I’m surprised that a thread about the latest developments/devolvements in Israel hasn’t popped up already. What do you guys think about what’s going on there?
I can’t help but think that this latest episode has highlighted a very basic similarity between Israelis and Palestinians. The extremist wings of each group seem to be ruining any sort of chance at peace between them. Hamas and the Israeli settlers who are responsible for burning a Palestinian boy alive are of the same ilk as far as I’m concerned.
What I fail to understand is why we consider Israel a democracy. In what democracy is it acceptable to go door-to-door and detain people simply because they are of the same ethnicity as the suspects involved in a heinous crime? What would happen in this country if my twins were kidnapped by a couple of blacks and then Mean Mother Green and Her Killing Machine rolled into East Oakland and detained every suspected black gang member, while also blowing up a few problematic housing projects along the way?
I don’t blame Israelis for their reaction. I don’t live there, never been, don’t plan on going anytime soon. So I can’t pretend to grasp their mindset. At the same time, why do we unequivocally back Israel? Sure, you’ll hear the occasional condemnation from politicians, but when push comes to shove, we’re still in their corner rather than sitting ringside as a passive spectator. What do we really stand to gain by supporting them, or anyone else in that region?
If we operate under the premise that extremist Jewish settlers like the ones responsible for this Palestinian boy’s death are no better than the Hamas supporters who are most likely responsible for the earlier kidnappings, shouldn’t we demand an immediate and unambiguous rejection of Jewish settlements the same way that we demand Arab governments condemn Hamas and Arab extremism? Shouldn’t we be threatening to withdraw aid to Israel the same way we removed it from Egypt?