Israel Gaza Attack Would Ruin Peace Claims Palestinians

Palestinian authorities told the Jersualem Post that any massive attacks by israeli forces on Gaza would seriously damage any efforts to attain peace. They warned such actions would compel the Palestinian Authority to call off scheduled talks with Israel as a follow up to the Annapolis Conference. Meanwhile, Kadoura Fares, a top Fatah operative in the West Bank, confirmed his faction would fight alongside Hamas forces to resist Israel troops. “Fath will fight alongside all the palestinian groups against the Israel army when it invades the Gaza Strip. In such a case, Hamas won’t be left alone in the confrontation with Israel.”

Palestinian authorities have informed the United States they would not be able to sit at a negotiating table if Israel troops are fighting in Gaza. The path to peace is strewn with potholes and detours as was encountered by those who resolved the Irish conflict or for white Europeans who negotiated with Nelson Mandela. As one Palestinian official noted, “In the post Annapolis era, we are supposed to talk about ways of making peace, instead, here we are talking about preparations for the next war.” The announcement by the Olmert government of further construction of housing in the West Bank is another example of confusion in the Israel government regarding how it intends to confront peace negotiations. Expanding West Bank settlements or pondering invasions of the Gaza Strip are hardly messages of peace and friendship to one’s opponents.

  • mendy

    the arm smuggling that has been going on since israel left gaza is hardly a way to make peace either and a full scale operation in gaza would serve to stop daily rocket attacks falling on civilians also no very friendly…….as of peace negotiations each side is suppose to take his responsibilities….and fatah didnt take theirs for years and lost against hamas in gaza now they better strengthen their position and forget about israel operations in gaza otherwise they will be negotiating again from tunis after hamas take over the west bank.
    o just for your information the israeli military on on order from the government has taken away self defense weapons from settlers and i dunno what backs your claim of ”expansion” in the settlements. if you are speaking of jerusalem let me just clarify: jerusalem was,his,an will forever be the capital of the jews and the state of israel with or without mosques,with or without arab..
    this ain’t settlement terrritory….its the capital!

  • Fred Stopsky

    The issue that is unclear is the meaning of “expansion of settlements.” There apparently are two definitions of the expression. One believes construction of new buildings within existing settlements constitutes “expansion.” The other believes it only refers to “taking additional land.” I used the first definition so my statement is accurate, construction of new buildings would constitute “expansion.” Emotionalism makes some people believe they are actually doing something. I would like Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and also would like East Jerusalem to be the capital of a new Palestinian state. As a Jew I find it horrific that a Jew could condemn the right of other people to build religious buildings in which to pray. Have you ever studied the history of the Jewish people?