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Disinfo has posted a lot of articles and arguments condemning Israel and their actions in the past few weeks. But the most recent video from Abby Martin at Russia Today has me questioning some things. It showcases a debate between Max Blumenthal (journalist and author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel) and Morton Klein (president of the Zionist Organization of America).
For one, and I have to bring this up, is that Martin was by no means an impartial moderator. Her intentions, despite what she may have claimed, were not to showcase another side to the argument. But with her track record of condemning Israel, who would actually expect her to be impartial? Instead, it seems that the interview was meant to discredit all Pro-Israel arguments. The right questions weren’t asked and it was simply a rehashing of old arguments with no true insight given to either position.
Disinfo has been entirely one-sided in this argument, as pointed out to me by some readers. It’s simply not solid journalism on Disinfo’s part to continually pump out Israel condemning rhetoric. So, I’m hoping to add a bit of balance to these arguments by posing a simple question. One question that wasn’t asked in Martin’s debate, and one that hasn’t been sufficiently asked or answered through any media outlet, is this: what exactly is Israel supposed to do? I’m going to take a look at that question in this post, but I’m also asking you. What exactly is the appropriate response to Hamas’ aggression? Obviously bombing carelessly, as Israel has been doing, isn’t the answer.
By David Post The Washington Post:
Perhaps I’m missing something in all of the outcry over the Israeli action in Gaza, but what, really, is Israel supposed to do? What’s the right response to having a country on your border that sponsors – openly – rocket attacks on your territory, and has built a network of tunnels under the border and a whole terror infrastructure from which its operatives can enter the territory and attack your citizens? How would we respond if Mexico did this – not just some rogue band of Mexican “drug lords,” but the Mexican people, acting through their elected representatives? Or to make the analogy closer, what if it were the Navajo Nation, from inside the borders of their territory in New Mexico. How would we respond? How would any country (other than Israel, I guess) be expected to respond?
War is ghastly; innocent people get slaughtered for no damn reason at all, it’s horrible to see and to contemplate; and whose heart does not go out to the parents of all the kids who have been killed? But I can’t get my mind around the notion that anyone other than Hamas bears the full responsibility for this horror.
That one of their demands that helped spark this crisis was that Israel open up the border with Gaza – Hamas rejected one of the early Egyptian ceasefire proposals because they insisted that Israel open up the border first – borders on the absurd, in a particularly cruel way. I could imagine any number of demands Hamas could make of the Israelis, demands that it is not inconceivable the Israelis could actually agree to: that Israel pay them money for reparations, or build them an airport, or support their entry into the WTO and the UN, or any number of things that countries do for one another in this world, whether out of altruism (rarely) or blatant self-interest (almost always). But open up the border? How could Israel possibly agree to that, when they know – and everyone knows – that Hamas operatives are trained in the murder of civilians and would be happy to have freer entry into Israel?
Here David Post is laying all the blame on the Hamas regime. Can I say for certain this relies all on Hamas? No. Because it doesn’t. The Palestinians have been living in deplorable conditions, and I can empathize with their resentment of the Israel state. The amount of Palestinian children that have been killed in the past few weeks is egregious. I, for one, cannot condone such killings and bombings of hospitals and schools.
Furthermore, there is a complicated history of antagonism that runs deep between Israel and Palestine. Whose fault is this mess? Some may argue that it all stems from Israel taking land, but that argue delegitimizes Israel’s right to a state as much as the West has delegitimized Palestine’s right.
So, I come back to my initial question. What should Israel be doing? I don’t expect them to just sit on their hands and wait for Hamas to stop. It’s seems to me that Hamas has no intention of backing down. But at the same time, I don’t think recklessly bombing Palestine is the answer. Is there any right answer? I certainly don’t have it. Or maybe I’m missing something and the answer really is that easy.
In essence, I implore you to be aware of propaganda on both sides of this dilemma. Let us remember to be critical of all articles and arguments (yes, even this one) that we may come across. I’m by no means arguing for the violence that Israel has inflicted. In fact, I tend to side with the humanitarian argument. But my question remains: What is Israel supposed to do? What would your country do?