One of the reasons I started writing a blog in the first place, some 6 or 7 years ago, was a deluded notion that I could always find a 3rd way when everybody was stuck in a dichotomous argument, that I could transcend the issues, take a view from above, and at least bring something original to every conversation.
As to what happened in Gaza today, I doubt that I can. I hope I find myself on the side of the majority when I say I am absolutely horrified by the actions of the Israeli army, firing on unarmed civilians and murdering at least 52 of them. (thousands were injured – the death toll could still rise) This is completely unacceptable. The Palestinians have no army, no navy, no air force, they live behind barbed wire and are absolutely no threat to Israel.
One thing for sure. Jews, of whom there are probably less than a grand total of 20 million world-wide, and of whom there are only 4 or 5 million in Israel, do not deserve the amount of attention the world pays to us (I am half Jewish. My mother was Jewish.) We are not God’s chosen people, because there is no God. There will be no battle of the end of the world at Har Megiddo, because prophecies are nonsense. For many (like me) Jewishness is more a coincidence of genealogy than a religion. We certainly are not secretly in charge of the world’s finances.
There are lots of good, and brilliant people who are Jews. There are, apparently, a lot of shitbags, too. Today, we saw the shitbags. Today, Israel is an embarrassment to Jewish people everywhere.