Originally Posted by bluewolf
What's the point in the UN even publishing a report, they're not going to do anything about it. Everyone will get on with business as usual and israel don't give a damn. Pack of paranoid cowardly bullies is right.
^^ Well, even if the UN is pretty much impotent when it comes to doling out punishment on Israel, it's still good that Israel is receiving more and more open condemnation, as that really doesn't happen enough from official organizations/governments at the moment.
Most of Europe, and obviously the US, are still very (politically) friendly with Israel, and I don't think there is a whole lot of incentive for that to change at the moment.
While Israel's extremely strong lobby groups in the US stay powerful, nobody can do anything to Israel, and they are increasingly growing stronger ties with Europe too.
As for the divide people talk about, regarding people on both 'sides' of the argument in these forums: I rarely see anyone ever
support or justify the actions of Hamas, so I don't know what people mean about there being cheerleaders on both sides.
From what I've seen, there are only people who fanatically support Israel
; if the odd person or two does make a comment about Hamas (usually something along the lines of "sure I wouldn't blame them"), they are usually argued against, and they don't hold onto their argument in a death grip like a number of Israeli supporting posters do (i.e. they respond to reason, and don't have a concealed motive/bigoted-belief behind their arguments).
To paint it as both sides having their extreme supporters on boards, in my opinion, contributes (not often intentionally) to detracting/negating the overwhelming number of well argued (and mostly common-sense) anti-Israeli posts.
99% of the debates are about Israel vs The Palestinian People, not Israel vs Hamas (as much as people like to portray it that way, as a smear); most/all people do
condemn the actions of Hamas.