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By Ezra Klein  |  June 3, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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Gaza, the largest currently operating open air prison. Israeli policy towards Gaza = collective punishment.

Posted by: srw3 | June 3, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I think you're missing the point, srw3. Arab policy towards Israel = Israeli policy towards Gaza = collective punishment = Arab policy towards Israel = Israeli policy towards Gaza = collective punishment. Circular. Endless. Pointless.

Posted by: simpleton1 | June 3, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

As an admirer of your column, I must say that your general silence on recent events in Israel is only somewhat conspicuous; maybe you have no thoughts worth sharing.

But for your only commentary to be the endorsement of someone else's cartooned argument that Israel's geopolitical relation to Gaza (occupation) is analogous to either the Middle East's or the entire world's geopolitical relation to Israel is outrageous. People were killed, Israel is being criticized, and your response is sympathy with Israel expressed by tapping into contemporary sympathy with Gaza.

Posted by: mg13 | June 3, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me for responding again - I don't mean to start sniping - but the flotilla attack didn't occur in a vacuum. Simply saying "Israel was wrong and must be punished" may make you feel better right now, but it doesn't actually solve anything. If you expect Israelis and Americans to sympathize with the Palestinians, you have to be able to see things from the Israeli point of view as well. The Gaza blockade (which, technically, is not an occupation) is a response to militant attacks and a Hamas doctrine of annihilation. The Hamas doctrine of annihilation, and the militant attacks, are a response to Israel's heavy-handed treatment of the Palestinians. Israel's heavyhanded treatment of the Palestinians is a response to suicide bomb attacks and endless angry rhetoric of hate. And so on. It won't end until everyone can be made to feel safe, but that means getting everyone to start behaving constructively instead of destructively. Even if you buy into the South Africa analogy, Nelson Mandela may have been 100% in the right to oppose apartheid, but it's not like he publicly reserved the right to kill the whites when the ANC came to power.

Hate and violence are not the solution. People need to get past their petty grudges and get over themselves.

Posted by: simpleton1 | June 3, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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