Israel is committing genocide against Palestinian civilians. This policy will corrupt the soul of Israel, destroying the nation and its future far more than any external enemy could ever accomplish. Read about it at Counterpunch:
I am not anti-semitic, nor do I stand against Israel's existence as a nation.
However, I am sickened by the hate that appeared in The Times of Israel in the blog post titled, "Genocide is Permissible," which argued that genocide against the Palestinian people is acceptable. The author of this hate literature has recanted and apologized, but the venom and dehumanization in his heart remains.
Wise Israelis have long recognized that their crimes against Palestinians constitute a dire threat to their existence as a people of God. Perhaps that is what has driven the diaspora of moderate Israelis out of Israel.
My comments are not intended to condone Palestinian violence, but rather to contextualize the rage and dispossession experienced by people who have been forced to live in "concentration" like conditions. At least, that is how Cardinal Martino, president of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, described living conditions in Gaza in 2009
Dispossession fuels rage against oppressors. By extending settlements in the West Bank, by limiting Palestinians' mobility with walls and weapons, and by responding disproportionately against unarmed civilians (including children), the Israelis have become agents of dispossession.
Peace based on a viable two state solution is possible if only the parties were committed.
The violence must stop and as the agent of strength and dispossession, Israel must take the lead.