I’m not Jewish, and oppose Netanyahu’s policies, but “Common Dreams” is clouding the issue with misleading and inaccurate reporting. The reporting that “… woeful violation of international law that was the Israeli military this week firing with live ammunition on unarmed Palestinians” and “To suppress the massive peaceful demonstrations …” and other comments on Common Dreams leads readers to believe that unarmed Palestinians were peacefully protesting along the border. Check the mainstream media and you will find this is not true.
There are plenty of important issues for Common Dreams which can be presented factually. However reporting which, when fact-checked, fails the test falls into the same category as Trump’s alternative facts. That sort of reporting creates heat but no light, and divides people into opposing camps which cannot work together to solve problems.
There are reports that some of the Palestinians were trained and armed troops, but even if that isn’t true, common sense tells us that it is easy for a large crowd of angry people armed with nothing but sticks and stones to kill a smaller number of trained troops if those troops are not permitted to use their weapons.
Politically, Israel would have been wise to allow the Palestinians to breach the border fence, and sacrifice the lives of some of their IDF soldiers to prove that it wasn’t a ‘peaceful protest’. I’m glad I didn’t have to make the decisions that day. I suspect that the political solution would have resulted in greater loss of life.