A Gallup survey this past week says that 63% of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, more than residents of United States and Britain. Would that change if Palestine became a state?
According to an article in Ynet News,
A survey conducted by Gallup institute ranked Israel seventh out of 124 states, based on the happiness level of residents.
According to the global wellbeing survey, published over the weekend, 63% of respondents in Israel said they were happy with their lives.
The article goes on to explain where the people in the different countries fall in their “happiness” levels. Top of the list was Denmark, with 72%. Sweden and Canada came in second with 69%, followed by Australia with 65%.
Venezuela shared the fourth spot with Finland with 64% content residents.
New Zealand and Israel were tied for seventh.
Israel placed higher than Holland and Ireland (62%), and also managed to beat out both the United States (59%) and Brazil (57%). Not bad for the little state surrounded by enemies in a constant state of alert, while also wondering where and when the next terror attack or rocket will land.
All that can change in just 4 months. In only 128 days it will be September and Palestine may very well become a state, if the UN, France, Britain, the European Union, Russia and 126 other states have their way.
The leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, claims that at least 130 countries’ support the establishment of a Palestinian state. It really is no surprise, after all, the media continually talks of the “poor and suffering Palestinians” in Gaza.
These pictures of Gaza hotels and resorts tell a different story, but then again, they have always been good at only showing the aftermath of an Israeli retaliatory strike.
Aside from the squalor and horrid conditions in which these people live, there is one little fact to consider; if Palestine is given statehood, Gaza its people and more importantly, its government will be part of it.
Currently, Hamas is the official democratically elected governing body. Food for thought since they still have the following in their Charter,
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
Why is it so hard to for people to accept the truth? The same people in Gaza that danced in the streets while passing out candy on 9/11 as they celebrated the deaths of 3000 Americans are the same people that have fired a total of 4955 Qassam rockets into Israel since 2001.
That would be just Qassam rockets; this doesn’t count mortars or other missile types. Let’s not forget the unprovoked attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians along the border and, oh yes, the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.
As of today Gilad Shalit has been in captivity 1765 days since he was kidnapped by Hamas. June 24 of this year will be 5 years that Gilad has been a hostage.
So how did the militant group Hamas win the election in January of 2006? They won 76 of the 132 parliamentary seats by among other things, getting those that would have run against them, not to.
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Aside from shooting many Fatah members, they also threw them off roof tops.
So now our current administration is giving Gaza financial aid. The NY Times reported in February 2009 that 900 million US tax payer dollars was going to Gaza, of course the administration stated,
“None of the money will go to Hamas, it will be funneled through NGOs and U.N. groups,” said an administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the aid before Mrs. Clinton announced it.
I am sure that none of the money found its way to Hamas or weapons. I am really sure that as a democratically elected party they are completely trustworthy.
But let’s get back to the problem at hand. I could write pages and pages on the Fatah party, the Palestinian Authority and their questionable track record when it comes to Israel and peace, but let’s just worry about Hamas for now.
If the world decides in September to demand that Israel return all the territory it gained in the 1967 six day war, return to the “green lines” and allow a Palestinian state, you can bet that Hamas and Gaza will go together like peanut butter and jelly.
It will not be just the West Bank, it will not be just the Fatah party, it will be the whole enchilada; West Bank, Gaza, Fatah and Hamas.
It is a big enough problem given the geographical issue. How can you have a country split down the middle with another country running through it? Or, do you split Israel down the middle?
Aside from the obvious geographical question there is the question of two governments. Hamas will never give up power. That is not opinion, but stated fact. Just under two years ago Yuval Diskin, head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) explained,
“Hamas will never give up control of Gaza, and the PA will not concede power in Judea and Samaria.”
He also told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee that there is "no chance for an effective peace process so long as Hamas rules Gaza." But what’s more is what he said about Hamas vs. Fatah in a West Bank election,
He said that Hamas might even be more popular than Fatah and that if elections were held today, “there is a good chance Hamas would win.”
So how can the world’s leaders ask Israel to just give back all the territory from the 1967 six day war, return Jerusalem and allow those responsible for thousands of Israeli deaths as well the death of citizens from other countries who were tourists take over these areas?
Has the world really reached the point where they believe so much in political correctness and apologists that they would let a terrorist group such as Hamas have their own nation along the border of those that they state in their Charter they want to “obliterate”?
Now more than ever you need to contact your representatives, call them, email them, tell them that you support Israel and will in no uncertain terms stand by and watch while the world decides their fate. Remind them that Hamas is listed by our State Department as a terrorist organization.
Lastly, the same Gallup poll that placed Israel seventh out of 124 states based on the happiness level of its residents also listed Palestine. In contrast with the level of happiness in Israel, only 14% of residents in the Palestinian Authority said they were happy with their situation.
Yeah, that’s who I would want as a neighbor, someone that is only 14% happy with their current living situation. I mean what could possibly go wrong; just look at Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria to name a few.
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