The point of no return

I’m afraid that when it comes to Israel, Palestine, and a Third Intifada, we may be approaching it:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “respond harshly” after five people — three of them U.S.-born rabbis — were killed in a synagogue Tuesday by two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers, an ax and a gun.

The incident was the latest violent event in the tense city where relations between Arabs and Jews have been deteriorating for weeks over a contested shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Netanyahu immediately ordered the demolition of the attackers’ homes, as well as homes of Palestinians who carried out several recent attacks.

Those demolitions, the unreasonable response to an unjustifiable attack that was just the latest attack in a decades-long cycle of unjustifiable attacks and unreasonable responses, will only spur another attack, which will in turn spur another response, and around the wheel we go. An oppressed people lashes out in ways that only deepen its oppression, while the oppressor reacts in ways that only ensure that the oppressed will keep lashing out, with no end in sight.

2 thoughts on “The point of no return

  1. A friend is just back from a long trip to the Holy Land, all hopped up on slogans about “The Arabs are not descended from Ishmael so the Promise to Abraham does not include Islam and the Koran commands all Believers to kill Christians and Jews so they should just go back to Saudi Arabia where they came from.” We have not had the opportunity to discuss the slaughter in Jerusalem, but I know that it will not end well.

    It’s the usual thing with bigots, in some respects he’s a super nice guy – but he and people like him are working really hard to ensure that the Eastern Mediterranean end in bloodshed and tears.

    1. I love the “THEY’RE JUST MAKING IT UP!” Ishmael argument, as though Genesis were a real-time chronicle or something. “Their origin myth is totally made up, whereas ours is 100% true and verifiable in some unknown way!”

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