The ongoing Israeli & Palestinian conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian latest round in the ultimate revenge war for someone’s great great x 20 grandfather, is a kidnapping of three students. As usual the Israeli military is ordered to round up Palestinians because someone knows who did this . . . . Blah blah . . . Same story different detail. Three kidnapped teens explain Israel Palestine conflict, is the title of the linked article.
Through the years I have gone from the fundamentalist taught view that Israel is the God given land of the long suffering and persecuted Jews to a neutral observer. These are two peoples who according to Biblical story telling come from the same forefathers way back in ancient history. Abraham is an ancient name found in the religious writings of both the Jews and the Palestinians. The hatred these two groups have for each other manages to involve other Nations who take sides. In the U.S. the Fundamentalist Christians and the Mormons side with Israel – for their own reasons which don’t really coincide with the Fundamentalist News. Fundamentalist Christians and Mormons believe in the end times – the great return of Jesus Christ. The last great battle will take place in the Middle East (Daniel and Revelations prophesied these events), if one is to take the mythology of the bible as literal.
Israel has a Neocon at the helm. He was around when the Neocon think tank came up with the “Clean Break” working paper which was the playbook for the war on Iraq. A destabilized Middle East was deemed to be good for Israel.
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (commonly known as the “Clean Break” report) is a policy document that was prepared in 1996 by a study group led by Richard Perle for Benjamin Netanyahu, the then Prime Minister of Israel. The report explained a new approach to solving Israel’s security problems in the Middle East with an emphasis on “Western values”. It has since been criticized for advocating an aggressive new policy including the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq, and the containment of Syria by engaging in proxy warfare and highlighting their possession of “weapons of mass destruction.”
The trigger for Israel’s latest round of pounding the Palestinians back to the stone ages could have been anything – the Israeli troops need practice and whatever group or organization who did the actual kidnapping is still unknown. Look this is an old patriarchal battle. And this will not be the last time that some trigger event will happen so that collective punishment of the Palestinians can be used once again.
There are peace activist on both sides who want to stop the violence. But as each generation comes along and they learn the religion of hate – peace doesn’t have a chance.
I feel sorry for the families of the kidnapped teenagers and for the families of the two Palestinian teenagers who were gunned down by Israeli soldiers perhaps (direction of the bullet makes that the likely shooter). The death of the two Palestinian teens was caught on video. They were walking along and then dropped by a single shot – which suggests sniper skills. The kidnapping could possibly be payback for the death of the teens? Who knows, really? Right now the collective punishment is adding credits to the payback due of this ancient conflict. Repeat in a few weeks or months – different details, same players and same outcome. The cycle of violence is never ending.
What would happen if the roles were reversed in the Israel/Palestine story?
The search for the missing Israeli teens goes on. Why has no Palestinian group not taken credit for the kidnapping which is triggering the brutal response. Odd? Something about this story is not adding up – but then mass hatred on both sides never makes sense.
Update 26 June 2014:
The Israeli Army is searching for the missing boys. The article link wonders if this search has another objective? Water and land will always be in dispute in this geographic region. Why empty Palestinian’s water resources? Why hasn’t any group or organization claimed responsibility? I feel sad for the parents of the missing boys and the families of the children killed by the Israeli soldiers. There is so much ugly hate on both sides. This sort of deep hatred is learned. The Israeli soldiers probably seem like terrorists to little children. Siblings can get into horrific fights. Rather like what we are seeing right now.
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