And the US has “emphatically picked a side” with $3.8bn in annual aid to Israel, including many, many weapons used to bomb Gaza.” he emphasized.
While Oliver admitted he did not have a solution for peace in the Middle East, he stressed that a ceasefire must be the first step to break the cycle of violence and extremism. “Continuing down this path only creates more extremists, which is the last thing that anybody needs.”
He concluded by reiterating the crucial need for empathy and leadership different from the current status quo to address the ongoing conflict effectively.
“Any conversation around this has to begin with empathy, or we’re just f**ked,” he concluded. “We know that dehumanizing people leads to violence. We know that violence leads to even more brutality and destruction, and we know that crucially, breaking that cycle is unfortunately going to require leadership significantly different than the ones currently in place.”
Netizens has hailed Oliver’s analysis of the Israel crisis as one on the best, “Comedians have more clarity than sold out mainstream media,” writes are follower, “. Whereas another says, “It has to be possible to feel the pain in one community without denying it in another”.