessary. They were even considerate enough to send a text to people to let them know they were going to destroy their property, and would send over a "roof knocker" just to make sure they got the message. I hope the inhabitants of Gaza are grateful for such kind acts.[/p][/quote]Still have a problem with facts don't you. Who exactly occupied Palestine as you put it. From 1917-1948 it was 'occupied' by the British. Before that, it was part of the Ottoman empire for some 400 years. Before that it was always a backwater of someone else's empire. Oh yes, you conveniently forget that the West Bank was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948-1967. You also conveniently forget the context of the six day war when Israel was threatened with extinction even though there was no occupation and no settlements at that time. Sorry it upsets you that Israel made the mistake of winning that war which resulted in the Golan and West Bank falling into Israeli hands. Of course, you are not interested in facts. They run contrary to your purely anti-Israel agenda and your frustration that the country dares to exist at all. Davidka
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