You hear the news about what's going on in Israel, and you can't escape thinking: Oh yeah, I'd really like to go there in two months, that would be lovely!
Looking back at Israel from Australia, I can't help acknowledging the confirmation of what I felt back when I was in Israel: that both sides are suffering from majorly high doses of double standards. Both have just claims, both find just causes to inflict damage and pain on the other, neither stops to realize that their activities only make things worse.
Reading the letters in The Age, you see lots of people asking for international intervention (mostly Palestinian sympathizers, because even in this side of the world you have to be either/or; you just can't be objective). As if international intervention would solve anything.
To be fair on those two both sides, they are not unique in what they do. Most people and most countries perform lots of bad things, it's just that they're able to get away with it.
Me? I have family and friends that I care about, and if it wasn't for them I would have said something along the lines of "fuck them all, they don't deserve much better". Yet I know that the little man in the street doesn't have much of a saying in the way things run, regardless of what he/she votes for. And so I can't deny that I think both sides are just doomed. That's it, doomed.
Now I know that when I'll be in Tel Aviv I won't feel a thing and life would seem to go on as usual (which, if you think about it, is yet another horrible aspect of this conflict). But it's hard to ignore these dual sided crimes, and for now I know that my army dreaming nightmares are definitely on the rise.