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Hamas has once again attempted to burst out of draconian Israeli policies with violence, and once again Israel has responded with overkill. After the misadventure in Lebanon some of us had hoped that Israel had learned that it was not free to launch expansive military campaigns in response to perceived threats to its security. But they have not and are looking like the military is out of control.
The killing of over 225 people, many innocent civilians, on December 27 is so out of proportion to the claimed provocation by Hamas that it raises the question of whether it was really a campaign tactic by the ruling coalition that is struggling to stay in power. It also raises the question for me of what right does Israel have to isolate, starve and kill those it disapproves of.
Yes, any nation has a right of self-defense. But the minimal impact of the Hamas rocket attack that Israel uses to justify this horrendous bombing campaign is simply does not justify this blitzkrieg.
It is time for the United States, the primary provider of money and armaments to Israel, to cut off any additional aid to them until the end this campaign, accept Hamas as the rightful government in the Gaza and get serious about negotiations to end the madness.
Israel has to stop relying upon violence in return for violence. It has never succeeded and will not now. Hamas will return the favor with more violence, then Israeli leaders will respond with more killing. What is gained with all this? Death and destruction.
Israel get big mileage out of the refusal of Hamas to recognize Israel, but that is a paper tiger. There is no real threat from this refusal and has to be viewed as posturing by Hamas. Israel, afterall, does not recognize Hamas, so there seems to me to be nothing to be gained by shaping policy around that fact.
It is time for the UN to impose sanctions on Israel for its refusal to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and now over its brutal military attacks. Israel is a rogue nation and can no longer tug at our heartstrings as in danger of attack from Arab nations.
Israel is threatened by its own government much more than any external party. If the citizens of Israel will not reign in their government, the world must do it for them.