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Novel way of campaigning

During Israel’s electoral campaign, Labor Knesset candidate and former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon has outlined his plan to bring peace to the region:

“I killed many Arabs, probably more than Hamas fighters killed Jews, and more than anybody else, but all in order to secure Israeli lives.” 

His comments have been criticised within Israel, and rightly so. But then, does the Israeli public want politicians who kill any number of “terrorists” in the name of “peace”?

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  • Chris

    I would assume that the Israeli public want politicians who have killed any number of terrorists involed in the murder and involved in planning the murder of israeli citizens.

    I would assume that the Israeli public want politicians who are not concerned with the petty criticism involved by some trying to micromanage the war on terror.

    I would assume that the Israeli public want politicians who are more concerned with the welfare of the citizens of Israel then they are concerned with the welfare of the supporters of Hamas.

  • Addamo

    None of this has anything to do with peace though does it?

  • Chris

    Certainly it does. Peace on terms acceptable to Israelis. Isn't that why a democratic society would elect those to represent them?

    Why should the Israelis allow the majority of Palestinians to pick Israel's leaders? They certainly haven't demonstrated any skills in that department for their own welfare or peace.

  • Addamo

    "Peace on terms acceptable to Israelis"

    Sounds like something you would have heard in WWII Germany. On the contrary, this implies subjugation forced policies of one party at the whims of the other. While this may create temporary security, it will never lead to peace.

    "Why should the Israelis allow the majority of Palestinians to pick Israel’s leaders?"

    They shouldn't, but then again, Israel whoudl not enforce their will either. Israel elected a war criminal to represent them and the Palestinians ccepted it, did they not?

  • Chris

    As there have been no convictions, it appears the allegations of having war criminals in office remain allegations.

    What the palestinians do or do not accept is not really a concern for the typical Israeli citizen, now is it?

    Whatever you believe it implies is also not a concern of the average Israeli citizen.

  • Addamo

    Allegations? Didn't Israel argue that Sharon should not face charges because he wa a head of state? And didn't a IDF former general recently cancel a trip to the UK because of fears of being nabbed?

    You continue to hide behind legal smokescreens rather than admitting to something that is plainly obvious.

    After all, no Hamas leader has been convicted of any crimes, so should we assume that critisism of Hamas for the alleged violence they have perpatrated, is completet heresay?

    You can't have it botjh way s Chris.

    "Whatever you believe it implies is also not a concern of the average Israeli citizen."

    What on earth is this suposed to mean Chris? You keep comming up with these corkers every time you are at a loose end argumentatively. Of course it matters not what I think.

    Do you for one second thik it matters what you think?

  • captain

    Nice decontextualisation of what he actually said:

    "I will be willing to negotiate with Hamas”, he told the Sunday Times, “If they accept a two state solution, i will be willing to talk to them”.

    He added that he believes that the State of Israel should establish what he described as an “axis of pragmatism” with neighboring and regional countries, such as Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey.

    You have managed to deliberately misquote to change the complete context. Too much time salivating over Fiskie?

  • captain

    and

    He added that 70 percent of Palestinians who voted for Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative elections were not “Hamas believers” but residents who voted against corruption in the Palestinian Authority.

    Does his moderate view not suit you Ant? Are you merely trying to make more Jews sound radical?

  • Addamo

    Getting desperate Captain,

    Who needs to make jews sound radical Captain, when you are dong such a splendid job all on your own. Sounds like you a losing yout grip on reality.

  • Chris

    Nabbed or falsely arrested? Depends on your point of view, rather than the actual facts.

    What is plainly obvious is the Israelis puts their trust in the individual people who have shown the ability to defend them.

    As Hamas has been determined to be a terrorist organization, they have a different agency which has proven them to be terrorists so their crimes are not alleged but proven. Were those crimes not proven, they would not be listed as a terrorist organization.

    Seems I have it the way it's supposed to be, and you do not.

  • Addamo

    Chris,

    Are you telling me you have "facts" that prove the IDF general had nothing to fear by going to the UK? Please do not hesistat to provide links to this. This has noting to do with points of view. Just the law.

