Many of you agreed with my view that Israel should not have paused its attacks in return for the release of hostages. And many of you didn't. Some of the most interesting views below.
I never ceased to be amazed that there are rabid antisemites in this day and age. That one comment you highlighted--calling you a pig--is appalling.
They need to cut off the head of the snake in Qatar.
WHY no one question $$$ & political motives behind ALL of this is the astonishing aspect to me. Who stands to gain the most out of this and who is making $$$
How could anyone think this Israel/Hamas situation could possibly have a "good" or "right" solution? From the safety of our homes in America, it's easy to pontificate about the Middle East. Israel is a tiny island in the middle of a sea of deadly, never-ending hostility. Even with those who have finally been trying to get along and be peaceful, there remains a deeply rooted and often thinly disguised hated for Jews, there's no getting around it. I worked in the Middle East for 10 years: two in Iran, followed by 8 in Saudi Arabia. I was a teacher and my students were Iranians, Saudis and many Palestinians. I knew them well, I was in their homes and I heard their discussions. I spent a lot of time not only in many surrounding Middle Eastern countries, but also in Israel. So I knew a lot of the players and saw it all play out in front of me, over and over, the tension was always there. There's a lot of hatred all over this part of the world, not just towards the West, but tribal hatred towards each other. My Sunni students in Saudi Arabia described some of the Shi'ite students as "worse than dogs". And obviously they were all disdainful of Jews and of Israel. After all the years of knowing these people, I'm finding it hard to have much sympathy for the Palestinians in general. They are perpetual "refugees" and perpetual "victims" because that's the card they play and that is how they have been programmed to think. And what I also learned is that virtually all the other Arab nations don't like them, they see them as troublemakers they don't want in their country, and they are disdainful of the Palestinian "cause" despite what they may proclaim publicly. Yes, there are many wonderful Palestinian people, I knew a lot of them. A lot. But I have to question why they elected Hamas in the first place because they knew full well what was in the Hamas charter: kill Jews and eliminate "the Zionist entity" as they called Israel.
So Bibi and the Israelis are in a terrible situation because Israelis value life, and Hamas and those who think like them do NOT value life, sometimes not even the lives of their own children. What parent with our Western Judeo-Christian values could cheer the martyrdom of our own child? So Israel is rightly determined to eliminate Hamas, but they are compelled by their ethical and moral code to save their own people who are hostages. Hamas is playing the hostage card to the hilt and appear to be taking advantage of Israel, but I believe Israel has more cards to play in this sickening chess game. Bibi will be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't manage to rescue the hostages. This "pause" isn't good, but it seems that Bibi at least had to try to get back as many hostages as possible. After he has accomplished what he reasonably can with unreasonable people, then I would say that Bib should give ample warning for civilians to leave, and then let loose on the deviants called Hamas.
Never negotiate with terrorists! After that, I am really hoping Israel agreed to a halt because they feel like they already degraded Hamas to the level they intended to with this counter-attack into Gaza. (I don't know that, and Israel should never disclose that...but I hope to hell that's why they stopped the attack)
All of this handwringing and pearl clutching happens with such regularity that you’d think we would have learned the simplest lesson soonest: negotiating with terrorists empowers them. Every. Single. Time.
And now we’re re-learning the lesson which Jefferson had to teach the Barbary Pirates in 1801. Nothing has changed for the people in that part of the world in 220 years.
All our comments are clearly well thought--even those with whom I disagree. (Except for the jerk with the "Zionist" comment.)
It's all well & good to proclaim "Do not negotiate with terrorists," UNTIL IT'S SOMEONE YOU LOVE. Your child, husband/wife, mother/father, sister/brother.
I don't know what I'd do if it was someone I love who was held hostage. Don't tell me it would be "patriotic" to sacrifice my soldier-son/daughter--or someone else I love.
This is how terrorism works. There are no good "solutions."
