Do They?

One of the saddest comments on the human condition is the famous quote from Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir: “We will have peace…when they love their children more than they hate us”

My question today is – do they?

What bothers me about the current situation in the Middle East is the “world reaction”. I’ve heard a lot of condemnation of Israel, a lot of talk about “disproportionate response”. But what would the world community have Israel do? Is it reasonable to ask a country to sit idly by while a terrorist group launches hundreds of rockets and mortars across its border killing its civilians? What would we, as American citizens, expect our country’s response to be if a terrorist group was on the border of Mexico doing the same thing to us?

I was talking with a friend about this earlier today and I think he said it really well. If Hamas stopped killing Israelis today, Israel would stop. If Israel stopped today, Hamas won’t stop. Maybe they will for a few days or weeks but not for good. And that’s really the whole root of the problem in the Middle East. Israel would be content to live in peace with its neighbors. But Israel’s neighbors won’t be content until Israel ceases to exist.

So I guess the answer to my question is – no.


One thought on “Do They?

  1. This Crisis became a crisis when Israel responded to the senseless rocket attack escalation by Hamas from various locations in the Gaza Strip. While Hamas was just indiscriminately lobbing a few rockets a day into Israel it wasn’t a crisis; never mind that it was killing Israel’s men, women and children. Never mind that it was disrupting an entire countries right to peace and self defense. Never mind that the innocent Gaza Strip occupants allow Hamas to indiscriminately bomb Israel with their smuggled in rockets every day. Never mind that Egypt allowed the building of tunnels from Egypt into the Gaza Strip for the smuggling of rockets and munitions to use against Israel. Never mind that Hamas is openly sworn to the destruction of Israel. Now that Israel is responding, it is suddenly a crisis and disproportionate.

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