My friend wanted to know what I thought of the article and so I print my opinion entitled "Common Humanity" below.
After my opinion I paste an article "These murders reawaken Israel's deepest fears" by Anshel Pfeffer of the "Guardian" which I thought summarized the Jewish plight, conundrum and despair concerning the saga of bitter conflict and never ending hostilities between Palestinians and Jews.
What can be said that has not been said before? If the world were like we war would not be an issue but much of the world is not like we are. I am truly glad I am not in a position of power and that I do not have to make the profoundly awful decisions sending the young out to kill and/or be killed.
It is no secret to those who know me that Hitler's Holocaust of the Jews of Europe shaped my politics and it is no secret that honesty must dictate the admittance of my love for Israel as a Jewish state. These are my, actually our (my friend is Jewish), people who for 2000 years have suffered the onslaughts of a hell that cannot be described. I cannot abandon my essence.
Having said that that does not mean I am impervious to suffering and injustice anywhere it exists and that is no less so for the Palestinian people irrespective of the constant monologue of rationales from both sides for war. My heart aches for all those who grieve because I know what the loss of those whom I love is.
It means, too, that I support a two state solution, and an end to the settlements but just because I do it surely does not mean those settlements will end any time soon. In the mix are my thought and deep conviction that I loathe religious fundamentalism wherever it exists. Fundamentalists are uncompromising, cruel, bestial and extreme and that pertains to Jewish ultra-Orthodox fundamentalism as much as it does to Islamic fundamentalism and Christian fundamentalism as well.
In truth all fundamentalists would want me and those like me stoned to death. Fundamentalists deny science, believe in the truth of myths and made up stories as divine, they eschew compromise, and, in the end, they negate the human decency that civilization has honed over centuries of uncivilized barbarity and brutality. Fundamentalists crush man's thirst for knowledge through the questioning of everything and the advancement that new knowledge brings.
There are moderates everywhere and I surely hope they prevail. It is, therefore, because of many realities that I support the Jewish state as a Jewish state but recognize the rights of Palestinians to live free and free from fear in their own state.
In the final analysis, I abhor man's inhumanity to man wherever it exists because in reality it denies the common humanity of us all.
These murders reawaken Israel's deepest fears
For its citizens, the foundation of the Jewish state was meant to ensure their children would never again be taken away