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Why millennials shy from Israel

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Generation X doesn’t like what’s happening in the world these days with so many downtrodden people getting whipped. One reason is that it makes them feel guilty. Why? Because the only risk they take is walking across the street or taking out a college loan that they probably will never pay off. Seeing and hearing about children and women being blown up while they are supposed to be in a safe shelter makes people sick. They may miss the complete story that includes Hamas digging tunnels under shelters in Gaza where children and innocent people stay, and from which they launch missiles aimed at more innocent people in Israel.

Gaza people live in an enclave of land where they have a community that is not attached to a nation. The could gain attachment by agreeing to be annexed by Israel, or Egypt for that matter. Yet, for some reason, Gaza people reject those options or perhaps, never saw them as real. Anyway, the situation is untenable as it is.

To millennials who want to tend to their own pursuit of self-sustainability, violence in the world is a distraction. At one time in history when America became engaged in world calamities militarily, young people were recruited or drafted into service, like it or not. With a mandate for their participation, they got real concerned about what was happening in the world because their lives could be put at risk.

Today’s millennials may feel more annoyed than at risk because they are not being called to mandatory service.

With a war in the Middle East that is in part inspired by the requirement to defend Israel, maybe some millennials are smart enough to anticipate the possibility that so many conflicts and threats just might evolve into the requirement to call them to service?

Anyway, millennials had better do some homework to learn more about the threats that we are facing. The threats before Israel today could be in our face tomorrow as they were in 911.

“Are US millennials turning away from Israel?

By Niall Stanage - 08/09/14 12:50 PM EDT

Young Americans are showing far less fervent support for Israel than older generations, but almost no-one can agree on why the change is happening, how permanent it is likely to be, or what it all means.

Observers offer a laundry list of possibilities.

They say millennials are more likely than their elders to be liberal and Israel’s actions — particularly in the current offensive in Gaza — increasingly meet with vigorous criticism in left-of-center circles.

Millenials are also much more avid consumers of social media, on which different narratives explaining the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians are more readily available — as are especially gruesome images of the human toll extracted by Israeli missile strikes.

These young people also don’t have the same memories as their parents.

Many older Americans can still recall the Six-Day War in 1967 or the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which Israel’s very existence seemed to be threatened by its Arab neighbors.
By contrast, “young Americans have grown up with Israel as an incredible superpower in the region, and with occupation and intifada,” said Ira Stup of J Street, the liberal-leaning pro-Israel lobby group. “Young Americans often have a vision of Israel vis-a-vis Palestine that is more in line with what is going on now.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/214756-are-us-millenials-turning-away-from-israel#ixzz39uyT4sPp

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