It’s time to stop. It’s time for the Israeli government to step up and think outside the box…make a bold and courageous move and make the necessary concessions to the Palestinians. You won’t be rewarding aggression, you will be claiming the moral high ground and saving lives…generations worth of lives. This is the only way this conflict will end and the only way Israel can step on the right side of history.
And the Obama administration needs to take the lead on this. There are countless moderate voices within the Israeli population that are yearning for peace and for rational decision-making. Netanyahu and his ilk must go and the American government and the moderates within Israel must do this NOW.
Enough. It’s time. The government of Israel has become what they fear most, a despotic instrument of terror that is out of touch and out of control. They have rightfully responded to repression in the past with force, but that time has long since come and gone. They are now like the bully who responds to being hit with a pebble by blasting their weak attacker with a shotgun.
There is no way the United States government can continue to support this current tragedy in Gaza. As Gershon Baskin said in a recent New York Times editorial “This was not inevitable, and cooler heads could have prevailed.” We are clearly on the wrong side of history here and on the wrong side of the moral compass. Yes, Israel has a right to defend herself from rocket attacks from Hamas and yes Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel but has the decades long offensive against the Palestinians taught us nothing? This ridiculous schoolyard tit-for-tat has become a lightning rod for Islamic fundamentalists and radicals throughout the region and has further threatened the security of the United States.
Stop the offensive in Gaza RIGHT NOW, remove Netanyahu and bring a moderate voice to the table, make the tough concessions that are needed to remove this cancer in the middle east and move forward. As the photo above shows, we are long past the time for nationalistic pride on both sides…it’s time to end this conflict…swiftly and courageously.