U.S. Media Has Suprisingly Little To Say About Excessive Israeli Military Show Of Force
Yesterday when Israel decided to ratchet up their military incursion into the Palestinian area and attack both Hamas as well as Fatah offices and government members, it should have become major U.S. news. Yet it seems as if the July 4, holiday is far more on newsprogrammers minds than this significant MidEast event.
Israel doesn't seem to find either the Hamas or Fatah elements to be either that they wish to negotiate with. The old excuse was that Israel could not negotiate with Yasser Arafat after some falling off point. Now it's back to that standard once again.
The conflict over Jerusalem seems to trigger this. Israel is not really serious in allowing the Palestinians to really have their own government, and wants to maintain a paternalistic domineering of these people, where they will likely never be able to fully have their own government. And even if allowed just this level of self-determination, then Jerusalem is not really open to any real discussion as well.
This is the real problem. The Palestinians never want to give up any claim to Jerusalem, even though they have no legitimate historical connection to this city that was part of the ancient Israeli kingdoms of Judea and Sumaria. And Israel has no real intention of completing the peace process that the U.S. envisions for fear of having to negotiate on this historic city that they do have a legitimate historic claim to.
But there appears to be a racist nature at heart in Israel that seems to think of the Palestinians as less than human. Certainly much of their politics is radical. But still even among the more moderate forces, Israel still finds some way not to further the peace process. In the Israeli press there was a tremendous effort to villify Mahmoud Abbas the last few days. In the U.S. he is seen as a moderate by comparison. But in Israel, he was painted as a radical in disguise the last few days and on a twin political track just like Yasser Arafat. This gives Israel more years not to find anyone to negotiate with for the next few years.
It is surprising how much restraint that Egpyt has shown towards this latest Israeli military offensive which has pretty clearly gone way beyond any effort to secure the release of the captive 19 year old soldier. And the amount of violence proves a military planning of the event far beyond any effort pieced together within a few hours as a rescue mission to free this hostage.
Israel clearly does not want serious negotiations with any Palestinian government towards the U.S. proposed peace efforts. Piecemeal efforts to move away Isreali settlers, etc., only were able to show some showpiece "progress" to the U.S. and the world.
I certainly want peace in the MidEast, but there simply is not the will in the Israeli government to make any lasting peace last. And among the Palestinians there is not the will to contain all violence or terrorism. Even if most violence was substantially contained, then there would still be grounds for Israel to claim that not enough progress has been made.
This is the problem. There is a lack of serious intent on both sides. And the MidEast peace process ultimately will go nowhere, where a large war just like described in Ezekiel 38-40 will be the final result. I certainly hope and pray for the security of Israel. But there also has to be some reasonable accomodation for the Palestinian people as well. They are human beings and deserving of all dignity afforded a fellow person by others. There must be a change of heart among the Palestinians not to resort to violence or political extremism as well as a change in the heart of Israelis to treat Palestinians as a equal human being, not as some sort of lesser second class persons. Many of the people who came to Israel remember prejudice directed against them in Europe. And the Jewish faith teaches great values of equality and dignity. These citizens must extend dignity to the Palestinian people. No humans are perfect, but all are a creation of God entitled to respect and dignity. Mutual respect, rather than dehumanizing violence on both sides is an important first step. The racist dialogue from Iran is just as bad as the racism of Israeli bombs blowing up the Palestinian government, lawmakers, or innocent citizens on the streets or acting as file clerks.