Updated to reflect the actual text of the ad.
A few days ago just about every major politician in Massachusetts signed onto an ad declaring support for Israel’s right to defend itself from unprovoked aggression.
As concerned citizens, we stand with the Jewish community and proudly raise our voices in solidarity with the people of Israel, a brave democracy that has yearned so long to live in peace.
We firmly support Israelâs right to defend her population against unprovoked acts of terror, including the missile attacks launched against Boston’s sister city, Haifa, which have killed and maimed innocent civilians.
We express our heartfelt concern for the safety of innocent people, Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese, who have been hurt most by the brutality of those terrorists who have brought a new level of violence to the area.
We call upon terrorist organizations and the regimes that support them to put an end to the terror. We call upon all who care about peace to join us in our support for Israel as she defends herself against the enemies of peace.
In and of itself, I’ve got no problem with most of it. As stated, I’d probably sign it myself. Self-defense against terrorist bombing? Heck yeah.
But is there nothing more to be said? What do we call this escalation if not a “new level of violence”? Can we really say that “Israel is not at war with Lebanon”, as the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Nancy Kaufman states, since Israel has indeed been bombing the hell out of the whole country, killing hundreds of civilians, displacing some half a million people? Can we just blankly excuse our adminstration’s reluctance to call for a cease-fire? Is what’s going on in Israel’s long-term interests for peace — much less the USA’s?
Any of our elected solons have any more to say on this?