Yes, I can understand why people around the world are angry and terrified about what is happening in Gaza to the Palestinians.
An important message for the world to hear from the IDF International Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Richard Hecht. pic.twitter.com/e9rmcgLgex— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 15, 2023
There will be a ceasefire when Hamas unconditionally surrenders. If you hear your legislators ask for a ceasefire, tell them to pressure Hamas to surrender.— Ethan Wolf 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@ethanmwolf) October 14, 2023
For those wondering what “from the river to the sea!” actually means, it’s a genocidal call for the elimination of all Jews between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. This, on the streets of London today, and every day in universities and cities across the West. 🤢 https://t.co/WNVTLQcp7H— Ben Goldsmith (@BenGoldsmith) October 14, 2023
Even writers I respect greatly, like Hamilton Nolan, are writing things like this - Young Morality and Old Morality.
Our political leadership has been silent on addressing the social cleavages within our own society, and how we figure in to a newly unstable global order where slogans no longer cut it. The next decade will be utterly transformational. https://t.co/95mMKl4nBf— Michael Kempa (@MichaelKempa1) October 14, 2023
Yesterday, I was in Times Square for a rally in support of the endangered citizens of Palestine. Most of the people there were young. But there were also quite a few elderly people, some hobbling on canes, who had painfully dragged themselves out to stand and be a part off the supportive crowd. Because they knew it was important. Because they understood what is at stake. They were not there to compete with the young, to mutter snide takedowns of the speakers, to talk about why the rally should have been framed differently in order to attract the support of more moderate figures in Washington. They were there because people are dying. They had perspective. They had wisdom. I hope that we can all get there, one day.
thousands of Americans in Texas, Arizona, and California—slaughtering babies, raping women, and taking hundreds of hostages back to Mexico. What lwould do? Would we give Mexico electricity if the group accidentally blew up its power plants trying to fire rockets at us?— Trinity Votes 🇺🇦🇮🇱🇺🇸 (@TrinityMustache) October 14, 2023
There will always be a balancing act between keeping your soldiers safe and complying with international norms/the Geneva convention/basic moral decency— Angry Staffer 🌻 (@Angry_Staffer) October 15, 2023
Nobody is perfect, but some countries try a lot harder than others. 2/2
... there is the altered military and political context. While Hamas has long been Israel’s sworn enemy, in previous wars with Hamas Israel sought to target and eliminate Hamas leaders, degrade Hamas military capabilities, and punish it so that it would be deterred from launching future strikes. It did not seek to destroy Hamas, fearing what might emerge in its place.This time, stung by the unprecedented brutality of the Hamas cross-border attacks, the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, now supported by a “war cabinet” including opposition politicians, has vowed the complete elimination of Hamas. The Israelis have also mobilised on a much larger scale, calling up some 360,000 reservists, compared to the 57,000 involved in 2014. The Israel demand that Gazans leave the northern half of the Gaza strip and flee to the south for protection, suggests a far more wide-ranging military incursion than took place in 2014.
A ground war in the Gaza Strip will test the will not just of Israelis and of Hamas; but of the world. It will certainly test the willingness of Gazans and Palestinians living outside Gaza to continue to support the war aims of an unelected regime that has brought hell down on their heads, not for the first time, but perhaps for the last.