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GUEST,ifor BS: Israel Moves in. (1634* d) RE: BS: Israel Moves in. 02 Feb 09

er Lizzie,
Gaza is a surrounded strip of land.I believe it is about 40 miles long and a couple of miles wide. It is the most densely packed place in the world. It is surrounded by barbed wire and the sea.

Its borders are controlled by Israel which has total air dominance and a navy which is shameless and ruthless in pounding ,for example ,picnicers on the beach but civilian targets in general.Its only airport was destroyed a few years ago by the Israelis.

The Palestinians have a few thousand lightly armed fighters with rifles and mortars and not much else apart from those home made rockets which are like super fireworks and which mainly land on open spaces.

Are these fighters supposed to line up on some open field to be blown up?

I remember the Americans used to say that those pesky vietcong would not fight fair with their hit and run tactics ..and the americans lost in the end.

I dont think the Palestinians can beat the might of Israel backed by the USA and the UK on their own but it is also clear that Israel simply can't pulverise the Palestinians into submission.The Palestinians under the Israeli solution either die slowly ..or they die quickly.

The Israelis for all their superiority were also unable to free Shalit presumably because they were unwilling to venture on foot deep into the heart of Gaza...That man has suffered enough! The Palestinians say they will release him after the illegal blockade is lifted and Palestinian prisoners are released simultaneously. There surely is the basis for a ceasefire or truce but it is Israeli intransigence in the pursuit of victory which is the obstacle to progress.

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