According to commentators who condemn Israel’s “disproportionate” use of force against Hamas, the fact that Israel is a Western-style democracy and Hamas is a terrorist organization seems to hold zero moral weight in the justness of the two parties’ causes.
Initiating random acts of aggression also appears to entail no moral culpability. Hamas started the latest conflict, as Israel’s enemies always do, but the world will never take it to task for doing so.
Also playing zero part in justifying support for one side or the other are the honor and consistency of the two sides. Israel regularly offers humanitarian ceasefires and sticks to them; Hamas occasionally accedes to ceasefires and always violates them. But Israel never gets credit for its conciliatory stance, and Hamas is never punished for its capricious rejection of peace offerings.
No, the most important factor in determining moral culpability in the minds of the Israel-bashers is: how many people your side killed. The fewer people you killed, the more righteous your cause; the more people you killed, the less righteous.
Conversely, the more people on your side who are killed, the more just your cause; the fewer killed, the less just. How convenient.
The Palestinians have suffered 1,900 casualties, and Israel has lost only 64 people. Israel is a monster!
Related to this simplistic body count factor is how successful your side is at protecting your residents from attacks by the other side. The worse you are at protecting your people, the more you get off scot-free; the better you are at saving lives on your side, the more you are to blame.
A corollary of this twisted standard is that primitive foes of Israel without sophisticated missile detection and destruction systems like Israel’s Iron Dome get less blame than those that are more technologically advanced. This inverse technology-culpability relationship dovetails with the fact that more advanced societies have more reliable weapons, and thus cause greater damage to their enemies’ territory, than those with more makeshift operations.
In other words, if you want the world to defend you against Israel, don’t learn how to defend yourself.
But the most perverse element of the Israel-bashers’ calculus is the backwards manner in which they factor in the impact of the warring parties’ comparative systems of government. According to leftists’ accounting system, the more tyrannical the government that one side elected, the less we can expect of them in the way of observing international conventions of war and humanitarian concerns. The more freedom-upholding the government the other side elected, the more we must expect of them in the way of sacrificing their interests to those of barbarians.
For example, when Hamas terrorists station rocket launchers in playgrounds, hospitals, and mosques, and trick Palestinians into staying put when Israeli attacks are imminent, the world sighs, “We don’t expect any better from Hamas.”
But when Israel takes pains to avoid civilian casualties, often at the expense of casualties on its own side, yet inevitably leaves behind damage in the wake of its attacks, the world accuses it of war crimes and genocide and pressures it to agree to suicidal ceasefires.
In a nutshell: Hamas intentionally houses its military operations in densely-crowded residential enclaves; Israel warns residents to leave before bombing those neighborhoods; yet the world blames Israel anyway for wantonly destroying people’s homes.
Note that the world isn’t just holding Israel to a higher standard, then allying with Israel against Hamas as the lesser of two evils. The world actually expects Israel to sacrifice its right to self-defense to prove how noble it is, and to submit to Hamas because Hamas is so morally degraded it can’t behave any better.
Israel also gets slammed when individual rogue actors who don’t reflect the government’s stance engage in revenge killings, even though they are subsequently condemned by the government and the nation. When Hamas supporters do the same thing, Western journalists tell us that they were provoked by an intolerable longstanding arrangement involving their displacement by Israel—a lie even the Palestinians don’t believe—and so any kind of bad behavior on their part is justified.
To sum up: If you’re an enemy of Israel, the key to winning international approval is getting more of your civilians killed, failing to protect them, and using them as human shields; remaining technologically primitive, stifling the economic activity and scientific innovation that would generate the wealth and knowledge needed to fund and develop an advanced military; and not giving the world reason to believe you will behave any way other than barbarically, so that they’re never disappointed when you live down to their expectations.
If you want the world to hate you, just develop your weapons defense systems, fulfill your duty to protect your citizens, and live up to a civilized moral standard.
- Ringleader Admits: Hamas Funded Kidnapping and Murder of Israeli Teens (frontpagemag.com)
- Israel’s agenda to steal all Palestinian land: Author (theiranproject.com)
- Netanyahu lays out Israeli case for morality of Gaza campaign (timesofisrael.com)
- Negative Shift in Millennials’ Attitude To Israel Draws Concern (jpupdates.com)
- Seven “Deadly Lies” about Gaza (wearechange.org)