Israel’s Response

According to Reuters, “Israel kills scores in Gaza”.  Is Israel’s response to the constant bombardment of its southern regions too much? Is killing “scores” of “innocent” Palestinians justified? Especially since it’s not as if “scores” of innocent Israelis have been killed. These are the questions that Europeans and those in the UN are asking, if they’re asking anything at all.

However, we must note that most of the “victims” in Palestine are not “innocent”. This needs to be repeated again and again. In 2005 Israel left the Gaza strip according to assurances that Palestine would give up violence against Israel. But that did not happen. Hamas, a militant organization supported by Iran, was elected in 2006 by Palestinians themselves. In plain terms, Palestinians CHOSE Hamas.  Of course, not all Palestinians did. Some were loyal to other side, Fatah. Hamas and Fatah have been in continuing conflict. Hamas kicked Fatah out of the Gaza strip in 2007 in a bloody civil conflic.

Now, Hamas continues to flex its muscle in an effort to be recognized. To show its “strength” and to gain the sympathy of the “play nice” world, they have broken a ceasefire agreement with Israel (Reuters makes it sound like Hamas did not break it, but that it somehow expired. Umm, do ceasefires expire?) But don’t worry. Hamas leaders aren’t afraid. They “don’t fear death“. But perhaps they should. Israel has made it clear they are targeting solely terrorist and military training infrastructure of Hamas, and not civilians. Of course, there will be mistakes, and the mistakes are what will get reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas two years ago. Has he had a lawyer? Access to the Red Cross? Anything that even the prisoners at Guatanamo Bay have? No.

And why should Americans care? Don’t we support Israel a little too much? No. Israel is certainly the strongest friend of the U.S. in the Mideast, and for that reason alone we should support them. They are an established democracy. And we do have some shared values due to that. I don’t know that there is a “covenant” relationship between the U.S. and Israel that started with the Puritans in the 17th century, as some have stated. The Founders of the U.S. based their structure of government more on Cicero’s ideas than those of Moses, but we do share a basic “Ten Commandments” worldview (based on  values that do stem from our Judeo-Christian religious background).  And because of the similarities of that worldview and our governments, and our yen and ken for freedom, the Arab world tends to hate the U.S. almost as much as they do Israel.

Israel’s response is not unjustified. And they are trying their best to avoid incurring the wrath of the diplomacy-first crowed:

A series of air strikes were launched after darkness fell. Israel telephoned some Palestinians to warn them their homes were targeted and they should leave to avoid being killed. In at least one instance a home was bombed after the occupants left.

I’m a bit pessimistic that this will all work. How many terrorists will need to be killed in order to ensure that no more terrorists will spring from the bloody ground? Can minds really be changed? The same minds that, from babyhood, have been shaped and taught that Jews are evil, and Palestinians are shamed victims?

I frankly don’t think anything will change until hearts change, and that no government can do. It must be a cultural zeitgeist. A shift to true freedom, which, as has been noted on this blog before, is not true without being constrained by some cultural mores — and those are informed usually by religion. And here we get back to square one.

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