I think we forget that Israel has a mandatory conscription for all kids not because it wants to but because it has to. How many Americans want to go and serve? How many go as a choice? All of them and we honor every one of them. Yet in Israel everyone has to because if they don’t their homes, their loved ones will simply cease to exist because the countries around them refuse to accept the idea that Jewish people are people, that they are originally from Israel and that they have a right to live like anyone else.. Every time I hear of someone who is killed it is heartbreaking, because you know it is someone’s cousin or friend or child that has done nothing wrong..
What’s most sad is that it is totally unnecessary because Israel has offered statehood to the Palestinians and they refuse. Israel is stuck as an occupier and in a constant state of war not because they refuse to let go of West Bank and Gaza but because West Bank and Gaza refuse to become states and refuse to stop the war..
And so every-time some kid who would have gone to college and lived a full life has been conscripted and died in Israel it is heartbreaking because seventy years after Jews were nearly annihilated, the world still feels that a country for Jews is wrong, that Jews being alive is somehow wrong.. and that is personal, because if not for an uncle in United States, that would have been my friends, that would have been me.