As a member of the Jewish community, I have written in these pages previously during Israel’s assaults on the Gaza strip. It always seemed to me that if these massive attacks were designed to pummel Gazans into submission, they were doomed to fail. And in their failure, thousands of civilians, including numerous young children, have been blown apart. The result of each tragic invasion has been a brief truce followed within one or two years by more bombs and innocent deaths.
For decades, Palestinians have been treated as less than human by Israelis and their supporters. Israel continues to send its citizens to occupy their land. Countless Palestinian noncombatants have been jailed, tortured, starved and deprived of medical care, infrastructure and employment. They have watched hundreds of their young children die by gunfire and bombs. Only the most naive would think this would lead the survivors in this generation, or in future generations, to want to make peace.
Sadly, our country bears responsibility. Feckless politicians, including a president I support, acquiesce to bankrolling such inhumane conduct with more than $3 billion annually. They try to outdo each other in their cynical embrace of Israel. Real affection for the Israeli people would lead us to pull them back from the condemnation that history will surely bring.
There is no justification in Judaism or in any of our major faiths for such conduct. Israel’s government is a pariah. Its behavior deserves no support from those who place justice, human rights and compassion ahead of knee-jerk tribal loyalty.