Haaretz via Truthout.
This article helps hammer home the point that we don't know what is going on except for what our media reports to us.A state that takes such steps is no longer distinguishable from a terror organization. The harsher the steps, the more monstrous and stupid they become, the more the moral underpinnings for them are removed and the stronger the impression that the Israeli government has lost its nerve. Now one must hope that the weekend lull, whether initiated by Egypt or the prime minister, and in any case to the dismay of Channel 2's Roni Daniel and the IDF, will lead to a radical change. (...)
The legitimate basis for the IDF's operation was stripped away the moment it began. It's no accident that nobody mentions the day before the attack on the Kerem Shalom fort, when the IDF kidnapped two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from their home in Gaza. The difference between us and them? We kidnapped civilians and they captured a soldier, we are a state and they are a terror organization. How ridiculously pathetic Amos Gilad sounds when he says that the capture of Shalit was "illegitimate and illegal," unlike when the IDF grabs civilians from their homes. How can a senior official in the defense ministry claim that "the head of the snake" is in Damascus, when the IDF uses the exact same methods? ...(more)
I don't know what to make of all of what is going on. The more I hear other's well thought out opinions I find myself sympathetic to the plights of all involved. I really can't pick any side over any other, not totally anyway. I would just wish to stop the senseless self-defeating death and destruction across the board.
Who started what or who wronged who more is incomprehensible and irrelevant at this point. All sides are wrong and are pursuing policies that can only exasperate the situation more. All sides have suffered heavy losses and on their current paths they can only lose more.
Who will be the first to have the courage to stand down and end the cycle of senseless violence?
That's really all that matters now, isn't it?