Is there any logical explanation for Hamas storing its weapons among civilians, and launching its rockets from civilian areas, causing scores of deaths and injuries to Palestinians?
You bet there is!
It is because Gaza is pretty small, and it’s very densely populated. There is simply not enough room in Gaza to put them elsewhere.
During an interview late July 2014 with Jorge Ramos on Fusion TV, Hillary Clinton addressed the issue of Hamas storing their missiles and rockets in civilian areas.
“The problem is, and this is something — I’m not a military planner, but Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas, part of it is that Gaza is pretty small and it’s densely populated. They put their command and control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas.”
In 2008, under the header "Renewing American Leadership – Working for Our Common Security – Stand with Allies and Pursue Diplomacy in the Middle East", the platform asserted that "For more than three decades, Israelis, Palestinians, Arab leaders, and the rest of the world have looked to America to lead the effort to build the road to a secure and lasting peace. Our starting point must always be our special relationship with Israel, grounded in shared interests and shared values, and a clear, strong, fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy."
No mention of any special relationship with Israel.
No description of Israel as our strongest ally in the region.
2) Maintaining Israel's Qualitative Military Edge
Previous platforms contained promises to maintain Israel's "qualitative military edge" in the region.
The 2008 platform reads: "That commitment [strong, fundamental commitment to the security of Israel], which requires us to ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense, is all the more important as we contend with growing threats in the region – a strengthened Iran, a chaotic Iraq, the resurgence of Al Qaeda, the reinvigoration of Hamas and Hezbollah. We support the implementation of the memorandum of understanding that pledges $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade to enhance and ensure its security" (pledging future support).
The 2012 platform mentions only that "The administration has also worked to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge in the region" (speaking of past support).
No commitment is mentioned to continue doing so in the future.
3) Hamas Terrorist Organization
2008 platform makes explicit mention o the continued need to oppose Hamas – the strong Palestinian terrorist organization supported by Iran that currently rules the Gaza strip (from which virtually daily rocket attacks are launched against Israeli civilian towns) and calls in its charter for the destruction of Israel.
It read: "To do so [take an active role to help secure a lasting settlement], we must help Israel identify and strengthen those partners who are truly committed to peace, while isolating those who seek conflict and instability, and stand with Israel against those who seek its destruction. The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and abides by past agreements."
In the 2012 platform, language on the terrorist group Hamas is gone, and there is no mention of the need to stand with Israel against its enemies.
4) Palestinian Refugees
A long-standing Palestinian demand ("The Right of Return") is that Israel allow Palestinian refugees (and their descendents) who left their homes during the 1948-49 war to return to towns which a have been part of Israel since that war, hence, in effect, nullifying the Jewish majority of the 'Jewish State'.
The 2008 platform read explicitly that "The creation of a Palestinian state through final status negotiations, together with an international compensation mechanism, should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel."
The 2012 platform contains no language on the Palestinian refugees matter.
5) 1967 Borders
A long-standing Palestinian demand is that Israel withdraw back to the border lines held prior to the 1967 war (the armistice lines of established at the end of the 1949 war).
It was pretty clear, however, that even after asking for multiple votes, two-thirds of the vote was not received. Rank and file delegates to the Democratic National Convention voiced significant opposition to the efforts to amend the party platform to reinstate the pro-Israel 'Jerusalem' language, forcing convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa to call the voice vote three times.
Charles Barron regards ousted Libyan leader Moamar Qaddafi "an African hero" who never should have been "murdered."
In 2002, Charles Barron invited Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe (the Leninist, anti-white, anti-Western president of Zimbabwe who has violently suppressed political opposition and repressed the white minority in his country) to deliver a speech at New York's City Hall. Barron calls for the importance of standing up for Robert Mugabe "the African hero, taking land back …white people stole the land from us in the first place".
Charles Barron has also called Cuban dictator Fidel Castro "a true champion of human rights worldwide."
Charles Barron holds the opinion that America is evil. "If you're looking for the Axis of Evil, look inside the belly of the beast," Barron has said of the United States. At a 2003 anti-war rally organized by International ANSWER in Washington, DC, Barron denounced U.S. capitalist interests as the real "axis of evil".
Charles Barron has called into question the legitimate existence of Israel. "Where should we start [the discussion]?" he said at a Brooklyn church in 2010. "Should we start with the 1906 Zionist Convention, or in 1914, with the Balfour Declaration? With Menachem Begin, the terrorists, all the wars, you want to discuss Israel becoming a state in 1948 when it should not have? Who are the terrorists? You want to talk about the definition of terrorism? How do you define acts of piracy?"
ECI has recently put out the following video about Charles Barron:
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