Whenever the happenstances like those going on in the Israeli – Palestinian situation at the present time occur one can only think of the movie Groundhog Day. If not that then clearly one must think of the street definition of insanity which is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Here’s the script: one side starts the interchange by doing something that offends the other side; the other side strikes back, and then the sides go into an uneven form of battle and the end proves Israel is the victor in the battle but is the loser in the eyes of many in the world whose sympathy is with the pretty much defenseless Palestinians. Their arsenal consists of erratic missiles fired off from the ground that fly off into who knows where until their fuel runs out. They are up against a most modern army with guided missiles launched from planes, drones, and hardened facilities that hit within inches of where they are aimed. It is a David Goliath battle but this time Goliath is with the Israelis and David has only the sympathy of others as a weapon.
The Palestinians will find comfort in the outcry around the world against the bully Israeli’s brutality. The usual characters will run across the stage shouting “the horror, the horror.” But all the sympathy in the world from all of those who simply don’t like Israel or others offended by the carnage inflicted on the young and old, women and children, and two dollars won’t buy a decent cup of coffee at one of those upscale coffee joints.
Not all the world will be in sympathy with the Palestinians. The American Evangelicals will be strongly pro-Israel. Although the logic in that escapes me. I thought their ultimate hope was the destruction of Israel and its people which must happen before the Savior returns.
My fundamental confusion with the whole matter which we have seen before, as I’ve indicated, is why do the Palestinians start a battle that they know they will lose and many of their citizens, young and old, women and children, will needlessly lose their lives. Even if you admit they have a reason to be upset because of Israel’s continual gobbling up of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and lands on the West Bank responding by going into a fight you will lose and many of your folk will die seems foolhardy.
Machiavelli noted it is better to kill a man’s father than to take his land. The hope to recover the land passes on from generation to generation. The Israelis have been taking Palestinian lands for decades. The Israelis will continue to take the Palestinian lands as long as they wish. The Palestinians have no ability to stop it. The grievances and gripes will continue forever.
As long as I can remember the Palestinians have been in a card game with the Israelis and each deal gives them a losing hand. I suggest Israel will not be forced by arms to change and that it will never be forced to give up what it has taken. Shouldn’t that recognition, and the recognition that too many Palestinians have been killed, be the starting of an eventual peace deal.