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January 7th, 2009
05:02 PM ET

Most Israelis support war

As CNN's Nic Robertson discovers, opinion is divided over the conflict but most still back the government.


Filed under: Crisis in Gaza • Nic Robertson
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Elina

    Thank you for this report! However, what I'd like to hear more about are the "dissent voices" from within Israel and the Palestinian side. At least in Israel there are many organizations, e.g. Peace Now and other human rights groups, whose views on this war would be of great interest to hear. Could it be possible to have more reports on this?

    January 8, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  2. shahar golan

    amee if their wasnt any suicide bombers then they wouldnt be any guards all the time u should be thankfull that they even let u get into tel aviv. they were many women suicide bombers as well as long as they are terrorist guess what israel would be all over you

    January 8, 2009 at 5:20 am |
  3. joe blow

    Well lets see it was 1967 when Isreal orchestrated a unprovoked attack on the arab states. The region has not been right since . They control the borders and are starving the palestines. it is no wonder
    they send rockets into Isreal what else are they going to do. They steal there land and buil in there territory claiming they have right to it
    in the bible......B.S, The american Indians owned all the land in U.S
    before we showed up and stole it from them should they get it all back

    January 8, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  4. mccarty

    There wasn't even suppose to be an Israel anyway. The entire middle east should have be quarantined from the the rest of the world long ago. Maybe there issues would have been resolved if no one interfered with there affairs. There only hope is to become united states.

    January 8, 2009 at 1:37 am |
  5. Hollie Bust

    I agree with you, Tom Shipley! 100%

    January 8, 2009 at 12:46 am |
  6. kyle

    Both Israel, and Hamas had shown that they are not mature yet, to deal with each other in an adult way. In other words, they both have to respect the international law, the human life, before any consideration.
    Whatever excuse, Israel, may come with, would not justify its excessive use of power, and massacre of kids, and elderly civilians.
    As for Hamas, they should spend more time building Gaza, rather than being an actor of its demolition. Both countries are stupid, sorry, but that is the truth, the human life is much more valuable, than a stupid war.

    January 7, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  7. ashok choudhury

    U.N should organise 'neighbour relation management ' workshops for the hamas. because isreal is here to exist. once hamas accepts that, its thinking and behaviour will change. as long as they persue their declared goal of completely wiping out isreal from the map there is little hope for peace between the neighbours.
    and if most of the israelis support the war that does not mean they are no peace seekers. the fact is unfortunately they have no choice but to support war because as of now, war against hamas reaffirms their right to exist.

    January 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  8. James Fields

    I have been following this war. Sometimes I think I am going crazy, for it seems that some people think Israel started this war! If I am not mistaken, for 8 years Hamas blaseted Israel with rockets without any retribution at all. Now that Israel has said that 8 years is enough, now they want the world to stop Israel from fighting! How ridiculous could we be as a Nation if we go along with such thinking or action. Hamas and the Palenstinians have asked for whatever Israel decides to do to them. I would expect no less from my nation, if an enemy was firing missiles into my hometown day after day without provocation, all because they don't believe I should exist. Hamas and those that allow them to flourish should pay the ulitame price for the years of killing of Israelis. If Hamas stops their rockets, peace will ensue-Israel is not the enemy here. The world needs to wake up to that fact!

    January 7, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Kenneth William Payne

    The debt! Why are we not getting oil or money from all the oil in Irac? Are they not supposed to give us something for their freedom from the tryant . Our country is paying a heavy price for their freedom. The graft and corruption in Government spending is overwhelming. The blood on the ground plus all our money. Isn't that a enough..

    January 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  10. izz hamdan

    i wish i knew how to send pictures so i can show u anderson all these emails im getting a bout the crisis in gaza and the pictures

    January 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Leonard

    In WW11, the Shah of Iran appealed to Hitler to allow the Shah to rule the middle east under Hitler's rule of the world.

    Just after WW11, Waffen SS Col. Alois Brunner, right-hand man to Adolf Eichman-the architect of the Final Solution, fled to Damascus via the Rat Line in Europe and found work as an advisor to the Syrian Surete (secret police). Hezbollah is headquartered in Damascus. Damascus is a sanctuary for other terrorist groups.

    Many (12) of Hitler's mind control scientists fled to Egypt and found work at the U of Cairo, Egypt, in the Dept of Psychology. Al Queda's #2 man, Al Zwahiri, was educated in psychiatry at the U of Cairo.

    The pres of Iran has called for the destruction of Israel.

    How many times must you turn the other cheek?

    January 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. M from toronto

    Since I am fortunate enough to live in Canada I don't have bombs raining down on me from my neighbour to the south. Course we don't stand in the House of Commons in Ottawa and preach death to all Americans and have the destruction of the United States of America written into our Constitution. Wonder what would happen??

    Do you think the US government would allow us to continue, to have open borders, trade, allow our citizens in to the US for work? Of course not....... Yet that is expected of Israel!?!! She is supposed to allow those who would destroy the country past the checkpoints so they can go to WORK? Yes they put up that awful wall, and it seems to have worked as there have been almost no suicide bombings.

    How would any of you feel if bombs were being sent at you on a daily basis merely because you're American?? You think it can't happen here? Don't any of you remember 9/11 and how we in North America felt?? After 9/11 Israelis really thought you finally understood what it was like to be attacked like they've been; that it finally hit home.