    The crimes of this man were proven. They did exist.

    Yes I agree that Isrealis puts their trust in the individual people who they are led to believe, will defend them. That is not the same thing as someone who will give them peace.

    Hamas were elected for the same reason. Palestinains had lsot faith in Abbas and fatah and puin their faith in someone who they believe will deliver results wihtu being corrupted. To Paelsitinians, Israel is a terrorist state and a recent UN report has actually confirmed that.

    U.N. Report: Jews are Terrorists, Not Palestinians http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/3/8/91958

    After all, it is Isral that is talking of killing Hamas leaders, not the other way around. http://www.aljazeerah.info/News archives/2006 News Archives/March/12n/Israeli Government Threatens to Eliminate Haniya, Hamas Describes it as continuation of Israeli Mentality of Aggression.htm

    Yo are welcome to your juevnile statemtns that you can have your cake and it too, but that changes nothing.

  • The majority of Israelis and the majority of Palestinians have both clearly stated in recent polls (since the Hamas victory) that they want an end to all conflict, even if it means living under a truce for a decade or two.

    Maybe the leaders on both sides have been around far too long waiting for their time in the sun, packed full of vivid memories of fights fought and and lost or almost won and friends and loved ones killed and maimed.

    Could 18 year olds really make it any worse than it already is? At least they wouldn't have decades of emotional baggage fogging up their rational minds.

    The people want peace, and yet the killing goes on, and on, and on, and on….strike, retaliate, strike, retaliate.

    Kind of like here on this board!

  • Chris

    leave your petty insults at home.

    I am telling you what I wrote. Read what I wrote.

    The 'crimes' remain allegations, nothing has been proven except as an opinion. As for Hamas, they acknowledge and brag about their crimes.

  • Addamo

    "As for Hamas, they acknowledge and brag about their crimes."

    ….but when they claim they want a truce with israel, you and Captain jump up and down shriekign that they can't be trusted and that they are lying.

    So which is it? Are they lying or are they not? are thery lying when it suits you and are they telling the truth when it suits you?

    BTW. bragging abtou a crime is not proof, it's part of the allegation.

  • Chris

    But their own unaltered charter and additional statements show those particular offers to be worthless.

    Hamas lies when it suits them. Just as you occasional tell the truth, rather than making things up and stating they are facts because you vaguely remember reading something somewhere at sometime, doesn't mean that any us of are now free to take you at your word.

  • Addamo

    And visa versa. You often make statements that you claim to be conventional widom, when in fact the only people who accept such statements at face value are you and the "real people" you one talked about.

    as for Hama, if all statements are worthless, then surely their charter is no more truthful either. Who's to say their charter is not a lie?

  • Chris

    Why did you make the blanket statement that all of Hamas's statements are worthless? Is this something you just made up?

    No wonder you express some distaste for "real people", seems that "fake people" are more to your taste.

  • Addamo

    I posed it as a question Chris, by applying your special brand of logic.

    So now that you have mention real and fake people, can you please provide a definition. You never provided me with what makes a real person and why real peopel admire Israel and do not admire Plestininans.

  • Chris

    Didn't seem that you did. It appears that you just made something up, as is your pattern.

  • Addamo

    Your pattern of starting sentences with "It appears" is known to all on this list as signifying that you are about to make a false statement, while leaving yourself enough wiggle room to pretend you are guessing.

    A great way to make flase statements and unsubstatiated claims.

  • Chris

    Yes, there is no reason to make things up as is your proven pattern.

  • Addamo

    As opposed to you, who hears voices from real and fake people.

  • Chris

    You are the one who constantly makes reference to fake people, as if they are your imaginary friends. Perhaps they believe you when you make your excuses.

  • Addamo

    On the contrary, it was you my good friend who stated that "real peope admire Israel" and that "real peopel do not admire Palestinians". So not only are you suffering from halucinations about seeing real people, you are also imagining polls that don't exist, and appear to be losing your memory to boot.

    Very worrying Chris. Doesn't look at all healthy.

  • Chris

    You are the one making reference to fake people, whatever that means.