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Blinken shuttles from West Bank to Iraq trying to contain fallout from Israel-Hamas war

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Israel is in a state of denial,a bunch of genocidal Israelis lawmaker advocate the eradication of Palestinian, even by using a nuke in Gaza, Google Eliyahu Nuking Gaza

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Bizarre how this article attempts cast the Nazi--holocaust denying Blinken as some kind of peace maker when it's the US government that is funding, arming and supplying electronic intelligence to those committing crimes against humanity in Gaza, the West Bank and various other places.

Israel-Hamas war

Since most of the victims are aged between 0 and 17 shouldn't this be the Zionist War on Palestinian Children?

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Netanyahu had pushed back Friday against the U.S. pressure to start implementing pauses in the fighting, saying there would be no temporary cease-fire until Hamas releases some 240 foreign hostages it is holding.

This is Israel's decision as to whether to pause or not from its defensive military actions.

“Israel has raised important questions about how humanitarian pauses would work.

Exactly. Israel is already approaching this matter from a humanitarian perspective and in complete compliance with international law.

The most important matters right now are the security of the hostages and the security of Israel, at all costs.

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NOTICE how SMALL the U.S. flag in the photo, this tells a lot.

I am NOT a fan of Biden, Abbas, Nor Hamas or Netanyahu, I believe they all are nothing but a TOTAL FAILURE.

When a CHILD is KILLED every 10 minutes in GAZA and or Israel make me wonder if these people have any SOULS left in them.

The U.S. must stop this Genocide, it is the only power that can but it REFUSES to call for a CEASEFIRE giving the green light to Netanyahu to continue his killings.

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Yesterday some Israeli Lawmakers are reportedly are calling for the NUKE of Gaza.

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Thuban, Mark, Alfie- well said ! Agree 100%

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Blinken / Biden throwing gasoline onto the fire and then trying to play fireman. And on the ground nothing but death, misery, and destruction at the hands of these war mongers.

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Abbas can't do anything in Gaza the PA was never accepted and the people of Gaza kicked them Corrupt Puppets and Spies out back in 2017 and decided to go it alone.

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There can be a cease fire when Hamas releases all the hostages, surrenders to Israel, and destroys the terror infrastructure they have constructed in Gaza. Until that time, every death in Gaza is the fault of Hamas. Nobody else. Israel would not be forced to bomb Gaza if Hamas had not started this war on October 7.

For those who want a "free Palestine", what specifically does that mean? To many of the lemming-like protestors in the West, it simply means that Israel disappears. That will not happen. The Arabs already control 99% of the land in the Middle East, Israel only 1%. And only one of those sides is a functioning democracy with rights for women, LGBT are not killed, a multi-ethnic parliament, etc.

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Plenty of quotes from Blinken and we have also seen quotes from Netanyahu. When these people talk, depending on what they say, people die. Especially Netanyahu, who has a military at his command, he talks, and innocent people die. He calls for mass murder, and he gets it. He calls for genocide, and he gets it.

But me? I have no army. My words do not even echo in the aether. And it is the same with so many of us who have harsh words for the state of Israel and how it should be treated. Nothing we say no matter how extreme will kill a single Israeli. Yet we barred from speaking certain remedies for Israel and are punished for speaking while quotes from Nethanyahu and Blinken, whose words end innocent lives, directly and indirectly, are sought out.

Meanwhile, those other powerless people who have said much the same regarding Palestine or Russia have had a very free hand.

This is probably the greatest hypocrisy I have noticed in my lifetime, and certainly one of the most evil and self-righteous.

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Chance for Iraq to regain its sovereignty and freedom again.

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Yesterday some Israeli Lawmakers are reportedly are calling for the NUKE of Gaza.

You sabotage the good people on the correct side of history with this sloppy misinformation.

What happened is that a junior member of Netanyahu's cabinet (one man and not a lawmaker) was asked by a reporter if a nuclear weapon could be used on Gaza and he responded "That's one way."

He never suggested it. Its not even clear what the response meant exactly, and could simply mean it was possible if some existential threat were leveled against Israel from Gaza.

