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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

can some one please spare a cease fire?

I have learned a lot in the last week. One of the most important things I learned came from my dear friends who live down in Gaza and are having some issues resolved the old fashioned way.

The truth is that we always used to get angry at the Palestinians when they would start firring all sorts of things at us about 10 minutes after they declared a cease fire (or Hudnah, or Tahadiyah or any of the other great names they have for it). We always thought it had to do with them not respecting the cease fire and just doing everything they can to kill us. What we figured out this week, with the fighting going on in Gaza, is that it has nothing to do with Israel. What it really is an unfortunate misunderstanding of how they perceive the term "cease fire." While us "Westerners" see a cease fire as a stopping of fighting, meaning not shooting at each other ETC. they see the Concept as something else.

The Fatah and Hamas signed a cease fire (or Hudnah) this weekend - a cease fire that as we saw it didn't last the night, since we figured that after a bunch of people are killed after the time the cease fire is signed that would mean that the cease fire doesn't work. But it seems that the cease fire is working just fine in Gaza. So what if 5 people were killed today in clashes between the 2 parties - that's no reason to end the cease fire.

Understanding this concept gives me a much better understanding how some one like Haniyeh can offer the Following:
Haniyeh also reiterated a call for a long-term truce with Israel and formation of a temporary Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state. He said the truce could last as long as 20 years, after an independent Palestinian state is established in territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. (source)

A 20 year Truce?? ya sounds like a great deal.

Happy Chanukkah,


At 2:56 PM, Blogger Joe Settler said...

20 years, 20 minutes. All the same.

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Joe Settler said...

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At 12:29 AM, Blogger Joe Settler said...

It's an issue of semantics and proper translation actually...

Coffee Break - Stopping what you are doing to drink coffee

Lunch Break - Stopping what you are doing to eat Lunch

Smoking Break - Stopping what you are doing to smoke a cigarette

Shooting Break - Stopping what you are doing to shoot more Israelis.

(Modified somewhat from the Hebrew version I got from Treppenwitz)


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