Pity for Gaza’s Population

My heart goes out to the families of the dead and injured in the Gaza Strip. These include children, women and the elderly, who took no part in the butchery of a week ago that left 1,200 Israelis dead, over 3,500 injured and resulted in the kidnapping of approximately 150 Israelis whose whereabouts and condition is unknown.

Israel had no alternative other than to launch an offensive with the purpose of ensuring that Hamas, an organization comprised of shameless and ruthless terrorists, no longer sits on our border and threatens our civilian population.

We already hear and read the expected and inevitable comments from those liberal, armchair critics, who have never had to rush to a bomb shelter, or see members of their family being kidnapped and dragged away to an unknown fate. Hamas is like ISIS or Al-Qaeda and we must root them out, because they won’t just go away, but will prepare for the next round.

Those critics of Israel’s actions need to be reminded that the West only lives in freedom and peace today because of the sacrifice of those many brave women and men, who gave their lives to rid us of Adolf Hitler and his regime. In order to bring the Nazis to their knees and force them to capitulate, the Allied forces bombed Germany relentlessly destroying some 60 cities and killing more than half a million civilians. Tens of thousands were killed in Dresden alone and over 100,000 in Berlin.

War is ugly. Sadly innocent people die, but as President Biden recounted, Golda Meir remarked to him when he was a young senator that “We have nowhere else to go.”

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.
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