The famous director Woody Allen is not unsympathetic to the suffering of Palestinian civilians during the very bloody conflict in Gaza, which appears to be winding down. But at the end of the day, he places the blame squarely on the Arabs. Or Arabs who lived 70 years ago. They committed the original crime. Woody Allen during a press conference for his new romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight:
I feel that the Arabs were not very nice in the beginning, and that was a big problem. The Jews had just come out of a terrible war where they were exterminated by the millions and persecuted all over Europe, and they were given this tiny, tiny piece of land in the desert. If the Arabs had just said, “Look, we know what you guys have been through, take this little piece of land and we’ll all be friends and help you,” and the Jews came in peace, but they didn’t. They were not nice about it, and it led to problems, and over the years, both sides have made mistakes. There’ve been public relations mistakes, actual mistakes, and it’s been a terrible, terrible cycle of mismanagement and bad faith.
The main problem with this perspective of the situation is that it returns us right back to the problem at the core of Aeschylus's Oresteia. The ancient Greeks understood very well that the law of the state had to be detached from the law of the family—a law that made justice a very personal/tribal matter ("Blood must be paid for with blood"). The bloody cycle of violence and revenge in that part of the Middle East will continue without the intervention of an Apollo. Under the law of the family, crimes committed yesterday are answered only by the crimes of today, and the crimes of today will be answered only by the crimes of tomorrow.
Israeli FM tweeted this. After killing 373 kids, injuring 2744, 373,000 needing psych support. Couldn't make it up. pic.twitter.com/0anOkwnUTU
— Jack Moore (@JFXM) August 4, 2014