Jack Batson believes that the decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three American companies because of their sales to Israel was a “good move” and one that “follows on my denomination’s stated position that justice dictates that the West Bank and Gaza Strip should become a Palestinian state.” (Time to divest to spur Mideast peace, July 14, 2014.)
No one would disagree that the Palestinians should have their own state but we have to deal with reality and that means dealing with Hamas, which is now engaging in daily war crimes by launching more than 1,100 rockets into Israel in a week’s time and using its own people as human shields.
It’s time to get real and recognize that if it weren’t for the Iron Dome, which intercepts up to 90 percent of incoming rockets, Israeli casualties would number in the tens of thousands. It’s time to get real and think what would happen if Hamas was to get its hands on nuclear weapons. And it’s time to get real and ask the Palestinians if they are really prepared to live in complete peace with Israel and be neighbors. If they are, they need to condemn Hamas as an internationally recognized terrorist organization and sit down with the Israelis to negotiate a peace plan.
That is the only path to a sustainable peace.
It’s easy for Mr. Batson and the Presbyterian Church, safely living behind secure borders with friendly neighbors and under the protection the world’s best military, to preach to Israel but Israelis, living in one of the most dangerous, violent and unstable regions on the planet, need more than just wishful thinking from the sanctimoniously naïve.
President Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region