>I have to admit, I’m non-plussed these days by the rhetoric on both sides of the current situation. I’m afraid that in a classic lack of understanding, the Palestinian cause continues to not just lose but be obliterated in the PR world. Whoever their press agents are, they should be fired. Should have been YEARS ago. And, it migrates down to everyday people.
Israel is NOT “defending itself”. That rhetoric is old tired and false. And, while Israel may be a terrorist nation, no one is being won to the Palestinian side by hearing it over and over again. But, the one that disturbs me the most is the much-propagated thought that Israel is in a battle with Hamas. This is the most dangerous idea that has been allowed to take root.
If you want to win hearts and minds (in the US particularly), stop expressing support for Hamas. Stop talking about Hamas at all. The reality is that Hamas is barely even a factor in this equation. We know that, right? But, most people outside the region have no idea. They see this as a “war” between Hamas and Israel. The really don’t get that that’s like saying the guy with that straw shooting spitwads is at war with the fellow over there with an RPG launcher… Israel has declared war on the Palestinian residents of Gaza. They don’t ask to see Hamas ID Cards before shooting. They don’t point rockets at Hamas strongholds. They point them at schools, hospitals, and mosques. So, Palestinians, please change the conversation. Stop talk of Hamas in its tracks. Whether you support them or not, move the dialog away from politics and toward humanity. People are the ones being harmed – not Hamas.
At the end of this current conflict, Hamas will be stronger than ever, society will be more polarized, and Israel will be less – not more – safe. Don’t worry about Hamas. They’ll come through this just fine.
But, do worry about the Palestinians in Gaza. Speak for them. Make your voice heard. And, change the conversation now by getting rid of rhetoric and beginning honest conversation as people.