Its been a year since Israel’s massive incursion into Gaza. The horrendous costs of that war are still being lived by the people of Gaza, who have not received substantial help in rebuilding from Israel or the West. It’s hard to know what could be done for the families of the 2,800 Gazans who were killed by the Israeli assault, or for the more than 10,000 who were injured. But what certainly should have been done by now is a complete rebuilding of all the apartment buildings, homes, schools, and hospitals that the Israeli Defense Forces destroyed. As we approach the Jewish High Holidays this September, it’s time for Jews and Americans who supported the Israeli assault to begin a process of repentance for their failure to repair the damage they caused.

Let’s consider first how that war started. The Palestinian Authority...

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