Reports like this, this and this really annoy me. And that's not even withstanding what time of year it is (from my own culturally determined perspective).
The Arab-Israeli conflict is an all-round tragedy where people on every side suffer and die for political ends. Even entering into discussion on the underlying conflict can be futile, so wouldn't I be best advised to avoid it where at all possible?
Apologies in advance to all sides, but this is something on which I can't defend the actions of either set of participants: destruction is destructive.
I have my own opinions about what should be done, what can be done and how it is possible to go about doing it, but I will refrain from making any statements in this post (if you wish to draw me into discussion, please use the comments). I don't think the situation is intractable, but it is definitely trapped in a cycle of violence in which each side co-exists in mutually-dependent antipathy.
When will the politicians of the region stand up for common humanity?
This is a subject and a theme to which I think I am bound to return.
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