A major problem in the Gaza area is deciding who fired the first shot in renewed firing of rockets and missiles. Rockets are fired from Gaza, they fall into Israel–one landed near a kindergarten over the weekend– but each side claims the other fired the first shot and they are simply retaliating. This dialogue of blame has gone on for years and it has reached a point where deciding whoever fired the first or the second shot has lost all meaning. No one will ever know the instigator because the process has simply gone on too long. The central issue at this time is not deciding who is “guilty” but focusing on ways to end any firing of missiles or rockets. There simply has to be a ban on firing anything. In all honesty, for the first time in over sixty years Palestinians finally have a government which is serious about peace, but it comes at a time when Israel does NOT have such a government. So, what to do?
We need a time of quiet and peace. In a sense such a period is simply a prelude to begin the process of peace. In all honesty, there is doubt if both sides can even agree to a moment of peace in the Middle East.