Thanks and congrats for writing so careful a brief accurate summary of the more recent parts of the ancient plot (leaving out, e.g., Assyrians, Thutmoses I and III, Babylonians, Rome, and…).
There are other such nightmarish messes where catalogs of evils between “nations” and their reasonable causes approximate infinite regress, but the struggle to live in and dominate Canaan and its vicinity is literally central to the world.
If I was ordered by G-D to fix blame on some living bunch of humans I think I would (idiotically) fix it primarily on UKofGB & France (cuz Sykes Picot), and the USA (cuz Truman), who as outsiders in control after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (whether eagerly greedily imperialistically or reluctantly distantly) made various decisions.
Which is to say, I think assigning blame is both useless and hopeless, whether as a religious zealot ( I hereby RIGHTEOUSLY condemn all those zealots to hell!, so there, done), or as a Grotian missionary of sanity (can anything reduce Grotian Just War theory to gibbering noise followed by silence faster than the current conflict?).
What is needed (as mentioned a few times already in this thread) is compassion and aid to all the suffering as best we can, coordinated throttling down by all outside parties physically assisting the pace of murder and destruction, and dogged patience.
For four decades now I have begged my Palestinian and Israeli friends to leave their Holy Land for their own personal safety, but primarily because the situation has been and remains one of impossible moral choices. I tell them what matters most is their ability from outside to
- live and thrive away from communal madness
- learn from and help each other (much easier to do in Los Angeles than Jerusalem)
- accumulate the wealth, connections, and knowledge that will one day be needed when the time comes to return to help repair the terrible damage, and to heal the wounds.
I believe reparational payments by outside powers (certainly UKofGB, France, USA, Arab potentates and states, and now Iran) to finance healing and growth once peace is somehow established are a moral imperative, but one that will be ignored. Charitable assistance has been, is, and will be needed; I think much of it is counterproductive unless coordinated to assist all in pain and need.