February 29, 2008


Israeli minister warns of Palestinian 'holocaust' (guardian.co.uk, February 29 2008)

An Israeli minister today warned of increasingly bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinians could bring on themselves what he called a "holocaust".

"The more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," Matan Vilnai, Israel's deputy defence minister, told army radio.

Shoah is the Hebrew word normally reserved to refer to the Jewish Holocaust. It is rarely used in Israel outside discussions of the Nazi extermination of Jews during the second world war, and many Israelis are loath to countenance its use to describe other events.

The minister's statement came after two days of tit-for-tat missile raids between Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army. At least 32 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed since the surge in violence on Wednesday.

...is an awfully high price to pay to deny people self-determination. Israel has really squandered the opportunity that the election of Hamas afforded.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 29, 2008 6:55 AM

The Palestinians have squandered every opportunity given to them. They have created a Hitler Youth out of their children and don't seem to be able to pull back from the call for blood. It takes two to tango and the Palestinians have shown no inclination to dance.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 29, 2008 9:29 AM

Indeed, Mikey. There's no reason to support "self-determination" for anyone who thinks it involves killing their neighbors and taking their land.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 29, 2008 1:05 PM

That's what King George argued.

Posted by: oj at February 29, 2008 8:21 PM

They pulled back and were embargoed for it. That's an act of war.

Posted by: oj at February 29, 2008 8:23 PM