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    Posted August 4, 2014 by
    New York, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New violence in Israel and West Bank

    Solution to Palestinian - Israeli Conflict

    Before the acceptance of the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire agreement by both sides, and its subsequent breach by Hamas, I came up with a radical idea to tamp down the situation:

    Ask Israeli families to host injured and suffering Palestinian children and woman in their homes in Israel. A temporary truce would be declared, and these children and woman, would be escorted from Gaza via the Hamas tunnels to Israel, where they would be treated and stay until a cessation of fighting could be agreed upon. This would accomplish the following;

    1) Show that Israelis are deeply upset by collateral Palestinian civilian deaths
    2) Get Palestinian civilians out of harms way
    3) Remove a key element of the "disproportionate use of media": the endless and context-less displaying of tragic pictures of Palestinian civilian casualties.

    With the breach by Hamas of the ceasefire 90 minutes into it, however, I don't see any way to deal with Hamas except the way Israel is currently dealing with them - maximum force coupled with maximum restraint where civilians are concerned. The cost in lives on both sides will greatly increase, but the long-term benefits to all civilians - in Gaza and in Israel - of eradicating Hamas make it the best of the host of bad options..

    I remain hopeful that one day Airbnd or similar app will serve participants on both sides of the Gaza/Israeli border.
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