In response to an eight-year Israeli blockade of Gaza and the closing of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, Hamas shoots rockets into Israel, causing a disproportionate response from Israel, which in turn causes worldwide condemnation, furthering isolating Israel from most of the world. A ceasefire will eventually be negotiated, Israel will withdraw from Gaza, calm will again result for a short while, and then the cycle of violence will be repeated over and over again. And Israel will have another excuse for not engaging in meaningful peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Former archbishop Desmond Tutu has in the past likened the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians to the racist South African apartheid system.
What is the response of our politicians? Rally behind Israel. And our lockstep support of Israel continues.