It is difficult to watch a war in real time. And the facts, and the causes, and the solutions all play second fiddle to the horror and tragedy of war. It makes compelling TV. And we learn nothing.
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Bloodshed can produce more bloodshed and retribution, but if seized properly, it can also increase the pressure on the international community to take a second look at a sustainable and effective plan for deescalation.
How many people have to die before the United States, The U.N., and the entire International Community has the moral courage to step in and says enough is enough?
There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.
Hamas is a murderous terror regime which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and even worse - cruelly exploits the desperation of its own people, the Palestinians that it's supposed to lead and protect.
I woke up to a siren today. You know how you come to hate the sound of your alarm, the one that lets you know the night's up, it's time for work, for kids, for the day to start? So you change it every few months, and you definitely hit snooze at least twice. There's no snooze button for sirens.
Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.
You can never achieve a lasting peace if a major player in the conflict is excluded from the process. If Netanyahu will not muster the courage for a creative long-term strategy, the next escalation with Hamas is only a matter of time.
Palestinians want to live normal lives. They want to be able to provide for their children and see their children's children grow and prosper. It is not, as the Israelis would say, that the Palestinians have chosen death. Rather, it is that the Israelis have never allowed them the chance to choose life.
The notion that Israel and Hamas "trade" attacks, or the consistent need for journalists to mention deaths in Gaza alongside "rockets raining down" on Israel, mask the reality of the situation on the ground.
Words just don't cut it when describing what it's like to be caught outdoors when an incoming missile alert siren sounds.
I have whiplash from reading this article and that -- in support of Israel, condemning Israel, condemning Hamas, condemning Palestinians, condemning Israelis.
With rockets targeting all of Israel's major cities for the first time in history, everyone here seems to agree that it's time for a paradigm shift -- that the goals of this conflict should amount to more than just buying time with deterrence before a fourth round of even deadlier violence.
In essence, Israel wants to achieve what every invading army wishes to achieve -- attaining the best for the colonizers and the crumbs for the subjugated people.
For those of us like myself who care about the well-being of all people on the planet, not only my own Jewish people, but all peoples, the high toll of Palestinian civilians is horrifying -- more than a thousand civilians already wounded according to Palestinian sources and two hundred fifty Palestinian civilians and two Israelis dead.