I just read this on Reddit:
So another war has started, don’t care who is to blame or who started it. What I do know that having rockets thrown at you is scary as hell. I’m liking the direction this war/conflict is taking. There hasn’t been many Palestinian causalities so far, and I’m loving the Iron dome (hopefully you will one day develop the technology that can stop every rocket). Hopefully it stays this way and doesn’t get any bloodier. Also, I hope the IDF won’t do half a job and perhaps take over Gaza again, I think Israel did a mistake giving it back…
Anyways, why do I as a Palestinian share this opinion? Well, I’m sick of all this. I truly am. Sure Palestinians voted for Hamas, but had they known the suffering Gazans had to endure, they probably wouldn’t have voted for hamas. Besides, it’s not like Hamas benefited Palestinians in any way in the past years. Israel initiated the blockade on Gaza, Hamas made tunnels that’s now controlled by them (like a mafia). See what I hate about this situation is the status quo, if Israel leaves Hamas alone, Gaza would remain under blockade for many years to come, and Hamas would still control tunnels using taxes earned to get rich or send of a couple of rockets every month to Israel as a sign of ‘resistance’. Perhaps getting rid of Hamas and taking control of Gaza might get us closer to peace.
I know the majority of Israelis want peace, but sadly you’re government is controlled by extremists as well, when they continue to expand settlements. I just hope I’ll be able to see peace between us before I die (I’m 22 now, so hopefully there’s time).
If you have any questions for me, don’t hestitate to ask.
The comments to the post are also very interesting, with the palestinian writing:
Grandfather from Nablus, grandmother from Jaffa or Akka. But they lived in Haifa most of their lives until 1948.
I don’t know about you, but if somebody’s born in a country (Lebanon) and lived in it for 22 years can he/she still count as a refugee? Hell, even my father was born in Lebanon. The refugee status was given to me because of politics. Even Israel naturalized Palestinian refugees, Arabs on the other hand not only didn’t naturalize Palestinians, they put rules that specifically discriminate against us. You do realize that a Palestinian is better treated in Israel than in most Arab states?
Who can rescue Palestine? Hamas? Fatah? Arabs? All these have fucked us more than anyone. The solution has to come from the inside. If Israel can eliminate Hamas, than so be it.
About the AuthorAn Australian immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave has been blogging since early 2003.
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