When peace comes to the Middle East, it will come from both sides, in small steps at first, just as the conflict came, in small steps that inflamed the other side into taking bigger steps.
When death and unhappiness comes, it comes from both sides. Killing creates anger creates killing creates anger...and so on, not for ever, but until both sides become tired of bloodshed. How many corpses does it take before this tiredness comes?
Both sides can quote this atrocity from their side as being worse than that neccessary killing from our side.
Israel's bombs are bigger, but Islamic mullahs preach more hatred &c &c.
We can give way to confusion, and say it will never end, just as they did about Northern Ireland.
Or we can try to understand just one thing about Israel's attempt at apartheid.
Palestinian suicide bombers provoke the apartheid reaction, just as surely as a thorn under the skin will provoke inflammation and pus formation. The Israeli state has the task of trying to protect its people from attack. To fully protect against suicide bombers they have to segregate Palestinians and Israelis. Suicide bombers help the Israeli apartheid
I take no sides. I just want to see peace in the Middle East. I am in touch with a brave member of the Christian Peacemaker Team who is working in Israel. I know how the Palestinians are oppressed. I know how my Israeli friends feel.
The conflict is not the fault of one side or the other, it is a system, where each part affects the whole and the whole affects each part. Hatred is a form of misunderstanding, and creates more hatred. Understanding is an antidote to hatred. Someone has to start the process.
Can we start by understanding that suicide bombings can only make the Israeli apartheid worse?