(I received this today from Israel, on day two of the assault on Gaza).
I’ve been driven mad by this whole thing since yesterday, literally in a state of shock, not believing that the so-called “moderate” leadership of Olmert, Livni, and Barak, could actually give the go-ahead to such a bloody operation. And now, despite the unbelievably disproportionate and unjustified punishment of innocent civilians, Livni and Olmert feel they can’t back down until “Hamas realizes it made a mistake”. They’ve dug a hole for themselves so deep, and hundreds if not thousands of graves for the Palestinians, that it will take a lot to get out of right now. I fear many more will lose their lives. The International Community MUST react immediately, and not wait again 34 days like it did in Lebanon in 2006.
…I don’t think I’ve ever been as ashamed of being an Israeli as I am today. And it will take me some time to fully understand the twisted logic that lead these criminal-leaders to act as they did. The absurd of it is, that they (Olmert, Barak, Livni) are pushing us to vote either Meretz, or Likud in the next elections. I no longer understand what the Left, or Center-Left stand for. Their behavior is worse than any of the other parties, certainly today.
…I cannot even bring myself to apologize on behalf of my country, because at the moment I cannot fathom affording them this benefit. Perhaps Israelis truly do not understand what the alternative to peace is, and need to relearn it once more. Perhaps the only way Israelis will awaken from this self-deception and self-pity, is by feeling the consequences of war. Perhaps only when thousands of Israelis, civilian and soldier, will die, will we truly consider our actions. These are horrible words to say about your own people, and your own country, and I pray I’m wrong.
Please continue to believe that there are still many in Israel who are appalled and shocked today, and are ashamed.