I had a depressing conversation with a young man (thirties) last night.
I had just heard the report that the “kidnapped” soldier was dead and that, as I had expected, Netanyahu had lied about him right from the beginning. His purpose was to use the soldier to get President Obama to authorize more war, and, if you saw Obama’s Friday press conference, it worked like a charm.
It’s so obvious. A soldier disappeared after an ambush. There was no body but there were remains to be tested. Israel could either wait and see if the soldier is among the remains or rush to tell the world and President Obama, with no evidence, that he was “kidnapped.” It chose the later. Then, after the tests were completed, Israel quietly announced that the soldier was dead all along. Meanwhile another 200 Palestinians were killed.
This is so loathsome on so many levels, including Netanyahu’s propensity to exploit the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens to initiate the war and then the death of a young soldier, he was a kid too, to prolong it. As for the war itself, words fail. If you can look at the pictures of the dead children of Gaza and still support this war, you are hopeless.