From my perspective the Israeli’s were wrong to seize land and displace people whose families had lived there for hundreds of years. They are wrong to continue to expand and set up settlements in occupied territories in which they should not be. The justification that god gave them these lands and this is written in the bible is nonsense. I do not recognise the existence of any such god. As an atheist I do not believe in the existence of any such supernatural entity or the worth of the bible old testament as anything other than a fascinating collection of poetry, historical writing and religious ramblings of a minor middle eastern cult. The writings have many sources and authors. The people they came from were largely ignorant and superstitious. They cannot be used as justification for seizing land and callously displacing other people.
However – two wrongs do not make a right.
As the farmer famously said when asked directions ‘If I was going there I wouldn’t start from here.’
But we do have to start from here.
The Israeli State does exist and will continue to exist. As with most countries its conception was based in blood and crime but it breathes. It cannot be wiped off the map.
The wrongness of Israeli actions cannot justify equally abhorrent reactions. The continuing terrorism of the Palestinians is not just unhelpful; it is creating a worse problem. No sane person can justify firing rockets into civilian areas, sending indoctrinated suicide bombers into civilian markets, or kidnapping three innocent young boys and cruelly, callously and cynically murdering them in cold blood.
Two wrongs can never make a right.
The continuing situation has created vicious, heartless monsters out of people on both sides. Hatred has eaten away their humanity.
The only way forward is for both sides to stop the cycle of hatred and retaliation and reach a settlement in which the State of Israel is recognised, the expansion halted, the Palestinian people are allowed their own State and have adequate compensation and restitution. The alternative is to continue in a vitriolic cycle of violence and retaliation in which all are losers.
Surely it is time for this misery to end?