And Netanyahu, criminal though he is, reprimanded him.

Do better.

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“This is a process,” Blinken told reporters on the matter Sunday. “Israel has raised important questions about how humanitarian pauses would work. We’ve got to answer those questions,” including how pauses would affect Hamas hostages. "We’re working on exactly that.’’

Take your time, its just hundreds of Gaza civilians being killed by Israeli army daily....discuss how the pauses would work. Not like a concept of "pause" is easy or anything.

"Blinken's meeting with Abbas in the West Bank came on the same day that Israeli planes bombed two refugee camps in Gaza, killing at least 53 people, according to health officials in Gaza. An Associated Press reporter saw the dead bodies of eight children brought in to a nearby Gaza hospital after one of those strikes. "

Where is the outrage and condemnation of the continuous, daily, indiscriminate bombing of civilians in refugee camp ? This hypocricy of opposite reactions the current White House displays in regards to Israel/Gaza vs Russia/Ukraine conflicts is blinding.

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MarkToday 08:32 am JST

NOTICE how SMALL the U.S. flag in the photo, this tells a lot.

Do you know where he has been? He is lucky he wasn't abducted in most of these countries. The fact he has forced the leaders to appear with him on TV is impressive and an indicator of how important the US is.

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La vie douceToday 10:05 am JST

Where is the outrage and condemnation of the continuous, daily, indiscriminate bombing of civilians in refugee camp ? This hypocricy of opposite reactions the current White House displays in regards to Israel/Gaza vs Russia/Ukraine conflicts is blinding.

People like the h-word. It has meaning based only on the integrity of the person using it.

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"People like the h-word. It has meaning based only on the integrity of the person using it."

"People" call it as it is, simple as that. Can you dispute the obvious double standards on display by the current White House when it comes to the two current conflicts?

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La vie douceToday 10:21 am JST

"People like the h-word. It has meaning based only on the integrity of the person using it."

"People" call it as it is, simple as that. Can you dispute the obvious double standards on display by the current White House when it comes to the two current conflicts?

I cannot dispute the double standard shown by various commentators shouting out "double standard"!!!

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Over the decades has a peace process ever really materialized or even existed, so all frankly stays of executing a brutal unrelenting existence of hate filled intolerance?

Is U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken scuttle/shuttle diplomacy, frankly a politically hideous excruciating painful to witness round, of leading a whole team, harras, string herd of horses to water then attempting to make/force them to drink?

Again no real insistence the hostages are first released.

Round and round it goes; where it stops nobody knows

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AttilathehungryToday  09:22 am JST

There can be a cease fire when Hamas releases all the hostages, surrenders to Israel, and destroys the terror infrastructure they have constructed in Gaza. Until that time, every death in Gaza is the fault of Hamas. Nobody else. Israel would not be forced to bomb Gaza if Hamas had not started this war on October 7.

For those who want a "free Palestine", what specifically does that mean? To many of the lemming-like protestors in the West, it simply means that Israel disappears. That will not happen. The Arabs already control 99% of the land in the Middle East, Israel only 1%. And only one of those sides is a functioning democracy with rights for women, LGBT are not killed, a multi-ethnic parliament, etc.

This post hit the nail on the head. Even Netanyahu has said there could be a ceasefire if the hostages are released. The solution is quite simple.

If Hamas were launching rockets from the beach and had only attacked military installations, and Israel had responded by bombing civilian locations, I would be critical of them like most of you….but that is not what happened or is happening. Hamas hides amongst their civilian population, (I’m pretty sure this is a war crime) and has no problems sacrificing their own people as martyrs. (A Hamas spokesperson literally said this) Israel is forced to respond and as a result, civilians are killed. And this is exactly what Hamas wants because they use their own people as cannon fodder to gain sympathy from an international community that has always been critical of Israel.

Imagine any of you are the leader of a country and a hostile neighbor comes in and butchers 1400 of your civilians and kidnaps over 200. What would you do? Put aside historical grievances, put aside who thinks who owns what piece of land. Even put aside religious animus. Factor in that the enemy uses their own people as shields and are willing to sacrifice them in the name of their cause. What would you do? Would you just sit back and do nothing?

