Maybe putting this into a quiz will bring us all to a common point of view.
QUESTION: What Should Israel Do (or Should Have Done) In Response to The October 7 Events?
A. Nothing. Just accept that it happened and move on ___
B. Attack back. Invade Gaza and try to destroy Hamas no matter what it takes ___
C. Attack back. Invade Gaza and try to destroy Hamas but do everything possible to reduce the number of innocent civilians who are injured or killed in the process ___
D. Attempt to destroy Hamas but wait until every possible innocent Gazan is escorted safely away from where Hamas has its military operations or is hiding ___
E. Don’t attack back and focus instead on temporarily moving all innocent Gazans to Egypt or Jordan and then make plans to destroy Hamas ___
F. Don’t attack back and wait for Hamas to “come to its senses” and stop wanting to kill Jews and destroy Israel ___
G. Don’t attack back. Take whatever time is necessary to negotiate with Hamas to return the 240 hostages and to create a peaceful resolution moving forward ___
H. Don’t attack back. Realize that the idea of Israel is a failed and flawed one and make plans to relocate all Israelis to New York City ___
I. Pray that The UN and the rest of the world help protect Israelis AND Palestinians by creating and patrolling a Buffer Zone and work to find new leadership on both sides who will support and create a viable, safe and prosperous Two State Solution as soon as possible ___
Honestly, what SHOULD Israel do? Let’s go through the 9 options presented in this “quiz”.
A. Anyone who suggests this FOR ISRAEL is either dis-ingenuous or somehow unaware that no other country in the world would ever even consider this.
B. Many countries have done this, or would do this.
C. This, despite global perceptions, is exactly the option that Israel has chosen.
D. This is what Israel would love but Hamas has proven that they will not allow it, perhaps because one of their goals is to have innocents die and to leverage the tragedy to gain support around the world.
E. This is also what Israel would love but neither Egypt or Jordan, or any other country, is willing to shelter the endangered Palestinians at this time.
F. If Hamas retracted its written and oft-repeated intentions to destroy Jews and Israel, perhaps this would be something other than laughable.
G. Israel, The United States and Qatar have been trying to negotiate the release of hostages since October 7.
H. A Palestinian supporter chose this option when asked at a November 17 rally in Los Angeles. She called the solution “ideal”.
I. As the current Option C is still causing massive and tragic loss of life for innocent Gazans and Hamas continues to threaten even more attacks on innocent Israelis, this appears to be the ONLY viable option. Please contact your political leaders and The UN to make this happen. Here’s a recent article with more details. “Where The Hell is Everyone?” https://medium.com/@richardgreenethecivicsdean/where-the-hell-is-everyone-ae03c6742795
Any other options you might suggest? Please send them to me at Richard@WordsThatShookTheWorld.com. This, clearly, is a continuing tragedy, on every level, and seems headed for years of additional suffering. The only way to avoid this, in my opinion, is to think outside the box and talk about and work on win-win alternate solutions!
Called “The best idea guy in America”, Richard Greene “The Civics Dean” is an author, Civics Educator and Political Communication Strategist who has advised Presidents, Prime Ministers and Presidential and Prime Ministerial candidates in 10 countries and trained CEOs and others in 53 countries on 6 continents. A former Fellow at the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Richard is also a former attorney, former law school instructor, national radio talk show host and the Founder of 279 for Change, which advocates a new approach to engaging in politics based on pieces of legislation. His book “Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events” analyzes the 20 greatest speeches of The 20th Century and his free eBook, “WTF are “The Midterms”? (www.WTFareTheMidterms.com) helped explain the importance of The 2018 Midterm Elections.
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