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Israel and Gaza: Moral clarity, moral fog

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At least 250 rockets have been fired at Israeli targets from Hamas-controlled, Iran-supported Gaza in the past 24 hours. To be clear, the goal is maximum death, destruction, and havoc.

Two centuries ago, the German poet Goethe said: “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” For some observers of this latest round of attacks from Gaza, it’s as true today as it was then.

The polar-opposite differences between Hamas and Israel couldn’t be greater, yet, while a number of governments, including the U.S., have strongly condemned the attacks, it wouldn’t necessarily be obvious when listening to certain other foreign government officials, such as in Turkey, much less media outlets like BBC and The Guardian.

For some, it’s about absurd, 50-yard evenhandedness and moral equivalence, as if there’s no distinction between arsonist and firefighter, terrorist and intended target, tyranny and democracy. As if on September 1, 1939, German-Polish “clashes” occurred or, on December 7, 1941, Japanese-American “violence” erupted.

Or, still worse, it’s all, and always, about Gaza’s “innocence” and Israel’s “guilt” — essentially, one fine day, with nothing else to do but plan how to provoke peaceful, serene Gaza, the big, bad Israelis decided to attack.

That, by the way, is a perfect illustration of reverse causality. Hamas has triggered a new round of conflict, based on lies about Jerusalem and abetted by religious incitement from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Yet that’s quickly forgotten, if ever it was remembered in the first place. The focus instead becomes on the suffering of the Palestinian people and Israel is quickly blamed, rather than the very Palestinian leadership responsible for the violence and escalation in the first place.

Indeed, Goethe was right. There are those who can’t, or won’t, see........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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