But a plurality of those following the events blame the Palestinians and Hamas (43%) for the current conflict in the region compared with only two in ten (18%) who think Israel is to blame. Still, four in ten (39%) believe neither side is to blame, or don't know who is at fault.
A considerable portion don't assert blame, but those that do lay it at the feet of Hamas. That's reasonable, and I have no qualms with my party parroting this feeling, because it's warranted. However, and this is where people need to separate impetus from response, when asked if the Israeli reaction is justified, the numbers change. Canadians seem to understand the rationale, but that doesn't preclude them denoting concern regarding the reaction:
Thinking about the Israeli response, Canadians following the events are split: while four in ten (39%) believe it has been 'appropriate', one half (49%) thinks it has been 'excessive'. One in ten (13%) doesn't know.
And, there it is, and really it's all I'm asking from our leadership. Yes, defend Israel's right to defend herself, blame Hamas, decry the rocket attacks, but don't just stop there, because the omission is maddening. If you're "listening" to Canadians, then surely you're getting some feedback, outside of the Israel lobby, that something has gone horribly amiss in Gaza, the response is "excessive". To my mind, that means the Liberal Party should be DEMANDING(beyond the timid words) an immediate ceasefire, support and PUSH the UN resolution and address the humanitarian angle, beyond secondary considerations. The Liberal position can be unequivocal in its support for Israeli rights and justifications, while at the same time demonstrating a nimbleness that allows it to react to events on the ground, events that represent a human tragedy. If average Canadians can demonstrate a capacity for complex views, pretty disappointing that the Liberal Party can't articulate a position that doesn't sound like Condi or Stephen. I would categorize the current Liberal position as "wimpy", trying to be so politically correct in conveying support for Israel that it lacks any courage to stand up for innocents in the immediate. I'm curious to see if the Liberal Party is "listening", or are we merely "listening" to a vocal subset at the exclusion of overall opinion?