Israel lives in that part of the world where it can be fatal to fail to observe the old Roman motto of "Oderint dum metuant." Let them hate me as long as they fear me. Israel made the colossal mistake of forgetting that the Islamic MO has not changed since 700 AD. When Christendom was ascendant, it bore the brunt of Islamic murder and mayhem but now that the Jews have reinstated their official presence in their restored country, the long knives have been out for them on and off since 1948. If Israel were correct that the attack on October 7th was of an "existential" nature, then the response to it should have been massive and devastating which it hasn't been and probably never will be. It was incumbent, for example, for Israel's defense forces to have largely vaporized Gaza before the usual hand wringers and fair weather friends of theirs like the US would have gotten their chance to hector and cavil them at every turn. Given that so-called Gazan civilians, who overwhelmingly support Hamas and the other terrorists, participated themselves in the slaughter of innocents, any concern for their safety and well being betrays a lack of follow through on the goals the Israelis set forth in the aftermath of the attack. My own view is that Israel needed to channel the likes of General Curtis LeMay and CIC Arthur 'Bomber' Harris in terms of prosecuting the war notwithstanding the seemingly atavistic nature of such an invocation. Right now, Israel needs to stop playing defense in accordance with the dictates of the so-called international community and do something unexpected and spectacular to redress how debilitated they are mentally and physically so that its neighbors will once again take cognizance of the need to leave Israel and Israelis alone. I have my own thoughts about what such actions might entail but I will leave it there for others to ponder.
But really, I hope you will stick to covid shit, and the fertility statistics you wrote about a few weeks ago, rather than throwing your hat into the very overcrowded geopolitical analysis ring.
Like it or not, your substack is a product, and you should know your customers. The reason I am paying for it is not just that you are a swell guy, which I'm sure you are, but because of your incisive and uniquely well informed coverage of covid and the incestuous relationship between Big Government and Big Pharma that you can hopefully unveil even further as your lawsuit progresses.
I really couldn't care much less about the Israel-Hamas war, or the Russia-Ukraine war for that matter, and if I wanted to, which I don't, I could read about them for free in any number of places. So the more your substack focuses on those, the more you are selling me a product I don't want at a price higher than the competition's, and the less likely I am to renew.
You'll have to decide whether you're likely to pull in other subscribers who have other interests than me, but unless you are going to differentiate yourself by somehow lining up a bunch of well-placed sources in the Middle East, I just don't see why your efforts as a geopolitical analyst / armchair war correspondent would be any more valuable than the many others out there.
After Covid, I'm surprised but not shocked. To watch friends, neighbours and family turn against the unvaccinated like my spouse and I, Nazi Germany came into focus. Our thoughts and prayers to Jewish people everywhere. Long live Israel!
i love that Alex does these summaries of comments. It’s refreshing to feel like a part of a conversation... not just lectured to. Thank you.
I don't know what Israel should do. She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't as Jews have been historically. It seems only Jews are both oppressed and oppressor and no matter what, they never win. Despite being overly successful as a people overcoming all this garbage. You can't have people succeeding, you know. Everybody must be the same and that means destitute while a tyrannical fascist government (controlling major corporations) have power. That appears to be the goal. I'm sure the reason was to retain support of the west which was shaky at best. Incredibly. All horrible.
Alex, I urge you to follow/read/watch Max Blumenthal on TwitteX. The truth: IDF fired on Israelis. If you disagree with his in-depth investigative reporting, please respond.
Israel is holding 3,000 hostages, Hamas perhaps another 200. And just how reasonable is it that with every discussion of Israel's right of self defense, the right of Gaza to self defense is never mentioned. Israel got paid back for 75 years of terrorism and much to no surprise, they don't like it a bit more than the Palestinians. The terror and murder of innocent Jews on October 7th was more of a function of the IDF and the Hannibal Directive than that of Hamas. Once again, Israel is not the victim, they just want to pretend they are.
Dropping bombs on civilian’s houses is NOT TERRORISM? What kind of monsters could believe that?
What you Zionists want is the end to your victims, ownership of their land, the canal, and the gas field. Anyone who supports the extermination of the Palestinians is no different from the Nazis. By which I mean you ARE a Nazi . Seig Heil you greedy murderers! You disgusting TERRORISTS!
That’s always the key question in any policy proposal-what comes next? Nobody has found the policy that can realistically answer, “Palestinians and Islam will respect others and live peacefully with them.” That’s the core problem.