Keith Brooks
International Business Executive Living and Working in Israel

We aren’t turning the other cheek

Did people worry about the German civilians when the Allies were bombing Germany? Different times required different measures? So World War 1 was just a beta practice war?

Did anyone demonstrate against dropping the bomb on Nagasaki? Hiroshima was a fait accompli, but the US did it again three days later. In a different era, no one knew about an event until afterward. 125-250,000 deaths from the Atomic bombs.

During the US Gulf War, over 100,000, possibly up to 200,000 regular everyday citizens died. Where was the world crying for them?

What about the citizens in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and other places during the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda post 9/11 called “The War on Terror”? An estimated 363-387,000+ everyday citizens died. (

Does anyone care about Ukraine? It has been over a year in modern times, and most of the world shrugs even as about 10,000 citizens have died in Ukraine alone.

But Israel even moves a soldier towards Gaza, and people are upset. Pro-Palestinian rallies spread across the world, across US college campuses, and you think this will change if Israel, yet again, stops what they are about to do in Gaza?

Jewish blood is no longer cheap. It comes at a high price to us, and there will be casualties while we exact our revenge on the terrorist organizations that committed these atrocities.

Even after the atrocities Hamas terrorists committed, people have the audacity to say, “we don’t believe it”, or they don’t care what they did because, you know, Israel deserved it.

Where, when, who did anything like this in the Holy Land?

You know who?

Not Jews, but the “local Arabs” in 1929 at Hebron (

And then the ‘local Arabs’ did it again in 1948 at Kfar Etzion (

If you want more details about “modern massacres in Israel,” again, NOT by Jews, but by the “local Arabs”/PLO/Palestinians or whatever other name you want to call them, go look at this list:

The illegal border crossing terrorists of Hamas did it just now in 2023. And this time, Israel has finally reached the end of their patience.

Say what you want, but in modern times, terrorists play modern games, and the Hamas terrorists put it all on social media because they are proud of what they did. The Germans at least tried to hide what they did.

Kamikaze pilots just wanted greatness for themselves and the emperor. Their families were treated well afterward. Hamas has ensured their families will all die with them.

And yet there are people in the world, even Jews, self-hating ones, but Jews who worry about what will happen to the poor Palestinians that are now conveniently in the way.

They should ask Hamas, not Israel.

Do you know why?

Thanks again to everyone’s favorite terrorists, Hamas, they have blocked the exit routes for their own people to reach safety. Nice guys, those Hamas terrorists, they want to kill all their people and themselves.

All of this so Israel can be blamed. I have news for them: the world doesn’t care if you haven’t noticed.

We could kill one terrorist, and the world, especially the BBC, would blame it on Israel anyway.

All that UK TV license money to develop programming for your citizens, and you can’t even tell people the truth about what happens in the world when you have the chance. Just say the word terrorist, please, so we can see the BBC has some morality left inside of it.

Have you ever watched the tourism videos or footage of Gaza city? It is a city! There are no refugee camps like people imagine them to be there, and there haven’t been in decades.

Jenin camp, according to this UNRWA website(, the picture from that page looks like a proper city/town to me. What do you think?

Nor do any of the other 19 “refugee camps” look like a field of tents or shanty towns with temporary housing.

These are cities/towns.

Please, don’t believe me.

Go to the UNRWA site ( click on each of the 19 links, like I did, and then let me know what you see. I see cities/towns.

The photos of each site, and some look like the same photo, were not taken in the better parts of town, but it looks like the area I stayed at in Naples a few months ago. Maybe not where you want to be, but it is still a city.

Does Israel want to hurt anyone aside from Hamas terrorists? No, of course not.

Why is Israel held to some mythical standard that NO ONE ELSE in history has ever been held?

I think many of you have read the New Testament instead of the Old Testament and are trying to impose your Christian beliefs on us, which will not happen.

The New Testament says in Matthew 5:38-40:

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ [a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.”

The Old Testament quite clearly states in Leviticus 24:19-20

If any party maims another [person]: what was done shall be done in return—

fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The injury inflicted on a human being shall be inflicted in return.

One of the Israeli Army’s guiding principles comes from the Babylonian Talmud, San Hedrin page 72A “The Torah says if someone comes to kill you, rise and kill him.”

והתורה אמרה אם בא להורגך השכם להורגו

Lastly, there is Exodus 21:14

וְכִֽי־יָזִ֥ד אִ֛ישׁ עַל־רֵעֵ֖הוּ לְהׇרְג֣וֹ בְעׇרְמָ֑ה מֵעִ֣ם מִזְבְּחִ֔י תִּקָּחֶ֖נּוּ לָמֽוּת׃

When one party schemes against another and kills through treachery, you shall take that person from My very altar to be put to death.

We aren’t turning the other cheek because that is not what we do.

I pray that all our soldiers come home safely and soon and complete their missions to rid the world of this evil so we can finally have peace.

About the Author
Keith Brooks made Aliyah in 2014 with his wife, 3 kids, and their dog. Keith writes about his Aliyah, Israel and Jewish life in general. Keith is CEO of B2B Whisperer, helping executives become better speakers and presenters. Keith advises B2B companies on their strategy as it relates to sales, pricing, marketing and competitive intelligence. Keith is a MassChallenge Israel mentor, an HCL Ambassador.
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