^^^ looks like Smiley has made his way over from sb.com.
Vlaze, you’re espousing the same mistruths AIPAC routinely peddle out every time things go pear-shaped in the Middle East.
Hamas stated 3 years ago they that they would be prepared to enter consider a permanent peace with Israel if various conditions were met (namely, Israel withdraws to the 1948-9 borders, ceases illegal annexation of Palestinian land, withdraws all their forces from Palestinian territory; plus a couple others I forget). of course, this statement was largely ignored in Israel and was completely buried by the American media.
as others have already alluded to, Hamas has agreed to ceasefires before. they broke some, respected others. they even had discussions with Jimmy Carter last year about a more lasting resolution. if anything, it shows that Hamas can be coerced if meaningful dialogue is pursued.
so now several human rights / humanitarian organisations have all highlighted the desperate situation in Gaza and some suggest the death toll could amount to genocide. I think it’s incredible how quickly global support mobilised for intervention in Kosovo after around 2,000 people were killed (and the majority of those were not murdered by the Serbs) over a period of several months, and yet, here we have over 500 killed and almost 4,000 wounded in the space of 2 weeks... but still the world continues to dither. and why do the IDF indisriminately bomb whole areas when their weaponry is so high-tech they could put a missile up the ass of a camel from hundreds of miles away with pinpoint accuracy? why is the bombing not more refined?
to suggest that this is all entirely the fault of the Palestinians is ludicrous. the Palestinians have very real grievances based upon their experiences with the IDF on a daily basis – where they are subjected to constant bullying and intimidation; are forcibly removed from their homes which are illegally bulldozed to make way for Israeli expansion; denied passage through checkpoints regardless of possessing the correct papers and having a legitimate reason for their journey. they have to endure fighter-jets performing sonic booms at near-ground level late at night; are denied access to emergency services, ambulances deliberately held up at checkpoints, utility supplies randomly cut off for any length of time on the whims of the IDF, etc.
the list is endless, and while some issues are relatively minor, so long as the IDF continues to get a free pass in persisting with this behaviour, more resentment towards them shall breed, and another generation of terrorists / suicide bombers is born.
by the way, are you aware that Mossad created Hamas..? such was Israeli ineffectiveness against the PLO and Fatah, Yitzhak Shamir and his government thought it would a great idea to weaken support for the main Palestinian groups, and divide Palestinian opinion by creating a right-wing organisation to act as counter-balance, while hoping the new group’s strong emphasis on Islam would persuade Palestinians to spend more time praying, less time hating Israel. they clearly didn’t think it through properly, huh?