There's no ambiguity. Abused people react. Brutalized ones defend themselves aggressively. It's their right under international law.
Until long denied justice is achieved, confrontation and violence will continue. It's not unique to the region. It's the same everywhere.
Media scoundrels don't notice or care. On November 21, a New York Times editorial headlined "A New Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire," saying:
Peace won't follow without "serious" "two-state solution" discussions. Years ago it was possible. No longer. A previous article explained.
Israel controls over half the West Bank and much of East Jerusalem. More is added daily.
When completed, the apartheid wall will control over 10% of Palestine. Isolated ghettoized bantustans on worthless scrubland won't work. Under those conditions, sovereign viability is impossible.
The only solution is one state comprised of Israel and the Territories. Nothing else will work.
The Times admitted that ceasefire terms leave much to be desired. Netanyahu "left open the possibility of 'more severe military action' " based on any pretext he claims.
How longstanding Palestinian grievances will be addressed remains "unclear." In fact, they'll be ignored like always.
The Times disgracefully calls Hamas a "terrorist organization." It rejects its legitimacy. It praised Obama's role in the conflict. It ignored US complicity with Israel in initiating it.
Belligerents always plan new campaigns. Expect the worst ahead in 2013. Point fingers the right way. Washington, Israel, and key NATO partners bear full responsibility. Don't expect scoundrel media editors to explain.
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