Local Palestinian-American Wants Stop to Israeli-Palestine Conflict

Posted at: 11/16/2012 9:45 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 10:20 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen

(ABC 6 News) -- After days of battering militant targets with airstrikes, Israeli forces are massing along the border in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

Friday marked the third day of attacks between Israel and Hamas militants. 16,000 Israeli reservists were summoned and expected to arrive at specific meeting points along the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, sirens wailed as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed just outside of Jerusalem, Israel's self-proclaimed capital, and the largest city in the country.  

"It's just frustration and sadness," says Palestinian-American, Nadir Amra. He grew up on the West Bank, immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. He recently returned from a trip to visit his family still living there.  

"People are numb over there. I mean, they've been living under these types of situations for many years so it's not something new," says Amra. He says the recent fighting is a result of the way Israel treats those living in Gaza.    

"The people of Gaza have been living in an open air prison, suffocating you know…and people do desperate things during desperate times," says Amra. He doesn't like to think about the violence but says both Hamas and Israel are to blame.  

"We can't continue to go on," says Amra. The old conflict was renewed on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas' military chief and dozens of airstrikes on suspected Hamas rocket launching sites. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says the country is protecting itself.

"Israel will continue to exercise this prudence and self-restraint while defending our citizens against terrorism," says Netanyahu.

As protests against both sides escalate the situation, the U.S. embassy has asked everyone to calm down. But for Amra, the options are clear.

"There's only two solutions. Either a two-state solution or a one state solution. And the U.S. and the Western nations can impose it," says Amra. An Israeli ground offensive could be costly to both sides.

The last time the region saw this amount of violence was four years ago when Israel conducted air and ground invasions of Gaza. It lasted three weeks and left more than 1,400 people dead.