I was a strong supporter of the institution of Israel as a refuge from the centuries of slaughter of Jews by mainly Christian nations and authorities.

I have become increasingly horrified as Israel, itself, has become a tyrant abusing and slaughtering Palestinians. It is sometimes said that victims begin to imitate their abusers. The Holocaust is no excuse for Israel abusing the Palestinians who had nothing to do with the Holocaust and were sometimes its victims themselves.

This decline from admirable Zionist values has been a horror to watch as it has accelerated. Caring Jews everywhere are trying to halt this horror. Israel is not a democratic state. It is a tyrannical regime now bent apparently on driving out the Palestinians per the mythology of its origins.

One hears story after story of settlers abusing Palestinian children with impunity.

And Israel is in the process of making itself one of the world’s most despised nations.

I see no good ending here as Israel obviously does not plan to allow a Palestinian state and is stealing the lives and means of living of the Palestinians. Gaza has become a shameful nightmare.

How sad to see Jews of all people now abusing others and threatening G-d knows what it will do to Iran — a nuclear destruction?

There is no good end in sight here and I fear for Israel’s existence and that of my friends there.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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