When Rightest claim the Left is out of touch, I usually take it at face value, but when it came to this discussion, I was appalled. After reading constant diatribes against Israel ranging from being a "blight" on the World to being an "evil empire" I could only ask a simple question - "How many of you have actually been to Israel, Gaza or the West Bank?" Even though many, many folks raged against Israel using talking points eerily similar to those posted by Hamas, NONE bothered to answer my simple question. NONE! I could only assume then that none of them had actually been to Israel, yet they hold strong opinions about the country and her people. And Progressives accuse Conservatives for being "out of touch!"
A few years ago while in Israel, an international poll was conducted to see what folks around the World knew about Israel. Incredibly, an overwhelming majority thought Israel's borders spanned over half the Arab-World. Many more thought Israel actually "occupied" Arab land (without realizing they were pointing to maps that included the countries of Jordan, Iraq and Iran). No, Israel is not a huge country. It is a tiny speck of land, recovered from the desert and marshes, surrounded by hostile nations that have launched multiple wars against her. And then the best, "Israel is evil. This is obvious when so many poor Palestinians are killed and only a few Israeli's have been killed. This is evidence that Israel is strong-arming the poor Arabs into submission, all by design to continue their war crimes and illegal occupation!" All from allegedly intelligent people! Trust me when I say this....Israel's casualties have not been low due to Hamas efforts. If it was up to them, all Jews would be dead. But again, the Left seems willing to forgive their killers instead of killing them first. Kumbaya, all the way to the grave!
Israel does not "Occupy" Gaza. Over NINE YEARS ago, Israel exchanged Gaza for peace with the Arabs. The Arabs then voted to have Hamas lead them and then the hopes for peace ended. Instead of building an infrastructure that would enhance their citizens' lives, they began spending all of their monies on themselves, weaponry and an extensive network of tunnels. Initially, Israel did not place a blockade on Gaza. But Hamas began importing weapons, including sophisticated missiles capable of striking deep into Israel. So what was Israel to do? Wait, allow Gaza to become the launching pad for future strikes on Israel? How many of these "progressives" ever heard about murder squads assembled in Gaza and tunneled into Israel with the sole purpose of murdering entire families in their sleep? How many know of "hit squads" tunneled into Sinai to attack tourists heading to the resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea? How many are aware that Egypt controls the Southern border of Gaza and they too have closed the border due to threats of terrorism as well? Just as many that have actually been to Israel - NONE! Do they know how many Hamas missiles have been shot into Israel since 2005 (over 11,000!)? How many Americans would accept such actions from neighboring countries? Ah, but some progressives would! But would they?
When will many progressives acknowledge that Hamas exists to destroy Israel and kill every last Jew? Under ANY circumstances, how is this justifiable? Several progressives stated they support the BDS - divestiture movement against Israel because of their "Apartheid Practices." Hmm, with Muslims having voting rights and representation in the Israeli Parliament and representation on the Israeli Supreme Court, sure seems like Israel is a bit different than China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sudan...should I go on to list all of the countries that truly deserve scorn from like-minded progressives? For those that think Israel is evil and no one should patronize anything from there, please stick to your guns. I mean, if inequities guide your sensibilities, don't wear clothes made in the US Mariana Islands, petroleum products that enrich oligarchs, anything made in China, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, and on and on. Selective perception is never a way to go, but the hypocrisy of the Far Left on the issue of Israel is more than disappointing. It is dangerous to America's long-term interests.
I'm not saying Israel does everything right, no nation does. But in a World filled with death, starvation and human rights violations, singling Israel out for trying to protect itself against enemies sworn to destroy it, is wrong. As President John F. Kennedy once wrote, "Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom." Like anyone else, I wish for peace throughout the World. But when some dedicate their lives to murder others, there shall be no peace until those with such designs change their ways or are destroyed. When it comes to Israel, Jews will fight to protect their country, their values, their religion, their culture and their land. Kumbaya that!