While the current violence in Gaza was brought on by the killings of three Israeli school boys by persons still unknown, the match that lit the Palestinians was the murder of an Israelis Arab by burnt to death, again by persons unknown, presumably an act of vengeance for the prior killings.
In a civil society on either side of the West Bank, one would police investigations would have taken place to sort out the facts and bring the perpetrators to justice in the court system of Israel since in both cases the victims lived in Israel not Gaza. Sadly terrorism has been the default position.
In Israel the calls for a kind of Old Testament vengeance has come with typical Israeli militaristic precision, bombing homes and killing over 100 civilians thus far. Hamas on the other hand started this fracas by launching missiles into Israel which have not caused any loss of life, so far.
So as typical of violence in this part of the world, Israel’s capacity to kill is out of proportion to what the hated enemy can do. It’s like Al Capone in the old days in Chicago killing off his competition be it fellow gangland dudes or cops. In this case the state terrorists of Israel have the edge.
Israel has such a disproportionate edge in the tools of violence largely due to US economic and military assistance. The USA is the largest purveyor of such weapons in the world! And any suggestion that we dial such support back from Israel would cause the Jewish Lobby here to go catatonic.
So sadly the cycle of violence will rain down on the Palestinians like battle of David vs. Goliath. We’ve seen this picture before – nothing seems to change. Collateral damage and blood flows in the streets of the Fertile Crescent from Jerusalem to Baghdad, from Damascus to Gaza.
Since all involved pray to the same God albeit with different texts, one wonders what God is thinking about his/her beloved peoples?
I also wonder why progressives who find multiple reasons to fault the USA, seldom apply that yardstick to Israel. A double standard?