I make no secret of the fact that I am a huge fan of Nick Kristof‘s opinion pieces in the New York Times. I always find his insight timely and unique. Today’s column was no exception. Kristof takes an innovative look at the conflict in the Gaza Strip by examining historical antecedents in Britain and Spain. He goes on to make the case that Israel must change its long term policy.
Look, when militants in Gaza fire rockets at Israel, then Israel has a right to respond, but with some proportionality. More than 200 Gazans have been killed, three-quarters of them civilians, according to United Nations officials; one Israeli has been killed. In any case, Israel’s long-term interest lies in de-escalating, not moving to the ground war it now threatens. – Nicholas Kristof, NYT
His argument is compelling: peace works best when provocation and unreasonable retaliation is limited. With Today’s announcement by Israel that a ground invasion is underway, perhaps it would be best for Israel to consider the long-term consequences of its actions. Attempting to eliminate Hamas by drowning it in violence will only give rise to more extremism and will ultimately hurt both sides. If it is peace that Israel seeks, it must adopt a new strategy – as Mr. Kristof argues. Images such as these [WARNING: Graphic] do nothing to advance Israel, they only serve to further fuel its critics.