The Morality & Geopolitics of Israel’s Bombing of Gaza — Thoughts on Discourse Moving Forward
It’s been one month now since October 7, 2023, when Hamas launched its heinous attack on Israel, killing approximately 1,200 Israelis, and taking 200 hundred hostages. It’s also been a week since Israel launched its ground invasion of Gaza.
This month has been difficult for many. Because of that, I once again write about this topic with great care. The intention here is to promote dialogue that aims to listen to different perspectives.
I interact with a lot of Jewish students and many of them are severely distressed. They most certainly do not deserve any hatred or blame. I feel the utmost sympathy for them. Some — perhaps many — who are protesting for an end to violence in Gaza seem to dismiss their suffering. I am not doing that here.
The Holocaust was a unique culmination of the highest form of violence humanity has managed to express. Its impact on Jewish people should never be forgotten.
We are at a point when discourse around this topic revealed how little we are willing to understand each other, however. It is the intention of this post to show that we can indeed understand where each side is coming from and condemn both Hamas’ terrorism and Israel’s bombing of children in Gaza.
Indeed, we must be able to stand with the principles of international law at this time due to the serious geopolitical and moral implications.
Let me explain.
“Two things are true: Israel must do something, and what it’s doing now is indefensible.” — Zack Beauchamp
It’s worth reiterating some general claims at the outset here:
- Israel is completely justified in defending itself against Hamas.
- Israel has the right to destroy Hamas.
At the same time, many have pointed out that the way Israel is doing this is not only unproductive in the long term, it’s indefensible.
Condemning violence is easy, many say. They would want us to propose better solutions. That is not entirely fair, however. Many are still unwilling to condemn Israel’s bombing of…