Pardon Me For Wanting to Live
Please forgive me. I am a Jew, an Israeli, and I know that I – as well as my fellow countrymen/women – cannot ever seem to get it right! You gave us a couple of days’ grace to get rid of those pesky Hamas weapons caches and we really did hope to get the job done quickly and surgically. But when the death-toll on the Gaza side of the border surpassed 100, mostly innocent adults and children, we knew you would think we overdid it. I am so sorry that our intelligence, good as it is, wasn’t enough to lead us immediately to all those secret storage places above and below ground. And I weep for those Palestinian families who have been irreparably torn asunder.
I also want to beg your forgiveness for not having been killed. With our deplorable Israeli chutzpah, we developed the Iron Dome that seemingly magically neutralizes most of the hundreds of missiles Hamas sends our way. Maybe we should deliberately misfire (or neglect to fire since they are too darned expensive) a few of those anti-missile missiles and let some Hamas rockets make their mark, preferably the ones aimed at heavily populated areas. If enough of us will have the decency to die, then you might accept that this really is a defensive war on our part. But no! We are a stiff-necked people indeed!
Now, please help me understand something: We unilaterally evacuated Gaza in 2005, dismantling 20 thriving agricultural communities, leaving the agricultural infrastructure intact and operational just in case Gazans might want to assume responsibility for them, given that they had been working with their Jewish neighbours over the decades we were there. But they tore down the greenhouses and probably ripped up all the computerized irrigational systems and then claimed unemployment status and the world’s sympathy.
So, while Gaza is now judenrein, we are still being accused of occupying Gaza. I am sorry my little Jewish mind just cannot wrap itself around that concept. I know this is important because that is the reason given for why the Israeli towns and villages nearby Gaza have been under missile fire almost daily ever since then, and why we are being labelled aggressors in this most current of wars.
Oh, so we’re not really occupiers, you correct, but oppressors? That is because we have restricted the movement of Gazans at sea and across border crossings into Israel? I’m sorry. You are right. We should keep all transport avenues open for the import of weapons and export of suicide bombers. How inconsiderate of us! I know that not all Gazans are terrorists, but we haven’t quite figured out how to make our borders selectively permeable without the admittedly awful border checks.
In short, please forgive me for being a Jew who just happens to want to live and watch my grandchildren grow up. I know that it would be more politically correct for me not to run and hide at the next siren and stand outside in the hope that one of the missiles sent by Hamas gets through our anti-missile system and adds me to the statistic of dead and maimed Jews that will either qualify our response to existential threat as “proportionate” or provide the pictures of bloody victory that Hamas needs in order to agree to a ceasefire.
Image Credit » This is my own photo.