Despite the calls for solidarity, the Gaza conflict is alienating increasing numbers of American Jews from Israel and from the organized Jewish community, which equates being Jewish with a monolithic political position on Israel.
Emily L. Hauser
Emily L. Hauser is an American-Israeli writer currently living in Chicago. She has studied and reported on the contemporary Middle East since the early 1990s for a variety of outlets, including The Chicago Tribune and The Daily Beast. She can be followed on Twitter: @emilylhauser
I do not for one moment doubt Israel’s right to self-defense. But this isn't the first time Israel has pounded Hamas, and judging by the record, more destruction in Gaza won’t bring Israel more security.
Amnesia, or even insanity, must lie behind Israel’s constantly repeated, but spectacularly ineffective, reliance on massive military force when its citizens are abducted.
The 21st century municipality is a political construct that is an affront to the Jerusalem to which Jewish hearts have turned for millennia.
When senior American officials in Kerry’s team say they didn’t know Netanyahu’s government was committed to the massive expropriation of land and to stay in power – what on earth did they know?
Israel should be the one place where the memory of the millions of Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust is respected and not exploited by false analogies that frighten and coerce.
It's less and less clear the Israeli government wants to end the festering conflict with the Palestinians - and their latest tripwire is the delayed release of Palestinian prisoners.
Every day that Netanyahu avoids Israeli reporters is another day in which he treats the democratic process - and his own people - with shameful scorn.
It may be depressing to read yet more reports of price tag attacks, but the costs of ignorance - and of abandoning the Palestinians under attack - are far worse.
Sharon and his worldview of endless war represent all that is most painful about Israel’s history, for me.