We owe it to the victims of today's attack in Jerusalem, and those civilians who have been injured or killed in Gaza, to exercise caution in our dealings with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today's attacks drive home that too many people have been hurt or killed to boil down the tragedy of the conflict to political mudslinging. When politics has the potential to be a solution, it is reprehensible to use it to entrench or turn a blind eye to the problem.
The deaths of innocent civilians must never be taken lightly. The way forward is unclear, but we should have no misgivings that protecting the lives of those who are in danger can be a common point of agreement. It is pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, and pro-American to pursue the protection of innocent civilians as a security policy in the Middle East.