This moment is a "Gabrielle Giffords" moment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A point at which we step back and realize the very real human toll the rhetoric and partisanship has on very real human beings. The deaths of five innocent people should shock us out of the complacency with which we throw around rhetoric, and command a refocusing on the people affected by this conflict.
Instead, the murders of the Fogel family is being spun for political gain.
The Netanyahu administration, for its part, has approved 500 new settlements. Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger evidently approves of this position because he said so - at the family's funeral. Interior Minister Eli Yishai stated that Israel should build 1000 settlements for every person murdered. The Prime Minister himself demanded a response from the international community, criticizing the UN security council for its double standards. Finally, the Government Press Office criticized CNN for referring to the attack as a 'terror attack' in quotations in the title of an article. Evidently, at this time of national tragedy, the Press Office's efforts are best spent picking a grammar fight with CNN.
There will be plenty of time for politicization in the coming weeks. Using tragedy for political gain is nothing new, and certainly not in the Middle East. But the Fogel family, we can safely assume, were decent human beings. They deserve decency and respect as the country buries and mourns them, not political pandering.
Regardless of where it originates, left, right, or center, this shameless partisanship literally over the dead bodies of five citizens is illegitimate. It is a despicable disrespect of the lives lost, and it divides those involved when unity over common humanity is what the Middle East requires now more than ever.