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It is a possibility

Yes, if the conflict is perceived as just another thousands of years of history of Old Testament tribal raids and counter-raids between Philistines and Israelites. No, if perceived as existential war until one side surrenders, e.g. WWII Nazi Germany and Japan.

The United Nations is putting a Band-Aid on the conflict by calling for a conditional cease-fire.

It should exhort both sides to enter the 21st century where there is only one human race by factual DNA 99.9% identical genomes, and as in the case of Islam and Judaism, prayers to the same God (neither Muslim nor Jew). In our Civil War,  Lincoln strived to preserve the union “with charity for all and malice toward none.” So the world should strive to bring about a ground-breaking union, a one-state merger, of Israel and Palestine, with justice and political equality for both sides. Impossible?

Not at all in this world of  critical-thinking AI, internet and hydrogen bombs.

— George Chung, Redlands


Gaza cease-fire

The previous UN vote on a Gaza cease-fire had the U.S., China and Russia voting against. Then the U.S. representative changed his position by abstaining from voting on the latest position.

That gave Russia and China an opportunity to change their position and vote for the cease-fire mandate. Meanwhile, the U.S. allowed this latest meddling in a Mideast conflict by not voting and angered Israel (our only ally in the Mideast) with this affront. Thank you Biden and his handlers for another miscue.

— Hayden Lening,  Claremont


A cease-fire should not happen without the release of prisoners

I hate war but don’t think a cease-fire should happen without the release of prisoners held by Hamas. The Jewish people are the ones who have to consider something like another Oct. 7 invasion on their people. This war could just start all over if Netanyahu ends the war or steps down. Outsiders should stop with their resolutions. This war is between Israel and Hamas. Hamas probably has to be annihilated to bring peace to the region.

— Palma Espinosa, Highland