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Israel retaliates against Hamas

Israel retaliated against [the recent rocket fire by] the Palestinian organization Hamas with air attacks in the Gaza area. Hamas and various Arab nations refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

For those of you who know little or nothing of Hamas, here is a brief (perhaps oversimplistic) excerpt taken from an article in The New York Times outlining the organization:

“Hamas is one of the two main Palestinian political groups. Since June 2007 it has been in de facto control of the Gaza Strip, after seizing power from the Fatah party in a series of bloody clashes.

Hamas derives its name from an acronym for the Arabic words ‘Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya,’ which translates into English as the Islamic Resistance Movement. It was founded in 1987 during the first Palestinian uprising with its roots in Muslim Brotherhood politics in Gaza and became more active in the second Palestinian uprising which started in 2000.

The groups’ 9,000-word charter, written in 1988, includes a description of the struggle for Palestine as a religious obligation, saying the land is an endowment that cannot be abandoned.

It recognizes the fact of Israel but refuses to recognize its right to exist, and has been responsible for many of the deadliest suicide attacks in Israel.”

As a tiny nation in the Middle East surrounded by hostile influences, Israel is forced to fight for its survival daily against the hatred of most of its Arab neighbors. Religious differences, prejudices and hatred stemming from ancient times along with ongoing contemporary political and geographical volatility make any attempt of negotiations, peaceful coexistence and any form of truce virtually impossible.

It appears that these issues and conflict will continue to make the Mid-East region an area of unrest and military actions for many more generations.

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