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IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) has made an interesting comparison of American versus European statements about Hamas. Compare and contrast:

“1….The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields.” EU Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process Summary: 22 July 2014, Brussels – Council of the European Union Foreign Affairs “The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.” That’s right: The European Union insists that “All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm”. Period. But President “we have Israel’s back” Obama see disarming of the terrorists as something that will happen “ultimately” and within the context of a “lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict .” Put in plain English: if those damn Israelis don’t sit down and sign a final status agreement with the Palestinians then as far as President Obama is concerned Hamas can keep its entire armory intact. Take note also that while the EU condemns Hamas for its role in causing Palestinian civilians deaths Mr. Obama is silent on the matter.

Before you claim that America supports Israel financially, I’d like to remind you that you’re wrong. The so-called aid is just a way for the USA to prop up its military industries and dispose of all sorts of surplus supplies. American aid isn’t money. It’s shop in the USA gift certificates. That is good for the ailing American economy, but it’s awful for Israel. It means that instead of being more self-sufficient there are products we don’t produce, which we are capable of producing. And when, which happens frequently, Israeli engineers suggest improvements on the military products, it’s the United States, and not Israel that benefits from those improved items.

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Another important fact to note is that the Israeli public is overwhelmingly in favor of finally destroying the Hamas terrorist capabilities. The army’s morale is high, and the public is sick and tired of these ceasefires that just give the terrorists an opportunity to rearm and improve their position. Once and for all, Israelis want a change in basic policy and refuse to be pacified by fancy words and ceremonies. IMRA published a poll showing the numbers.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Poll: 87%:7% Continue operation, 69%17% Destroy Hamas
Poll: 87%:7% Continue operation, 69%17% Destroy Hamas Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA 27 July 2014

Poll commissioned by Channel 10 news carried out by the Sarid Institute and reported today:

Do you support continuing the operation or a complete ceasefire? Continue 87% Ceasefire 7% Don’t know 6%

Should the operation in the Gaza Strip conclude with bringing down the Hamas
regime?
Yes 69% No 17% Don’t know 14%

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Batya Medad blogs at Shiloh Musings.
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