Perhaps the world is more supportive of Israel this time around, although the media doesn’t show that side. Here in the USA, we could watch on CSpan in 2005 as Israel removed its own settlers from Gaza, sometimes forcibly, with great compassion and firmness. All in the pursuit of peace with the Palestinians. Then we watched as they returned the favor by electing Hamas to lead their government, effectively guaranteeing a violent assault on Israel.
When the rockets started from Gaza, the media downplayed but had to report it. I believe people “with eyes to see” understand better that Israel is in a fight for its life, and Hamas is pure evil — based on the way they hide behind children, etc.
I’m not a Jew, I’m a Christian woman, but I’ve felt that I could willingly join the fight against those evil men of Hamas, even take up arms against them. They are not just trying to destroy Israel. They want to come after me, too, and my family and my personal freedoms. They are part of what Ronald Reagan would call the “evil empire” in the 21st century.
The names and faces of evildoers change over the decades, but their tactics do not: use bullying violence freely and often to control your own people; preach eternal hatred toward your enemies; have no regard for individual rights; believe that the ends justify the means. Murder innocents and blame it on your opponents. Always blame others for your problems, never take responsibility for your own failings. Believe in the infallibility of your religion/ideology. Be willing to take the world down with you as long as you never have to unclench your fist of hate.
The above paragraph could refer to Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, and now Hamas, Al Qaeda, et al. The perpetrators of evil change but the nature of evil remains the same throughout history.