So, we ought to listen more carefully to the lady. Here in Israel we were horrified to hear her excuse the Gazan use of human shields with the easy to disprove myth of Gaza being "densely populated."
Look at this simple chart:
|I purposely made this "extra large" so that even on a small screen you can see the city names and numbers.|
I'm still not sure whether the purported conversation between U. S. President Barack Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was true or fabricated, but I am not surprised that most people found it very easy to believe.
The following is an excerpt of the conversation, published in Hebrew by Channel One:One mustn't forget that using countries like Qatar and Turkey, which have been so unabashedly anti-Israel, to mediate between Israel and Hamas Gaza is illogical, actually outrageous. And Egypt, which has been so unstable in recent years is also a peculiar choice. There are very few countries in the world that can be considered even minimally neutral. Canada is the only one that comes to mind.
Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities - particularly airstrikes.
Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?
Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets - silence will be met with silence.
Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel's position.
Netanyahu: Kerry's proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.
Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel's military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel's commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,
Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.
Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.
Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks...
Obama - interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel's court - it is obligated to end all military activities. (Arutz 7)
Also, remember that Israel is a legitimate established country, and Gaza is a "territory" ruled by Hamas Arab terrorists. And that is where the lack of symmetry starts.
Please don't forget that Israel is being attacked. The Iron Dome doesn't provide full protection and none against the mortars which go under the "radar." There have been deaths, injuries and destruction in Israel.
|3 injured in Kiriyat Gat|
Here are a few cartoons which describe the present situation very well:
|Terrorist tunnels snaking in under our borders and leading to hidden exits is a threat that Israel cannot and will not live with. Dry Bones|