Yoel Bin-Nun

It is your fault, Antony Blinken!

Anthony Blinken in Davos. (YouTube screenshot)

In response to his question: “Do Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian Muslim lives or Palestinian Christian lives, given the incredible asymmetry of the casualties?” New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, quotes the American Secretary of State Blinken as saying:

No — period. I think for so many of us what we’re seeing every single day in Gaza is gut-wrenching, and the suffering we’re seeing among innocent men, women and children breaks my heart. The question is: What is to be done? We’ve made judgments about how we thought we could be most effective in trying to shape this in ways to get more humanitarian assistance to people — to get better protections and minimize civilian casualties at every step along the way. Not only have we impressed upon Israel its responsibilities to do that, we’ve seen some progress in areas where, absent our engagement, I don’t believe it would have happened.

Mr. Blinken:

American lives do not matter more than Japanese lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

American lives do not matter more that the lives of Koreans and Vietnamese.

American lives do not matter more than the lives of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But when you fought to save American lives, those lives were much more important to you than the lives of your enemies.

America did not give advance warning in local languages to Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese citizens, nor to Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan encouraging them to move out of battle zones before they were bombed by the American army. But Israel did this in Gaza to protect civilian lives – without American pressure.

Therefore it is Hamas that is responsible for the deaths of women and children – both in Israel and in Gaza. Israeli soldiers are not the ones who killed them.

It is your pressure on Israel to stop and limit the Israeli army’s offensive in Gaza that is prolonging the war and preventing the elimination of Hamas!

Mr. Blinken, you and President Biden are responsible for allowing Hamas to continue to rule in Gaza, because Hamas controls all the “humanitarian” aid trucks that enter. The essential conditions you had to have set down for Egypt and Qatar before any “humanitarian” aid would be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip had to have been the full release of all the hostages, together with expulsion of all Hamas commanders. Without this, all the pressure you apply on Israel makes you responsible for the consequences.

Wake up and understand!

About the Author
Dr. Rabbi Yoel bin Nun is one of the founders of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He received his rabbinic training at Yeshiva Merkaz HaRav and his Ph.D. from Hebrew University. In 1986, he established Michlelet Yaakov Herzog for training Jewish Studies teachers, especially in Bible instruction. Between 2000-2006 he served as the Rosh Ha-Yeshiva of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati in Ein Tzurim.
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