Well, if you’re saying that, or reading someone who says that, good. Know that I’m right there with you – or them. I want the war in Gaza to end, today. Same for the war in Ukraine. Same for any war, anywhere.
All it would take for the war in Gaza to end is for Hamas to concede, and wage war no more. If they reached out, through whatever emissary is available – and there are lots of them – and said. “no more war, we are stopping, no more rockets, no more dead Israelis,” then they’d have:
- A nation-state, as they’ve had since 2005 (given that Israel withdrew willingly and has shown no real desire to go back)
- No more dead children in refugee camps, as Hamas keeps storing weapons and military leaders in those places, which is:
- A war crime
- Converting those places into military targets with military value, and targeting them is not a war crime
- Everything they want except lots more dead Jews
Blaming Israel for continuing a war in which the aggressors have not stopped waging war themselves is ridiculous and, really, rather evil. Stop it, people.
It’s worth observing, although it’s not original with me: if Gaza laid down its weapons, you’d have peace between Israel and Gaza. If Israel laid down its weapons, you’d have a lot of dead Israelis. Do the math, when you screech that you just want peace in the region. And this isn’t random supposition – this is based on Hamas’ own expressions on Al Jazeera and other such mediums.
The purpose of war is to get the opposing government (Hamas, in Israel’s case) to concede. There is no other end point unless you want Israel to suffer more. So if you’re going “b-b-b-b-but Israel shouldn’t keep shooting,” you’re trying to encourage the deaths of more Jews, in the short term – as that’s the goal Hamas isn’t giving up on – and more Gazans, in the long term, since the way Hamas gets more dead Jews is through having more dead Gazans. (And you know it, too, since Hamas keeps reiterating that last point, explicitly, over and over and over again… and you just don’t care, and don’t listen, because you’d rather have more dead Jews?)