In 1967, as the drumbeats to war beat ever louder by the day, no one – not the Arabs nor Europe or even America – gave the tiny state of Israel a chance.
That they managed to defeat Egypt, Syria and Jordan was impressive enough, but the speed with in six days also convinced doubting Jews that the Messiah may indeed return given the miraculous nature of the victory.
Trouble is, that was 1967. Today, it is 2014 which makes Amnesty International’s criticism of the arbitrary nature of the actions of the Israeli Defence Forces against the occupied people of the West Bank all the more depressing. Given Israel’s history, against of course the background of possibly the worst atrocity committed against mankind, the murderous actions of the IDF since 1967 is simply unbelievable. And yet this has not registered within Israel’s political circles. And there has not been any meaningful attempt by her leaders to engage with the Palestinians in peace.
And year after year, in the West Bank – which was covered by Amnesty International in today’s report from the years 2011 to 2013 – as well as East Jerusalem and of course Gaza, Palestinians have been killed and maimed through the actions of the IDF.
In amongst those, were the countless conflicts where a vastly superior hitech army, airforce and navy have deployed all means at their disposal to punish a largely defenceless population.
And despite all the incursions that have killed, maimed and destroyed, the Palestinians remain fighting for their freedom against an army that has managed to turn what was a brilliant win into a certain defeat.
Amnesty: Israel using reckless force http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26371652