IsraelĀ attacks Palestine. Palestine attacksĀ Israel. A seemingly endless cycle of violence, with neither side in any position to take the moral high ground. But consider this: You canā€™t spellĀ Israel without ā€œliars.ā€

Does that mean anything? Did what I just say count as commentary?

Is it trenchant in any way? I certainly hope so, because this one observation is all I currently have to contribute to this conversationā€”and, letā€™s be clear, itā€™s a conversation that must be had.

No matter how hard one tries, it is impossible to spell Israel without the ā€œliarsā€ hiding in there somewhere. And thatā€™s something that people might need to know.Ā 

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Just yesterday, I was driving home, listening to the news aboutĀ Israelā€™s latest attack on Gaza, when I found myself slowly shaking my head. I said to myself, out loud, ā€œMan,Ā Israel.ā€ Thatā€™s when it all clicked. ā€œIsrael.ā€ Is-Ra-El.

The name of this controversial nation contains every letter necessary to spell the word ā€œliars.ā€ Thatā€™s when I asked myselfā€”am I doing it? Did I just make a a salient point? No matter how hard one tries, it is impossible to spell Israel without the ā€œliarsā€ hiding in there somewhere. And thatā€™s something that people might need to know.

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Hell, itā€™s one letter off from being an anagram. I bet that wouldā€™ve been really revealing somehow. Can you imagine?Ā 

I donā€™t pretend to have a firm grasp on the history and the roots of the conflicts raging in the Middle East. By its enemies,Ā IsraelĀ is seen as an occupying force, backed up by an imperialist Western power. FromĀ Israelā€™s point of view, the Iran-backed Hamas government is nothing more than a terrorist organization bent on genocide. Itā€™s a deeply complicated, multifaceted situation.

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But no matter where your sympathy lies, Iā€™ll bet there are literally some liars INSIDEĀ Israel. Thatā€™s the point Iā€™m making, right? Well, if it is, then let me know, because Iā€™ve cracked that particular metaphor wide open.

Holy shitā€”now that I think about it, you can rearrange Palestine to spell ā€œpenalties.ā€ Thatā€™s GOT to be something, right?

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Lives are counting on it.