I don't approve of Israel sending in ground forces. I think it exposes the soldiers to much. I think that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) as well as the Shin Bet (Israeli Intelligence) has done an amazing job (especially on the first day) by all military standards. I think Israel should extend the 3-hour daily humanitarian truce to 24 hours every other day. If Hamas keeps firing rockets during one of the quiet days, tell the world, "If you aren't going to stop them, we will." Then, perhaps, send in ground forces, though I am very uncomfortable with that idea. There have already been several friendly fire cases in Gaza and the mortar fire near the UN school should not be repeated. I think the ground forces know what they are doing but these unfortunate occurrences aren't worth it.
I started a new blog recently. It's called iKibbitz. It's going to be a Jewish collective blogging experience. It's still in the development phase, but I already started writing there. I'll try to have my posts published in both sites, but please check there first. I have a longer description on the website in a post title "Welcome to iKibbitz".
If you are a blogger who would like to join, please contact me at mweis89 [at] gmail [dot] com. It's going to start Jewish but we are going to add none-Jewish bloggers sooner or later. If anyone is willing to offer help to create a WordPress theme for free, also contact me.
I decided to start this blog because I was not satisfied with the discourse I was having on the Israeli-Arab issue on other blogs such as PhlipWeiss, RichardSilverstein, LGF, JIDF, and others. Peace and Human Rights are among my concerns. To a large extent, it seems that other blogs demonize the other "side" (Israeli or Arab) rather than discussing ways to solve the issue or the positive side to the Middle East. I plan to comment on some stories regarding that area. There is a lot of change happening over there , for better or worse, starting with Israel and spreading across the Middle East. I will cover the stories that I think are important to paint an honest picture of the Middle East (Old World) and show progress (New Ideas) towards peace, freedom, and equality. I was born in Israel on a secular kibbutz. My mother was born in Tunisia, but grew up in France. My father was born the US. In total, I have roots in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Tunisia, France, Israel, and the US.