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Israel and Palestine: Who is The Victim and Who Is the Aggressor?

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The "victim's" military routinely drives tanks and bulldozers into the "aggressor's" land, purposefully making deep, destructive ruts in fertile land. 

The "victim" has imprisoned 4,700 of the "aggressors" as prisoners, including 300 minors under the age of 18. Most have no charges filed against them. The "aggressor" has no "victims" as prisoners.

While the "victim" repeatedly cites "aggressor" statements that it doesn't recognize the "victim's" state, for the past 60 years the "victim's'" senior governmental leaders have stated unequivocally that they want the "aggressors" eliminated. 

In a 1956 Knesset speech, the "victim's" Prime Minister David Ben Gurion said: "If I believed in miracles, I would pray that Gaza would be washed down into the sea." 

The "victim's" Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said in 1993: "If only it [Gaza] would just sink into the Sea." In the victim's slang, "go to Gaza" means "go to hell."

The "victim's" Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai stated: "We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure, including roads and water."

The "victim's" transport minister and member of Netanyahu's Likud party, on 11 November 2012 said: "We must detach from Gaza in a civilian manner -- electricity, water, food, and fuel -- and transition into a policy of deterrence, just like in Southern Lebanon."

Avi Dichter, the "victim's" Minister of Home Front Defense said: "There is no other choice, Israel must carry out a formatting action in Gaza, actually format the system and clean it out, the way we did in Judea and Samaria during Operation Defensive Shield."

A member of the "victim's" parliament, the Knesset, Michael Ben-Ari says, "Brothers! Beloved soldiers and  commanders -- preserve your lives! Don't give a hoot about Goldstone! There are no innocents in Gaza, don't let any diplomats who want to look good in the world endanger your lives[;] at any tiniest concern for your lives -- Mow them!"

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of the "victim's" former Chief Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has said: "The army has got to learn from the Syrians how to slaughter and crush the enemy."

Gilad Sharon, the son of the "victim's" former prime minister Ariel Sharon, in the Jerusalem Post: "The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren't hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences." We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn't stop with Hiroshima -- the Japanese weren't surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too." (for references see here.) 

The "aggressor" government is cited for refusing to accept the "victim's" three conditions for talks: that it recognize the "victim," renounce violence, and agree to accept all agreements previously accepted.

Yet, the "victim" and its main ally, the United States, have refused to recognize an independent state for the "aggressors" with the victim and Washington most recently voting against UN non-member state status for the "aggressor."

Neither the "victim" nor its ally the United States has renounced violence, and nonviolent protests by the "aggressor" against the "victim's" occupation have been brutally repressed by the "victim." When the World Court found the "victim's" construction of the apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank of the "aggressor" to be in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the "victim" refused to remove it and the United States supported its refusal. 

The "victim" signed the Oslo Accords which state that "The two sides view the aggressor's West Bank and the Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit, whose integrity will be preserved during the interim period," and yet has pursued a violent policy of separating Gaza from the West Bank.

The "aggressor's" government has indicated on numerous occasions that it was willing to accept an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, along with a truce.

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Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 (more...)
 

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