One of the hardest things for us to get through our heads is that our actions are not justified by the actions of others. When in conflict with another person, their sin does not excuse ours. If both have sinned, both are guilty. The same is true in political and international relations.
When a country attacks another, it is common for them to retaliate. But to what degree and what end? Are there limits in war? Of course there are. We are only to defend ourselves to the point that our enemy is no longer a threat. But what if that enemy is right in our country?
More pointedly, how would you feel had a leading member of Canada called out American policies the night of 9/11? This is what Biden has done to Israel.
Vice President Joe Biden said Monday night that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was leading the country “in the wrong direction” hours after a bus bombing in Jerusalem wounded at least 21 people.
“I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years — the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures — they’re moving us and more importantly they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction,” Biden said.
And, though this might seem like harsh words for an ally, it is even harsher because of the context. There had been a bus bomb exploded in Jerusalem. So, rather than showing solidarity with our friend, we take this time to ask why they were being attacked.
Whether or not you agree with Israel and their administration of their country, this should be troubling. This points to this administration’s hatred for what they see as the old colonial system. Israel is considered the occupier and the Arabs living in their country the oppressed.
Whether it was intended to be or not, this was a public justification of terror attacks in Israel.
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