At Wednesday´s funeral for Steinberg, huge crowds gathered at the military cemetery at Mounty Herzi in Jerusalem, to pay their last respects. Steinbery, who grew up in Southern California´s San Fernando Valley, was one of thousands of so-called lone soldiers who have left behind their lives in other nations to fight for the Israel defense Force.
Twenty-nine Israeli soldiers have been reported killed in fighting with Hamas and other Palestinian militant faction. The United States and Israel consider Hamas a terrorist group, and U. S. officials are barred from direct meetings or negotiations with the militants. In the last two weeks alone 2000 rockets has been fired by Hamas in Israeli cities and town. Hamas terroirsts commit a double war crime to civilians.
Israel will not allow the hamas to terrorize and threaten millions of civilians, no other country in the world would allow it ether. We should support Israel publically in fighting repeated terrorism.
Despite a diplomatic push by Kerry and other world leaders, including United Nations there was no trace of progress Tuesday toward reviving and Egyptian truce proposal rejected by Hamas and Israel agreed the case-fire. Its not clear that Israel is ready to halt the offensive.
In the run-up to the failed Camp David summit in 2000, both Palestinians and Israelis were preparing for potential clashes in case the tolks failed. The situation today is considerably different. In particular, the Palestinian leadership and Hamas and smaller organizations alike inflame the crisis rather than seeking to calm it, each for its own reasons. In Gaza, Hamas finds itself in dire straits, particularly since the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in neighboring Egypt.
Moreover, much has changed in Israel´s surroundings. Netanjahu has stressed often in the past that he does not want Israel to become a binational state implying that he favors some kind of accommodation with and separation form the Palestinians. But on last friday (here) he made it explicit that this could not extend to full Palestinian sovereignty. Way?
Because, given the march of Islamic extremism across the Middle East, he said, Israel simply cannot afford to give up control over the territory immediately to its east, including the eastern border-that is, the border between Israel and Jordan, and the West Bank and Jordan: To the north, the Lebanese Hezbollah is now heavily engaged in the civil war in Syria, particularly among Sunni radicals in Syria or Palestinian groups in Lebanon, may seek to draw Israel into a confrontation. US security advisors have already seen first signs of such attempts in December 2013. Moreover, juhadists may also attempt to operate form the West Bank, where networks of juhadists have recently been uncovered.
Netanyahu also addressed the rise of Islamic extremism across the Middle East –
He said Israel finds itself in a region that is being seized by Islamic extremism. It is bringing down countries, many countries. It is knocking on our door, in the north and south.
But while other states were collapsing, said Netanyahu, Israel was not – because of the strength of its leadership, its arm and its people. We will defend ourselves on every front, defensively and offensively
Today both,U.S secretary of state Kerry and the new UK Foreign Secretary Phlip Hammond, are meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority.
The current visit in pursuing of Gaza cease-fire between the parties offer a glimmer of hope.
Failure of the talks carries a real risk with high impact of full blown violence between the Israelis and Palestinians, which could spiral into a wider campaign against Israel form unstable regions, “given the march of Islamic extremism across the Middle East”.
A breakout of reginal violence of this kind would have profound and lasting consequences for future resolution of the Isreali-Palestinian conflict, which is determined last year to be a U.S President Barack Obama´s priority in the Middle East. And Secretary Kerry focus his energy on the goal of a final possibility settlement then into regional violence.
Secretary Kerry has been working tirelessly during the last nine months to resolve these issues. During last two weeks Secretary Kerry, UN and many world leaders have been working tirelessly to bring this unacceptable, intolerable, sitution to an end as soon as possible. Its worth giving the cease fire a chance to encourage peace in the region, and support Israel publically in fighting repeated terrorism.
Interestingly, as tensions in the Middle East have grown sharply China´s official comments are more low-profile and cautious. However, Chinese netizens have showed unusual passion about and interest in this distant, ongoing conflict.
To understand netizen attitudes, we first have to understan China´s position on Isreal-Palestine relations. Under Mao Zedong, China sided with Palestine and former Chinese leaders such as Deng Xiaopin had almost unconditional support for the revolutionary cause led by Yasser Arafat, who was called and old friend of the Chinese people.
The Palestinian case was a rare example of China directly interfering with the affairs of the Middle East. Aside from being an example of China´s idealist foreign policy during this period, support for Palestine also represented Beijing´s political calculation. As Palestine had widespread support from other Arab countries, China´s stance helped it win influence in the third world. Under these circumstances, China was unwilling to accept positive overtures from Israel.
Even though Israel was the firs country in the Middle East to acknowledge the founding of PRC, the two countries would not establish official diplomatic relations until 1992. During the 1980s, China began to abandon ideologically driven diplomacy as part of its reform and opening process. Chin gradually began to draw closer to Israel.
The reason is quite simple. Israel´s defense technology was attractive to china. Today, China-Israel military exchanges and economic cooperation have become two major pillars for bilateral relations. At the same time, China´s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has changed from unilateral condemnation of Israel to a neutral stance.
Though the Chinese government has tried to keep a low-profile and keep its diplomacy balanced between Israel and Palestine, China also faces threats from terrorism and extremism. Thus it cannot stay out of the conflict completely. The security of western China is closely connected with the security of the Middle East.
While its true that the U.S. and China have different methodologies through which they interact with the larger world – the U.S prefers multinational partnerships backed by american security guarantees while China favors a system of bilateral relations and the pursuit of regional hegemony in east Asia, both recognize that terrorism is a trans-border threat.
Moreover, as both countries are potential targets of terrorist organizations and both are economically tried to regions regularly destabilized by terror, it follows that the U.S and China also would have a shared interest in combatting global terrorism. However, they have yet to cooperate.
The reason for this is political (as argued in an recent article on the topic by the Diplomat 20/7/2014 “Can the US and China Cooperate on Counterterrorism?”), not strategic. On either side there are strong arguments to suggest they should, if only the political hang-ups could be overcome. “The domino effect that terrorism creates is of particular importance in two regions: the Middle East and South Asia”.
The Middle East, a region beset by economic stagnation and sectarian tension, has begat a variety of radical groups with a penchant for violence and unforgiving ideologies. These groups, using the cleavages wrought by political and economic failings, emerge alongside other criminal forces, further waken regional states, and disrupt international commerce.
Particular cases include Yeman, where al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penisula (AQAP) has used a weak state to further destabilize the country; Syria, where the civil war features Assad-allied Hezbollah fighting against, among others, the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra front and Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIS, operates withn the context of the Syrian civil war to lead successful attacks against the Iraqi state. This was, in part, the lesson learned by the U.S. after 9/11 and one currently resonating in China in the wake of a series of attacks by radical groups.
Like the Middle East, South Asia is a region where most states underperform economically and where sectarian differences often define both domestic and regional politics. Terrorist organizations have used this environment to their benefit in Sri Lanka, Bangaladesh, Nepal, and even the regions powerhouse, India. Yet, it is the Afghanistan Pakistan region where the most powerful and violent terrorist organizations operate.
Since September 11, 2011, combatting terrorism has been a core objective of U.S foreign policy. That objective led to the invasion of afghanistan, the removal of Taliban from power, and a global campaign against al -Qaeda. And it remains a priority today, with the Obama administration reaffirming the danger of terror, seeking to combat the growing influence of ISIS, and working to mitigate the influence of violent extremism throughout the Middle east and South Asia.