It really bothers me when I go through these forums and all I hear about is Israel wants this and Israel wants that; the fact of the matter is, Israel is and always has been divided as to how to interact with the Palestinians. Everyone blames Sharon (or whoever is the current PM when it is time to complain), or the IDF, but no one actually takes into consideration the opinions and desires of the actual Israeli populace. Israelis certainly did not create Hamas, though perhaps particular foreign policies contributed to its ascension. It is time for people to stop viewing countries as single entities and recognize the complexities involved in all this. It's easy to make blanket statements about entire peoples, but in reality things are more complicated. Unfortunately, it is much easier to read (disputed) news, do no checks on authenticity or veracity, then yell at all of Israel for toying with Palestinian lives or call all Palestinians terrorists who don't want peace simply for voting for municipal leaders who are associated with terrorism. Israel is not a person, cruel, just or otherwise, nor is Palestine.
Iraqi car bomb death toll rises to 25 (Reuters)
from the article: Hamas leader: You can't get rid of us