Orbiting Dicta

Alternatives to War

Ehud Olmert defended his unleashing of the dogs of war against virtually defenseless Palestinians by saying he “had no alternative.”  Actually, he could have considered lifting the embargo, allowing food and medicine into the Gaza, opening the borders, tearing down that wall, dismantling 20 years of Israeli illegal settlements on Palestinian territory, and restoring land illegally seized from the Palestinian people.  For starters, anyway.


It must have been cold comfort for a million and a half Palestinians whose average income is about $2.75 a day and have little food, and no electricity or workable sewage plants to learn from Tzipi Livni that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”  She’s certainly right in one respect: the real humanitarian crisis is in Tel Aviv.