Gaza is a tragedy – yet the question of how to respond is complex.
One of the hardest questions in morality is how to respond to the criminal who is holding hostages. Do you just give in to their demands? Don’t be deceived here: that’s what happening in Gaza; rather than use the opportunity of de facto independence to work towards a viable country – and there are a LOT of countries with a lower population than Gaza’s – Hamas choose to put its efforts into terrorism. The result: several wars, massive destruction and an ecological crisis. Hamas has controlled the area for 12 years – it is responsible for the mess; in effect it is weaponizing the civilian population – as the Arabs have been with the refugees from 1948. If the resources that have been expended by Hamas in building tunnels, rockets, fire kites etc had been put into the creation of desalination plants, then the present ecological crisis could have been avoided.
‘Rights’ can only exist when there is a body who is responsible for their provision. In the case of Gaza no such body exists, and there are many other parts of the world where things are worse. Yemen is similarly approaching unlivability; the difference of course is that it’s so dangerous there that it is not being reported on.
The blockade consists of two elements:
1) The people can’t leave. Given that noone wants them, that’s inevitable. They have no where to go peramanently. But note substantial numbers enter Israel every day for work; there’s a large crossing that does that.
2) Cargo. Clearly given the propensity of Hamas to use any and every opportunity to attack Israel, it is not reasonable to expect free access to the territory for whatever the terrorists want to import. People who demand this are clearly aiding and abetting terrorism.
Gaza is merely one of many humanitarian disasters across the globe, many involving vastly larger numbers of people. It is to the credit of the Israelis that the environment is safe enough that Western journalists to report freely on the situation. By contrast:
Central African Republic
Boko Haram’s Nigeria
are all territories where western journalist are excluded, and any amount of suffering, as criminals fight for control, persists. Buying into the Arab gameplan and focusing on this situation to the de facto exclusion of the others is deeply flawed. Supporting terrorist organisations should always be a no-no. God command submission to the lawful authorities; to do otherwise is to rebel against Him. As Christians we are called to obey what God has commanded; endorsing the behaviour of other rebels is to endanger both them and even ourselves spiritually.
Meanwhile Hamas has rejected medical supplies from Israel: ‘The Supreme Committee of the Great Return March said Wednesday the Palestinians would not accept medicine “from the murderers of our people.”‘ If that’s not sinful abuse of power, I don’t know what is.
Yes, millions are being held hostage in Gaza. Yes, Israel is not perfect. However overall the suffering of the hostages is result of the choices of Hamas. That people made desperate by those evil actions are being recruited by their abusers to make their plight worse goes to show the depth of the evil.