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Why the Middle East bloodshed is Hamas' fault

Just saw the below vid, in which this fellow blames Hamas for Gaza's civilian casualties, for inciting the conflict. I am wondering what substantive arguments the opposing view can offer.
Unfortunately, the comments offer only vitriol, no reason. Hoping I'll find it here on good ol' DP - Thanks,


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Take a listen to this:


Sheldon Richman, vice president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the proper historical context to view Israel’s war on Gaza and why the media ignores the Hamas ceasefire proposal.

Me: Dr. Hamid said nothing substantive about the situation in Israel/Palestine. He just said it was Hamas' fault. If you want to trust those words, then go right on ahead brother/sister.

Love thy enemy.

Still no proof on the killing of the Israeli teens

No real evidence.

Yet based on conjecture Israel began shelling Gaza. Hamas responded with rocket attacks.

If the rocket attacks came first, then it would be Hamas's fault.

But they didn't. Israel attacked Gaza first.

There's no way around that.

Have to blame Israel, specifically Netanyahu.


He is correct that the Arabs living in Israel are not suffering the way the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza are suffering. They have jobs, they have careers, they have a high degree of security, they can vote...but only if they keep their mouths shut.

Israel is very sensitive to the ethnic makeup of their society. They are VERY concerned about the Arabs in their midst and there have been many calls in the Knesset to have them expelled.

The reason the Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank are suffering is because they are effectively occupied by a hostile power that prevents travel, holding regular jobs, trading outside their area, etc. This is especially true of Gaza where there has been a blockade for 7 years.

The speaker says that all would be good if Hamas would just accept Israel. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank did exactly that...and the West Bank has been diced up by illegal Israeli 'settlements' so badly that it can no longer be made into a viable Palestinian state. Travel is interrupted every few miles by military checkpoints, the abuses at which are well documented.

Hamas knows that by defying Israel, Palestinians might lose everything. But by looking at what has happened on the West Bank, they must know that if they submit, they will certainly lose everything.

So the speaker's recommendations have been tried and they don't work.

Sun Tzu

Divide and Conquer.

It's a matter of perspective.

It's a matter of perspective. This guy says Hamas can end the slaughter of the Palestinians by accepting the state of Israel. Sounds reasonable, but is it truly?

Here's another perspective.


I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Maybe DP already indirectly answered this

Found this like 10 secs after posting...