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  • I would certainly like to see this work.

    It's not clear to me that anything can be done unilaterally, or if even with a promise of $10B, and statements of support from the US, the Gulf States, and Europe whether enough cooperation can be found with Palestinian leaders in Gaza.

    A zillion years ago during the cold war, I remember seeing a very self-serving IBM commercial about how trade with the Soviets was the best way to create relationships and establish peace. And while we didn't really have a controlled experiment, I think in hindsight, they were right.

    In 2010 dollars, the Marshall Plan would cost $100 billion.
  • RoyBatty: A zillion years ago during the cold war, I remember seeing a very self-serving IBM commercial about how trade with the Soviets was the best way to create relationships and establish peace. And while we didn't really have a controlled experiment, I think in hindsight, they were right.


    The Nixon/China approach if you will. Now to train an Israeli and Gaza ping pong team, also we'll need a cute cuddly mascot to trade around like pandas
  • Sounds like gentrification.
  • zedster: RoyBatty: A zillion years ago during the cold war, I remember seeing a very self-serving IBM commercial about how trade with China was the best way to create relationships and establish peace. And while we didn't really have a controlled experiment, I think in hindsight, they were right.

    The Nixon/China approach if you will. Now to train an Israeli and Gaza ping pong team, also we'll need a cute cuddly mascot to trade around like pandas

  • Come for our beaches and car bombs.
  • Would cut into that 40% unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip,


    A hungry mob is an angry mob
  • Hamasan never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity....
  • Even with the "truce" Hamas is still haphazardly lobbing rockets into Israel.

    I wish Israel would just take the gloves off and proclaim that that every rocket that lands in a populated area, Israel will respond by flattening an entire city block in Gaza.
  • Israel owes the Pallies about $10 billion in money they've stolen withheld as collective punishment anyway, don't they?

    Fork it over, Bibi.
  • That would mean that Israel would have to open its borders more to allow more trade into Gaza.

    Something they said won't happen until Hamas is gone.

    It's a nice idea, but it'll never happen unfortunately.
  • Well, once they settle the area, that is...
  • Its not fark, its news!
  • They would still find a way to twist it into them being victimized and then biatch about that and get all explodey anyways.
  • This is what's left of the last 'investment' Israelis left for the Gazans, which were once capable of feeding thousands.

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  • Lebanon used to be the Las Vegas of the Med. if my history serves me.

    It wasn't until the civil war that it became a hell hole. The pictures I recall were beautiful.
  • moops: Even with the "truce" Hamas is still haphazardly lobbing rockets into Israel.

    I wish Israel would just take the gloves off and proclaim that that every rocket that lands in a populated area, Israel will respond by flattening an entire city block in Gaza.


    That is simply not a long term solution and the Israeli people don't want that. The stick is getting whittled away and it's time to try the carrot.

    I've said it before, I think Israel should open the sea to Gaza but close it's boarders with them for now. If they use the new found freedom to import more weapons or war materials they will pay the price. If however they use it for good it may open the door to peaceful relations. Hamas has found out what every other group put in their position has found, being the opposition is easy, being in power is hard. Instead of power corrupts (the actual quote is "power sometimes corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely") maybe power sometime pacifies as well.
  • Mart Laar's beard shaver: This is what's left of the last 'investment' Israelis left for the Gazans, which were once capable of feeding thousands.

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    Too bad those things could not operate without water, huh?
  • kindms: Lebanon used to be the Las Vegas of the Med. if my history serves me.

    It wasn't until the civil war that it became a hell hole. The pictures I recall were beautiful.


    They called it the Paris of the Middle East, the Las Vegas would be in the Sinai I guess

    //never really heard any place called the Vegas of ____
  • Mrtraveler01: That would mean that Israel would have to open its borders more to allow more trade into Gaza.


    not really, keep the borders as they are but open the sea lanes and stop the pressure on Egypt to keep their borders closed.
  • kindms: Lebanon used to be the Las Vegas of the Med. if my history serves me.

    It wasn't until the civil war that it became a hell hole. The pictures I recall were beautiful.


    Its nice now.

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    You can drink alcohol and dance all night, Beirut is where the wealthy go to party. 

    GIS Beirut nightlife
  • As much as that would really help the people of Palestine, we won't get jack done until we knock the heads of the IDF and Hamas together and tell them to knock it off. And so far that hasn't stopped them yet.
  • zedster: //never really heard any place called the Vegas of ____


    Dubai gets compared to Vegas quite a bit.

    And they share quite a lot in common, such as overhyped real estate speculation which caused a bubble to burst and a huge glut in the real estate marketplace.

    That and they're both flashy and touristy.
  • The hotels can put a complimentary mortar round on your pillow after turndown.
  • Some of them would rather deal with bombings than tourists.
  • You mean that a plan that doesn't include bombing them would work? No way.
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