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It's Time to Finally Have an Honest Conversation About Israel

Robert Franklin

Posted on May 20, 2021 02:35

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"I believe it has a glorious future before it -- not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization." -- Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America, 26 May 1952

For the last week-and-a-half, tensions between Israel and Gaza have, once again, ramped up -- their hot-cold seventy-plus year conflict violently activating for the umpteenth time and burying the region in a necrotic haze of acrid smoke, lifeless human tokens of brutality, and blood-stained civilizational ruination.

As of this writing, the tally is 12 dead in Israel to around 220 in Gaza, nearly one-third of whom are children.

The current re-escalation of violence in an area so familiar with it is itself tragic -- no one in their right mind could even attempt to make the point it isn't. However, May 2021's chapter of the tome in which this story is being written is sounding just like the others before it, where the hero is the (allegedly) perpetually-oppressed, hyper-violent underdog Israel -- the darling baby brother of the West -- and his oppressor is the sinister, uncouth, super-villainous Palestine, where incidentally, most of the bodies in this conflict almost always seem to be piling up.

Sifting through eight decades of unrest, violence, and Old Testament imperialism is a huge undertaking for a 500 word opinion piece -- and really anything beyond the borderline neurotic dichotomy between the United States and Israel is just journalistic fodder, anyway -- and while that isn't to say that Palestine, and particularly Hamas, are blameless in both current and previous periods of escalation, there is a point where this conflict outgrew the religiosity and the contentious borders and turned into an ethnic cleansing of sorts, with Israel playing the role of extreme aggressor.

So at what point does the government of Israel become a terrorist organization? How many bodies does it take for the European Union, the United States, or any assembly of Western governance, for that matter, to recognize even a single Israeli war crime? How much blood has to compose the Israel-Gaza border before any Western nation decides even a sanction to two might be in order?

When are we going to acknowledge that there is no actual existential threat to Israel anywhere in the world?

It's unreasonable to assume the United States would participate in reigning in Israel. After all, as mentioned, there's an intense relationship between the two and even though it's a little late, the U.S. is about to give the country it basically created a $735 million birthday present to continue their subjugation of Palestinians and whoever else may have a bone to pick with the most heavily-protected apartheid government in the, well, free world.

America being America aside, it's long past time to start having honest conversations about Israel's ideas of foreign policy, because as utopic as a two-state solution may be, it will ultimately mean nothing unless someone can get the Israeli government to stop sending its military out to genocide an entire ethnic population that just want their homes and their culture back.

A right to exist, and defend oneself, goes both ways.

Robert Franklin

Posted on May 20, 2021 02:35

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