Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony

Both Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres said back in the 1990s that they wished Gaza would just go away, drop into the sea, and you can see why. The existence of Gaza is a permanent reminder of those hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes to Israel, who fled or were driven out through fear or Israeli ethnic cleansing 60 years ago, when tidal waves of refugees had washed over Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War and when a bunch of Arabs kicked out of their property didn't worry the world. . . .

Yet if more than 300 Israelis had been killed—against two dead Palestinians—be sure that the "numbers game" and the disproportionate violence would be all too relevant.

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