The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has entered the Gaza strip following Gilad Shalit’s sunday kidnapping. Israel is holding Hamas, which was democratically voted into office by the Palestinians, responsible for the kidnapping and has therefore entered Gaza, knocked down two bridges in order to lower the amount of area that Shalit’s captors can travel, cut out most power in Gaza using airstrikes, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States has said that Israel is still hoping to return Shalit.
This was just waiting to happen. After Israel withdrew from the Gaza strip in September, the Palestinians did vote in Hamas. At that point, I was actually willing to give them a chance – and I’m Israeli – although most Israelis would probably disagree. At this point it’s clear that Hamas is unfit as a government and must be abolished. The best time, in my opinion, between Israel and “Palestine” was when Arafat had just died, Ariel Sharon wasn’t a vegetable, and the leader of the PA was Mahmoud Abbas.
Kadima, the party the Sharon founded, was based on the idea of sharing. Kindergarten is where we learned this, children. The Gaza strip should have been given to the Palestinians, and the rest of Israel (save the West Bank) should belong to the Israelis. In my opinion, this would have all been easier if the Palestinians hadn’t rejected the original United Nations plan to split Israel basically in two. Click here for the map; goldenrod indicates Arab territory, green indicates Israeli territory. The cream color indicates what I think is the best idea, due to its value to many cultures and religions: an international city of Jerusalem. At this point, though, it would be impossible to move the Israelis and Palestinians from their homes and into these different territories. This is why we should give the West Bank to the Palestinians on the condition that Hamas is removed from the PA.
My prayers are with Gilad Shalit and his family. May he return home safe.