Watching and reading the news this week has been hard.

Hamas deserve all the anger directed at them and more. Yet, Palestinians who aren’t members of Hamas are bearing a disproportionate amount of that anger thanks to the unavoidable reality of the situation they’re in.

Jews everywhere should feel and be safe and secure, and they aren’t. And, Israel is their shining light. But, we can’t forget that the government of Israel is made up of people with their own motivations.

And, motivations on all sides are informed by powerful interests far beyond the immediate conflict. What happens here could escalate far beyond the shores of the Levant.

Finally, the news itself is incomplete. Too much of what is happening still hasn’t made it to the surface. And too much of what is on our screens is twisted and manipulated.

I’m not religious, but I pray for humanity.