Why is the world criticizing Israel for defending itself?

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Defense against what? Who belongs where? Who decides the moral code? Every person or country has the right to defend their rights. The question is how do you decide what is your right and what is invading someone else's right (in the name of protecting your interests).

Conflict on a large scale and for such a long time happens when only when both parties believe they are in the right. Both parties have enough people to support their causes (internally or externally). Of course by external support I mean countries other than the two in question.

I don't think conflicts as old as these will be ever be solved by citing proof or action. Even if there is a consensus that "A" is at fault, "B" will have enough proof to sight instances where "A" was wrong. Such things can only be resolved by moving on and trying to forget the past. Since forgetting the past would mean disrespect to the people who sacrificed their lives to the cause - it is not forgotten.

Sorry for oversimplifying, but I don't think there is any end to this (I come from India and we keep fighting with our neighbors for various reasons). In the old days, the more powerful country would go and capture the other to finish the argument. You can't do that in the modern world (at least not for too long).


  1. Tanmoy - let me give my simple explanation. The main reason the conflict in Palestine has perpetuated over time is because of a regressive ideology represented by Islamic Fundamentalism. It places more emphasis on getting one's 72 virgins in afterlife by becoming a martyr than nurturing life in present times. People who value life make efforts to nurture it and build something worthwhile of it. By this act, successive generations leave a better place for the coming generation.

    But when it comes to Arabs and likes of Hamas, all they understand and nurture is violence which drives its ideology from fundamentalist Islam. Every two-bit Arab leader talks about war and wiping Israel out of the face of Earth - when was the last time anyone spoke about development and schools and hospitals etc? Now, Israelis are no babe in the woods and have enough yahoos among them but they have built a prosperous nation which offers opportunity for its citizens to grow in life. What have the Arabs given to their generation? Blood-shed and death. And all in the name of Islam. Those Arabs from various Middle East countries who shout about Muslims in Palestine need to be asked - why did you not assimilate these people? Palestinians have been used and abused by very people who claim to represent them.

    Now, let me ask this - What was the need for Hamas to start firing rockets into Israel knowing fully well that it will retaliate? And brunt of all this damage will be borne by the local fellow on the ground? Local Palestinian is condemned for as long as this virus of fundamental Islam is not weeded out...otherwise, there is not going to be any solution.

  2. Appreciate you taking time to comment here. I can't or rather don't want to comment on the particular root cause you have identified but I would say this - a fair representation of people is a rarity even in the modern world. Yes I agree the leaders use sensationalism to incite and control. I have my own private views on who is in the right. My post though was to highlight on whether it is possible to end this and move on. The answer sadly is negative. This is will keep happening as long as we live, even if Israel goes and captures large parts of Palestine land. Also I would like to refer 2 things here - 1) % composition of Jew and Palestine land in the last 50-60 years. You will see a pattern. 2) LOT of history behind this land and its people. I found this amazingly informative from Quora - http://b.qr.ae/TzLPNN

  3. Solution may seem to be simple but that is the only solution for any conflict. Unification of Italy and Germany after downfall of Napolean and breaking of Berlin wall few years back are few examples. In the present context basic reason for such conflicts are more due to International and religious reasons rather than other issue of creation of Israel.
    A very good topic for discussion and comments.