Steve Wenick

The immorality of drawing a moral equivalency

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken deceitfully stated, “Israelis were dehumanized in the most horrific way on October 7th. The hostages have been dehumanized every day since. But that cannot be a license to dehumanize others.” Michael Oren responded appropriately, “When Secretary of State Blinken accuses Israel inaccurately, unfairly, and libelously of dehumanizing Palestinians, he dehumanizes us and contributes to the delegitimization of Israel and the demonization of Jews worldwide.”

What an utterly outrageous statement for him to make. Israel has sacrificed soldiers because she has taken actions to minimize civilian casualties. The IDF is the most moral military in the world and puts its soldiers at increased risk to save civilian lives, actions that no other army takes.

Blinken continued his verbal foolishness by drawing a false equivalency between Gazan and Israeli civilians. “The overwhelming majority of people in Gaza had nothing to do with the attacks of October 7th Antony, and the families in Gaza whose survival depends on deliveries of aid from Israel are just like our families. They’re mothers and fathers, sons and daughters – want to earn a decent living, send their kids to school, have a normal life. That’s who they are; that’s what they want. And we cannot, we must not lose sight of that. We cannot, we must not lose sight of our common humanity.”

Blinken’s description of the civilians of Gaza, which paints them as no different from Israelis, is as offensive as it is untrue. Israelis do not vote terrorists into office to govern them, Israelis do not mutilate and then parade their victims’ remains in the public square to cheering mobs, and Israelis do not hand out celebratory sweets when their enemy dies in battle.

What Israelis do, is protect their citizens by eliminating those who would harm, murder or deny Jews the right to live in peace in their ancestral homeland – Israel.

About the Author
Since retiring from IBM Steve Wenick has served as a freelance book reviewer for HarperCollins Publishing and Simon & Schuster. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, Jerusalem Online, Philadelphia Inquirer, Attitudes Magazine, and The Jewish Voice of Southern New Jersey. Steve and his wife are residents of Voorhees, New Jersey.
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