On Morality and Restraint

Fans at the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between Israel and Romania on November 18, 2023 hold banners depicting hostages taken by Hamas last month. The match was held at Puskas Akademia Pancho Arena near Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by David Balogh/Getty Images)

Allow me to let my inner hawk off his leash for a moment. I did not think that the conversation about Hamas’ brutal—ongoing—massacre of Israeli civilians could get any more banal or dishonest, but it has.

A few points: 

The moral test for Israel is not whether its leaders can show superhuman restraint in their response to the massacres and outrages inflicted on their people by Hamas. In light of the kidnapping, the hostage-taking, the rape and dismemberment of children, the burning to death of babies, the beheadings, the theatrical sadism inflicted on women, children, the elderly, it is remarkable how much restraint the Israelis have shown. They have, in my view, shown incommensurate restraint, if I may be forgiven some friendly criticism at this ghastly moment.

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