ECU Professor Tries To Explain The Gaza Conflict in Simple Terms

As the fighting continues in the Middle East it seems very easy to get lost in the conflict as to why they are fighting.

We stopped by East Carolina University to try and break it down.

Dr. Jalil Roshandel has been studying the Middle East for years.

He's even written a book called the Jihad and International Security.

The ECU professor tries to put in layman's terms what the current conflict is all about.

"Both sides have legitimate demands on the other side," said Roshandel. "Israel wants to live in peace. They don't want Hamas rockets. Hamas wants space to live and borders open."

The professor says the cease fire between Israel and Hamas ended in December. The doctor says Israel wants Hamas to stop targeting them with their weapons.

He says Hamas felt as though Israel wasn't living up to their end of the bargain by opening the borders so they can survive.

He says, "everything they depend on from the outside world. So there must be some type of crossing open to them. However, that crossing must not bring weapons. Which is against Israel's security."

So it's simple right. Hamas don't bring weapons into the border crossings and Israel let Hamas through so they can do business with the international community. But no.

"When a situation like this happens and a war is started. Then the expectations go beyond a normal street calculations. So some of the old stuff gets into demand and it makes it hard to reach a compromise."

At this point the professor says the US government's hands are tied because it's in a transition period.

He said they only thing the US can do is ask both sides to cease fire.

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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 8, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    ph basil from Jordan, you tell a nice fairy tale. The Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian etc muslims living in Gaza have been launching rockets for a long time even though they were warned of what would happen if they did. There is no such thing as a palestinian because there is no such place as palestine. That is a false label put on Judea by the Romans when they illegally occupied the Jew's God given land centuries ago. I know about the stupid rule in Islam that says land once occupied (stolen) by the muslims is the rightful property of the muslims forever, blah blah... If the muslims continue to try to steal Israel's land they will continue to be punished.
  • by (cont.)Ph.Basil Turk Location: Jordan on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:52 PM
    as a result from this hamas started to lunch home made light missiles that will fly 30 km to hit some walls or street and it's most likely a fire works not like a killing machine,after 2 days from this action israel started heavily fire on gaza with f-16 and non pilot airplanes and fire and forget missiles,Apache attack es ....etc all air force new tech. were hit on gaza after 11 days hitting gaza with such heavy bombs the israel attack from land and a wide land attack started on gaza until now their is 660 killed from gaza people 45% infants and children's and 20% women and no human mind can imagine the Israel blood bath at the unurwa Palestinian school where Israels killed 150 refugee and children their yesterday. and all those attack es and those causalities and egypt as the border by gaza is closing their borders with Gaza no food,medical supplies,help is entering the gaza area,people are dying their,infants without milk,children are targets,it's a very hard situation,and all musli
  • by Ph.Basil Turk. Location: Jordan. on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:50 PM
    After international agreement to under go a new election for Palestinian government in the past under the supervision of usa and international Beurer the elected Palestinian government was including some from Hamas(not a terrorist group but Islamic political group) and others from Fateh(Not a terrorist but national group) both parties built the government hamas for service department like (health,education ...etc)and fateh for political departments like(anterior,foreign minister...etc),after a while the international forces from west and Israel noticed increased supports for hamas from the population inside Palestine and this started to thread their rights as occupation forces on Palestine ,israel and international forces reversed the situation by breaking the general election results at Palestinian elections and made a new government which is from fateh only,because some generals in fateh got a positive agenda with israel government,this counter act all previous legal elections.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 6, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    I can't believe this guy is a college professor. All of his education and this is the best he can do? Jeessh! One of the statements he makes is that Hamas wants the borders open because everything they need 'to survive' is from the outside world. 1. The Gaza Strip is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Use ships....or has this 'professor' never looked at a map? 2. The southern border of the Gaza Strip is bordered by Egypt. The Egyptians have been allowing them to smuggle their rockets in from there already. Two borders that Israel does not control while Hamas is holding the Gaza strip, so open borders with Israel are irrelevant. Two of four sides are accessible. Again, has he looked at a map? The Egyptians are denouncing the Israeli advance so obviously they support Hamas. So you see professor, your argument is moot. The bottom line is still as simple as this: Radical Islam will not cease until they achieve their goals or are eliminated. That is as simple as it gets. The rest is all BS.
  • by Dogma on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    This mess will never end. How many years have they been killing each other?
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY,NC on Jan 5, 2009 at 04:06 AM
    From Newsmax Dated 4-2008 Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has received an endorsement he might well wish he hadn’t — from the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, delivered his endorsement in an interview with WorldNetDaily and WABC Radio in New York. “We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections,” Yousuf said. " Today Obama says he is very Pro Isreal." But in Arab culture if your Father is Muslim the son is Muslim. Obama's Father was Muslim, so to the Arab world Obama is Muslim. He also has a very Arab Muslim name My question is did not the indorsment, but did Hamas give Obama and his people money. To help him get elected. Like Joe Kennedy's deal with the Mob to get his John in office. Whats the pay back? Even if you could never trace the monies given back to Hamas? Fact or Fiction?
  • by Allen Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2009 at 03:43 AM
    Hey Ted, when did you meet with the leaders of Hamas? I figured you must know them personally (or be a mind reader) since you know exactly what they're thinking. This professor may be way off base with what he thinks is going over there, but what makes you anymore of an expert than he is?
  • by lin Location: martin county on Jan 4, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    WELL SAID many times over. Attitudes such as this 'professor' is why obama is the coming president. His views are the same as so many teachers and they spread this bs to our children and grandchildren. All of this is just the Holy Bible being fulfilled. Do not be suprised when America stands alone with Israel and the world begins to turn against both. Anyone interested look up 'scott walkington' and read and research his vision.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 4, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    The good professor has it wrong all Hamas, the PLO, Hezbollah and every other radical Muslim organization wants is the total destruction of Israel and every person left living on the face of the Earth to convert to Islam. Americans should wake up and realize that Israel is the ONLY ally we have in that part of the world. We should be supporting them 100% instead of trying to broker the next cease fire. Peace isn't working, it's time for one side or the other to achieve total victory over the other. I for one hope for our sake it's Israel.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 4, 2009 at 02:52 PM
    Whos Fault???, I have studied how modern Israel came about. I have also studied how this land belonged to the Jewish people long before any human on earth called themself a palistinian. Palistine is a Roman name misapplied to Judea after the Roman occupation.
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