I used to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. I used to call Israel an apartheid state and spouted all the usual catch words that people bandy about at rallies and even on this comment board. But after learning more and more about this area of the world, and learning about the history of Jewish discrimination, I no longer hold those views. And I really hate that civilians on both sides have been killed. But there can be no peace if one side will always be unwilling to make a deal.

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Hoping for peace and the well-being of the people of Gaza and Israel. However, how can such a peace come about if Hamas isn’t eradicated first?

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"I cannot dispute the double standard shown by various commentators shouting out "double standard"!!!"

So when one can not discredit the message, lets try to discredit the messenger - this PR 101 angle is a little cliche here, non? In any case it carries no water. My position on the need to secure a ceasefire asap in both these conflicts where innocent civilians, especially kids are being killed in scores has been consistant.

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Blinken must be wishing he were somewhere else playing his guitar, as his cushy job of SoS turns into a nightmare of gaslighting and lies, with an insidiously corrosive and corrupting effect on his own psyche and character. While he flies around seeking band-aids, world-renowned Jewish experts on the Holocaust are calling out Netanyahu for his cruel, callous bombing of civilians as an unmistakable sign of genocide creep.

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"Blinken must be wishing he were somewhere else playing his guitar, as his cushy job of SoS turns into a nightmare of gaslighting and lies, with an insidiously corrosive and corrupting effect on his own psyche and character. While he flies around seeking band-aids, world-renowned Jewish experts on the Holocaust are calling out Netanyahu for his cruel, callous bombing of civilians "

Indeed, I agree with that.

"People" call it as it is, simple as that. Can you dispute the obvious double standards on display by the current White House when it comes to the two current conflicts? -

I cannot dispute the double standard shown by various commentators shouting out "double standard"!!!"

We also can not dispute various commentators avoiding an answer to a simple question and deflecting instead, oui? :)

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La vie douceToday 11:27 am JST

"I cannot dispute the double standard shown by various commentators shouting out "double standard"!!!"

So when one can not discredit the message, lets try to discredit the messenger - this PR 101 angle is a little cliche here, non? In any case it carries no water. My position on the need to secure a ceasefire asap in both these conflicts where innocent civilians, especially kids are being killed in scores has been consistant.

You reflect the views of your masters quite clearly, so it is not an attack on the messenger.

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TaiwanIsNotChinaToday 11:58 am JST

La vie douceToday 11:27 am JST

"I cannot dispute the double standard shown by various commentators shouting out "double standard"!!!"

So when one can not discredit the message, lets try to discredit the messenger - this PR 101 angle is a little cliche here, non? In any case it carries no water. My position on the need to secure a ceasefire asap in both these conflicts where innocent civilians, especially kids are being killed in scores has been consistant.

Lol, if all your are consistent on is "Ceasefire NAO!!!" that isn't very much. It's basically "I got mine, so we're good to stop!"

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I used to be sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. I used to call Israel an apartheid state and spouted all the usual catch words that people bandy about at rallies and even on this comment board. But after learning more and more about this area of the world, and learning about the history of Jewish discrimination, I no longer hold those views. And I really hate that civilians on both sides have been killed. But there can be no peace if one side will always be unwilling to make a deal.

Extremely enlightening and well put.

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Reamer: The population of Gaza grows by about 40,000 people per year. This is genocide?

Here is the write-up of the Al Mathaf Hotel in Gaza City, courtesy of Google;

Set in a garden with palm trees overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this polished hotel is 2 km from the beaches of Chalet Swan Park and 6 km from the Great Mosque of Gaza.

Sophisticated rooms, some with ornate furniture, offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and laptops, plus minifridges, dining areas, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. All feature seating areas, en suite bathrooms and views of the sea or city. Some include balconies.

There are 2,000 sq m of gardens, plus a restaurant, and a furnished terrace with a gazebo and a pond. Event space is available. There's also a museum, and a children's play area.

This is a concentration camp?

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