Israeli Strikes in Gaza Leave over 100 Dead

March 03, 2008 03:29 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The pullout of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip Monday coincides with Condoleezza Rice's arrival in the region to promote peace talks.

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The incursion ended with neither side offering any suggestion that its recent policies may change soon. Al-Jazeera reported that Hamas fighters claimed the Israeli withdrawal signaled a "victory" for the Palestinians.

Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said strikes against Palestinian forces will likely continue. "We are in the midst of a combat action. What happened in recent days was not a one-time event,” he told a parliamentary panel.

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, suspended all contact with Israel Sunday in response to the recent military attacks.

According to The New York Times, the spike in violence is another obstacle in the way of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who left for Israel Monday on a two-day visit to promote President Bush’s agenda for peace,

Aaron David Miller, who served as Middle East negotiator for the last three presidents, said the situation is beyond the capacity of even the most accomplished secretaries of state. “This is rooted in a fundamental problem that we haven’t acknowledged: Israel cannot make peace with a divided Palestine,” he said.

Gershom Gorenberg writes in newsmagazine The American Prospect that the best way out of the current crisis “lies in reuniting the West Bank and Gaza under a Palestinian unity government,” and suggests specific measures to achieve this outcome.

Yet Jerusalem Post writer David Harris speaks out against what he believes is the overly simplistic way the issue is being covered by the media: “Israel is facing daily violence from Gaza and yet the way some governments and media outlets view it, you'd think it was nothing more than an avoidable neighborly conflict.”

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