Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes for PeaceSigns about Gaza:
Of the 1.5 million people crowded into Gaza’s 139 square miles, 56 percent are under the age of 18. Unless circumstances change, these young people’s only image of Israelis will involve tanks and bombs.
It is in the long-term interest of both Israelis and Palestinians to reach a negotiated, just settlement. President Obama has indicated this will be a high priority for him, and former Senator George Mitchell has been active in his role as Special Envoy.
But both sides will need to make decisions that will not be easy or popular. Some Palestinian leaders need to continue to make progress on security issues which are of great concern to Israelis. A key step that Israelis could take would be to end the economic siege they have imposed on Gaza.
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