More on the morality of supporting Israel, not the Palestinians

After a fascinating discussion ran at my blog regarding Israel’s legal standing, I did a post saying that, even if I doubted Israel’s rights in the land (which I don’t), I would support Israel anyway because she is a true Western Democracy being besieged by a a malevolent, amoral travesty of a state. Today, of course, the Palestinians gave a bit more evidence that my instincts are good (h/t LGF):

The Sderot Parents Association decided they would not take their children to schools and day care centers beginning Tuesday, until the government changed its policy regarding ongoing Kassam rocket attacks on the western Negev town, The Jerusalem Post learned Monday.

It followed a salvo of seven Kassam rockets that landed in and around the beleaguered town Monday morning. After one of the rockets thudded into the courtyard of a day care center, soldiers scrambled to evacuate everyone inside. Twelve people, including some of the babies, suffered shock and a building was damaged.

Despite the fact that none of the 15 babies at the center were wounded, frantic parents across the city – already furious over the government’s failure to protect them and their children from the near-daily rocket fire – pulled their children out of schools on the second day of the academic year.

In total, seven Kassam rockets landed in and around the western Negev town as Sderot children started their second day of the new school year. The Islamic Jihad said they had fired nine Kuds-3 rockets, saying on their internet site that the attack was “a present for the start of the new school year.” (Emphasis mine.)

You did get the gist of this article, I hope. Islamic Jihad deliberate aimed its rockets at a preschool. When their actions occurred, they boasted about it, making it clear that they had hoped for more destruction. Please contrast this with Israel ‘s recent apology for the deaths of three Palestinian children whom Islamic Jihad had deliberately enticed into a military target zone.

UPDATE: The military strategists who intentionally bomb infants proudly expand upon the righteousness of their “moral” choice:

According to the man, Abu Ahmed, “We definitely planned to increase the rocket fire when the school year opened in order to cause the world to pay attention to the suffering of the Palestinian schoolchildren s and their parents.”

The rocket barrage on Sderot landed as thousands of children made their way to schools and kindergartens. One of the Qassams landed not far from a kindergarten, causing 12 children to suffer from shock.

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“I won’t deny that there is a connection,” Abu Ahmed said, “Although we wish not to emphasize this. There is a connection but it’s not a direct one. Our goal in increasing the rocket fire as the school year opens is to send a message to the Israelis and the world.

“Just like the closure imposed by Israel on the Strip prevents the Palestinians from earning their living and prevents the students from starting the school year normally and makes it difficult for them to buy clothes, bags and equipments – both because of the shortage and because of the economic difficulties – we would like to say that the Israelis will also not be secure in the south, including their schoolchildren.” (Emphasis mine.)

I do hope you caught the algorithm driving the attack there:  “Our kids are having a hard time buying school supplies, so we’re going to make it even by murdering your kids en masse.” Next time you try to find some moral relativism between Israel and the Palestinians, so as to justify either even handed support for both, or abandoning the former to support the latter, read these words again, and think about the choice you are making.

3 Responses

  1. You did get the gist of this article, I hope. Islamic Jihad deliberate aimed its rockets at a preschool. When their actions occurred, they boasted about it, making it clear that they had hoped for more destruction. Please contrast this with Israel ’s recent apology for the deaths of three Palestinian children whom Islamic Jihad had deliberately enticed into a military target zone.

    The contrast, as you say, is the reason why I wrote this post.

    Israel lacking in hate and balance

    Currently Israel acquires all the negatives of killing civilians and none of the positives. And yes, there are positives to killing civilians. The Islamic Jihad, however, acquires all the positives for killing civilians and NONE of the negatives. In the final long term tally, that is not how you defeat the Islamic JIhad.

    As for morality, Israel has a duty to protect her citizens. Not destroying their enemies is a breach of this duty. However, Israel also follows the Talmud and other Jewish tradition, so they may believe differently.

  2. The more I see stories like this, the more solid Israel’s place in the world and the more pathetic its morally confused opponents appear.

    The Palestinians do not deserve a state – any state! What they need is a zone walled-off from the rest of humanity where they can learn and demonstrate that they are ready to rejoin humanity. Leave it up to them to make their own decisions on where they want to go.

    In the meantime, Israel should have not compunctions about automatically returning fire.

  3. […] recently, Palestinians proudly boasted of an attack on an Israeli school, and promised more of the […]

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