Isn't it true, from our earliest years we feel obliged to choose a side: what group to join at school, which football team to support, what political party to vote for. We human beings find choosing "a side" very tempting.
Today, to raise one's voice, in view of the massacre perpetrated in Gaza is, and I write this with conscience, France's duty.
Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup has emerged as the latest target of an undeclared alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel that with the war in Gaza has sharpened political fault lines in the Gulf.
With the exception of a few courageous journalists, the American view of Gaza -- the posture of looking away with pity and calling it "heartbreaking" as if the wild disparity of deaths did not exist -- has been an abortion of moral responsibility. It testifies to a poverty of leadership almost as desperate as that of the Israelis and the Palestinians half a world away.
My view may not have been so different from that of Maureen Dowd, who once wrote that President Obama had to look deep into his soul to determine who he was. In her view, he emerged with the realization that he was Barry, president of the Harvard Law Review.
The Qataris, in particular -- who never met a radical Islamist group they did not like -- fully understand the value of the abduction of a soldier to Hamas, and will do little or nothing, regardless of Kerry's pleas.
During my working years in the nation's capital, wars between Israelis and Palestinians came and went, and I didn't fret. "There is nothing I can do," I kept telling myself, until this war happened. This war is different. This is the war on children, and I'm now a mom.
Narratives that are not being told is also a theme in Evron's work "Endurance," the final film in a trilogy. Each film has an architectural reference and foundation, but explores issues of identity and existence differently.
Like Putin, Netanyahu comes across as a "my way or the highway" rogue, disdainful of international law and organizations while committing gross human rights violations--such as killing bunches of children in UN schools. Who is to stop Israel?
The Israel Defense Forces will do their part. It is now time for the international community, led by the U.S., to do its part. The violation by Hamas of the 72-hour ceasefire agreement must serve as a reminder: Without an overseeing body mandated to prevent Hamas from rearming, we will find ourselves in a worse situation down the road.
There are things that I am against and things that I am for. I am against extremism, no matter who it is. I am against violence, no matter the excuses. And I am against a one-sided view, no matter how convincing you think it is.
To understand this you could hardly do better than watch CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer's country club invocation of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir this week to suggest Palestinians are forcing Israel to kill their children.
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The difficulty won't disappear. We can't have it both ways: There seems to be no way to reconcile earnest opposition to the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinians and the assault on Gaza with support for the protection of Tel Aviv from Hamas rockets.
"Really?" the reporter asked. "You honestly don't hold out hope that there is a peaceful solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?" And that's when I went off the rails with the truth as I had learned it six years before.
Only the United Nations General Assembly can mobilize world opinion. Nothing else seems likely to break the deadlock.