Just about everything that needs to be said regarding the situation in Gaza has been said.
It is an undeniable fact however, that peace and stability will struggle to exist whilst Gaza is under the control of an extremist organisation which believes in the legitimate use of suicide bombers and makes declarations such as this;
“….This assembly holds special significance, since it takes place after Gaza was liberated against the will of the Zionist aggressors. Who knows when we will celebrate the liberation of Gaza, Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa and the rest of Palestine. Hamas, together with the Palestinian people, will implement its policy using a new language, without feeling any urge to meet with the enemy or negotiate with it.” Khaled Mashal, Leader of Hamas
Hamas talk in rockets. Over 8000 fired into Israel over the last eight years, 5000 since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. This desperate and serious situation of the Gaza once again becoming a war zone was provoked by Hamas, despite the impression presented by the media.
Israel, it’s inhabitants and the Palestinian people need to co-exist in harmony. The people of Gaza and Israel just want peaceful lives, to have access to the services the rest of the developed world enjoys and to live in a secure and economically viable environment.
In my opinion that situation will never occur whilst Hamas remain at the helm. It’s worth reminding ourselves that Hamas is financed by Iran and the recent statement made by Ahmadinejad
“ Anybody who recognises Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.”
Today, the democratic right of Israel to defend itself and its people against rocket attack is being heard. However, when taking on Hamas and its supporters Israel is fighting to protect us all against the extremist and radical views which would threaten all of any faith other than extreme Islamist.
“….We are part of Allah’s promise that Islam will enter Palestine and every home in the world, with a revelation of the power of Allah the Omnipotent, and a revelation of the inferiority of the infidels. Hamas is leading this plan in Gaza, the West Bank and the 1948 territories, and the Muslim brotherhood is leading it everywhere else. This is part of Allah’s predestination….” Dr Mahmoud al-Zahar Leader of Hamas