I despair about the sheer hatred coming out of the blogosphere against Israel.
Ultimately, Israel was founded as a place for Jews to return to, to escape hundreds, thousands of years of being persecuted.
For their trouble, they were immediately invaded by 5 armies. They have fought wars since, many deliberately designed to try and overwhelm the tiny nation before defenses could be rallied.
The enemies of Israel did not play nice, and still do not.
Having figured out that Israel would defend it’s existence in a way that no Arab army could match, tactics were changed. Arab nations decided to push those of their fellow Arabs who left Israel as a result (direct or indirect) of their own actions into camps. Some (the better ones) are in the West Bank and Gaza.
Those in Arab nations are immeasurably worse.
Israel has tried again and again to make peace. Time and time again they have been pushed back.
They have tried to passively contain the threat. They built walls to keep out those carrying weapons into their country intent on killing civilians.
Those walls are called “illegal”, even though they have saved hundreds of lives.
They tried ceding controversial territory, pulling out settlements from Israel – even those where Jews had lived since long before the foundation of the Jewish state.
In response, they have received a barrage of rockets. These rockets have been fired year after year and have now reduced a third of the population of the 2 nearby cities to nervous wrecks. (One particularly loathsome blog post I saw even implied that the people in those cities were evil. Why? They left nations like USSR, where antisemitism was state policy, to come to Israel.)
Finally, Israel decided to do something about it.
Yes, people are dying. While Hamas need only look at commonly available maps to aim their rockets at the nearest kindergarten, Israel has compiled extensive databases of phone records, so they can give warn innocents to get away from their targets.
There are extensive videos online showing mosques, schools, houses being exploded by Israel’s bombs, then exploding again as the ordinance stored in those public buildings goes up.
Yesterday, 30 children were killed in such an explosion in a UN school.
Their blood is on Hamas, one of the most disgusting collections of human beings in the world. A group that would quite happily finish the work begun by Hitler if given the chance. I stand against the propaganda that wants us to believe that those lives that Hamas takes are somehow Israel destroying another group like Germany tried to destroy them.
I stand against Hamas, without question or reservation. I stand against people who walk into crowded markets to kill those there. I stand against people who would spit on those who give them what they ask, because what they really want is to kill the giver. I stand against the treatment of Arab nations of their own people, of nations that demonize a racial group in order to extend their tyrannical power.
While I respect people who have different perspectives, some of the twisting that is going on is insane, sick.
Apparently, we should be worried about the children being killed. Well, of course we should – let’s start with those rockets aimed at kindergartens? No?
How exactly can these people continue to claim to not be anti-semitic?
Israel is killing innocent people, it’s true. But it’s Hamas that’s putting those people in the way of the bullets.
Update: This was published by accident last night, I was still thinking about whether to publish or review etc. I guess it’s out now, so I’ve added something to the last sentence to make the ending make sense.