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Killing Islamic Jihad Leader Got Israel Nothing. So Why Do It?

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14.11.2019

Once again the sacrosanct unity has come. Once again we are one people, without opposition or public debate, a parade of yes men and cheerleaders in the media, bloodshed with no regrets, as always happens in these sickening, “quiet, we’re shooting,” situations.

Israel fakes a split among the people, which always magically comes together with every killing. We argue about life but agree on death, as long as the dead are Arabs. If we automatically agree this way about every military action, then there isn’t really any polarization or debate, and that’s really too bad.

A Jewish opposition has yet to be born that will condemn a violent action by the Israel Defense Forces when it begins. The resistance comes only when it begins to fail. Then people get up the courage to protest, but it’s always too late. At the start there may only emerge the marginal question of the timing, that refuge of cowards. We should have done it before, it should have been later, just not now; the current operation, for example, is ostensibly tainted by electoral considerations, as if that can be proved.

If the bloodshed is inevitable then the timing isn’t important. And........

© Haaretz