    You all have short memories. We don't.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  13. Randy

    Everyday the headlines on this site pour out the bloodshed caused by a simple disagreement of religion. Is it really worth killing a child because his father is Christian or Jewish or Muslim? And now, 1000's of Americans have been killed over the US alliance with Israel. Our country was established on the basis of escape from religious oppression, yet we now play a role in the wars of those that oppress others. It is time to leave this mindset behind, move forward with a clear slate, and turn away from all states that kill over religion. If we turn away now, we can no longer be blamed for the support of Israel, which has instilled a sense of the US versus the entire Muslim world.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  14. Maya from California

    If the terrorists were not hiding behind their children, in schools and other public places, those places would not have been targeted.
    Terrorists use cunning tactics to get public opinion on their side,
    those thugs fight dirty.
    Israel tried for years to hold back for fear of civilian casualties.
    Now, it has to defend its rocket-tired citizens.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm |
  15. lynn forts

    @Tom Shipley

    You have no concept of what the Israeli's live with day in and day out knowing full well all of their neghbors want them annihalated. These people shoot hundreds of random rockets in their territory daily, they use their innocent wives and children as human shields and pretend they care when they die in the process, & they use themselves as bombs too. They have broken every agreement and openly say how they want all Israeli's killed. How should Israel respond?

    January 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  16. JoyceLinda

    Alex, yes Israel does care about who they kill!! I disagree strongly with you. I know firsthand also as I lived in Israel and have family there now. The Hamas love to die as to them it is martyrdom and they will achieve being with their 72 virgins in heaven. So, they care nothing for the palestinian people. and decided to take them along. They care nothing for human life why? because they are inhuman, souless monsters!!
    They put themselves among the civilians and the poor civilians cant do a thing about it. Do you know why Hamas was elected? Well, they promised the palestinians money, they brought them steak, food, anything to get elected and then they were fooled!! Now they are in a grave situation with a bunch of monsters. Sure it is horrible, but when Israel is fired upon they are firing back. Someone on this board said that palestinians do not live nicely in Israel. Again, firsthand I will tell you they are treated very nicely and one we know works with my nephew in a restaurant. Its the terrorist monsters who ruin it for everyone. They will be the destruction of the world if nothing is done. They danced in the street 9/ll. They are all one in the same. The other countries want Israel to defeat them! It is the unspoken word. Everyone hates them!!

    January 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  17. Maria

    You are the only one who supports war. You are so biased to be a journalist and all your talk is Pro-Israeli pro-war. Yesterday the girl from Israel was saying she is against the war and you were manipulating her talk and saying this is only a minority. I which you can go to the other side and run under car to report the effect of the airstrikes as you did with the Hamas Rocket. I’m sure you will not come back because the Israeli rockets don’t spare lives.

    January 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  18. Alex

    There is little doubt as to the goals of Hamas. So using that standard of reasoning, Israel is trying to do the same thing in bringing about the total destruction of the Palestinians. This forever waring business has no reasoning and cannot be discussed in rational terms. Hamas will not be destroyed because of it's backing by Iran, Syria and who knows who else. These people know nothing beyond hatred of all Jews and are in a sense nothing short of an extension of the beliefs of Adolf Hilter. In the meantime, Israel seemingly doesn't care who they kill in their efforts and thus will never gain the approval of the outside world. If you want to survive, I guess you have no choice but to go after those that want to kill your family. I disagree with the methods the Israeli Army is using, but "Queen Ann's Rules" hasn't stopped the killing of innocent Israelis either. Until the Jews are left alone to live in peace, they will never be able to stop fighting this endless war.

    January 7, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  19. Dustin Cole

    What grabs me is what the young woman who's photographing the scene in Sderot says. She courageously says that the Palestinians in Gaza are human beings, too, and that we all deserve peace. Through dialogue we all win. Beautifully done Sivan...;)

    January 7, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  20. Sandra Robertson, Ga.

    Nic:

    Frightening video shows you and these Israeli citizens so close in harm's way. I am thankful you all made it to the shelter without injury. I do agree with Yacov, the taxi driver, "it is not life being attacked day after day, night after night." But this reigns true for both sides. This is not life. Just fear of death. When you spoke with Sivan, the photographer, she states she has a place to run when rockets are being launched, but the people in Gaza have no place to run; no place to hide. Is it true; no shelter? God Bless them all, Israeli and Palestinian alike.

    January 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm |
  21. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    @ Tom Shipley....... well said! I agree 100%.

    We all know that Hamas wants to destroy Israel.

    We all know that Israel wants peace and prosperity.

    We all know that the Palestinians want a homeland.

    War is not the answer!

    January 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm |
  22. Amee

    Have you ever been to Palestine / Isreal? Well, I have and I can tell you firsthand that as an Arab-American, with an American passport, I wasn't let into some territories. Most Palestinians, myself included, do not support Hammas and would love to live peacefully with our Israeli neighbors, but they do not allow us to do that when they are guarding each and every Palestinian town, hovering over Palestinians as if they were in jail. When I visited Tel Aviv, there were no Palestinians guarding their terrirtory. But that is never shown.

    January 7, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  23. Melissa B ~ California

    Of course the Israelis support the war against Hamas. Most people do not know the goal of Hamas in the region. The Hamas Charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. The Hamas regime and the palestinian militants have no desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors.

    The facts speak for themselves, and if more people were aware of the Hamas goal to destroy Israel, perhaps there would be far less criticism of the Israelis to protect their country from previous suicide bombings, and the more recent unprovoked rocket attacks targeting innocent Israeli civilians.

    January 7, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  24. Tom Shipley

    Every evening gangs from the poorest parts of many major American cities come out of "their" part of town to rob, kill, car jack, and main decent Americans, making their lives difficult if not deadly. By Israeli standards I guess we should start bombing those parts of town for our own safety regardless of how many innocent people we kill in the process. Doesn't make any sense does it? Neither does the bombing of families with kids in Gaza just to rid the place of it's gangs and thugs.

    January 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm |