The attitude of “lets teach them a lesson” doesnt work. How many such lessons has the Israeli govt tried to teach the people of Palestine? To date, how many lives have been SAVED from such tactics?
Violence begets violence. Retaliation breeds retaliation. Men become monsters, honorable soldiers become brutal thugs. Innocent people become tragic victims. My heart goes out to the victims and their communities, on both sides.
Israel has real concerns about self-preservation. A govt must do whatever it can to protect its people. The threat of Hamas, and the PLO before it, and all the splintering factions, are VERY real. They arent launching buckets of rose petals across the border. They are bent on the violent deposition of the state of Israel.
But that hatred didnt appear out of thin air. The Palestinean peole, esp those in Gaza, are kept in a perpetual state of imprisoned anonymity by Israeli forces, under a very heavy bootheel.
There is no easy endgame. If either side simply lays down its arms and surrenders, there is a very real chance of utter annihilation, it would be a regional genocide. Worst fears will be realized. A victory either way would unleash the worst in humanity, after decades of checked violence and false diplomacy.
I dondo think that peace is probable in this generation. But not impossible. I think that we all need to get educated to the reality of the conflict, about the governments and the people involved on both sides. We need to skip the barrage of propaganda and seek a more unflattering truth. And we must teach that to our children. We must show them that Israeli or Palestinean, that they are human beings first. We must plant the seeds of hope today to bear the fruit of peace tomorrow.
I have learned much from the Israel Loves Palestine FB group and the global community supporting it. I first came across it when I saw a random post of the founder posting during an airstrike that hit his apartment complex a few years ago. His words were surprising to me. I found them to be very Christ-like, for an Israeli.