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Old 01-19-2009, 07:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The BBC's Christian Fraser travelled to Jabaliya on the northern edge of Gaza City, where the Israeli tanks first crossed over the border. He says entire neighbourhoods have disappeared.

He met 67-year-old Fatma Umanim, sitting beside the remains her collapsed house, her neighbours building a makeshift shelter for her next to the rubble.

Our correspondent says an industry is growing out of the destruction in broken wood and scrap metal - Gaza's poorest salvaging whatever they can.

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Who will help Gaza rebuild? After all this outcry I hope the international community can put something together.

And this is what I mean, it's not just about body count but what's left to recover from...more and more prayers...

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And Hamas claims it as a victory. They say they only lost 48 martyrs.

If they think this is victory, I don't think they will keep a ceasefire.

Arab leaders are meeting and there is talk of them providing $2 billion (first I saw million) to rebuild Gaza.

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And Hamas claims it as a victory. They say they only lost 48 martyrs.

If they think this is victory, I don't think they will keep a ceasefire.


Unfortunately, I tend to agree. I believe they only accepted a one-week ceasefire anyway.
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And Hamas claims it as a victory. They say they only lost 48 martyrs.

If they think this is victory, I don't think they will keep a ceasefire.

Arab leaders are meeting and there is talk of them providing $2 billion (first I saw million) to rebuild Gaza.
I think Hamas, is to put it bluntly, lying. I think they easily lost more than 48 people. I think if you ask any Palestinian family, any Gazan, they will not count this as a victory. Hamas may view it as a victory because they've gone from a Pariah in the Middle East... with very little popular support... to a lot of support because of all of the deaths of civillians.

But IMHO, the only way this somehow becomes a victory is if it leads to peace for all. Then everybody can count it as a victory.

Personally, I think it's a tragedy for both sides. The Palestinian have lost at least 1400 people... and their city is basically destroyed. The Israelis have sown a lot more hatred in the Arab world. They both have lost.

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They both have lost.
Exactly!

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Personally, I think it's a tragedy for both sides. The Palestinian have lost at least 1400 people... and their city is basically destroyed. The Israelis have sown a lot more hatred in the Arab world. They both have lost.
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And add to this that now the world's attention is caught by the inauguration...hopefully this tragedy won't be lost in the fanfare of a new president.
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Unfortunately, I tend to agree. I believe they only accepted a one-week ceasefire anyway.
didn't both sides declare their own unilateral cease fires?
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Israel announced a ceasefire that is supposed to be dependent on the other side not firing. Hamas announced a ceasefire, but only for one week.
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Hamas announced they would start firing again if there were still soldiers in Gaza after one week. And they want thr border crossing opened..... I hope something can be settled to give more time for a long term solution.

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