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I keep reading that Gaza is a "densely populated area," but no report conveys a sense of the reality. I was shocked to discover that 1.5 million Gazans live in an area of 139 square miles. That's 10,800 persons per square mile. Bangladesh, which is the most densely populated country on our planet, has a relatively spacious density of 2,200 persons per square mile. The more I thought about this number, the more I could feel the frustration of the people of Gaza when they look across the barriers into the Land of Milk and Honey with one tenth the population density of their own.

I keep reading about what appears to be a relentless Hamas campaign of terror against Israel. Imagine my surprise when I learn (from Israel websites) that while sixty-eight Israelis were killed in 2008 in terrorist attacks, 172 Israelis were randomly murdered by fellow Israelis. Isn't it just possible that the murder of Jews by Arabs could be just as random as the murder of Jews by Jews? Am I to conclude from these numbers that Jews are more murderous that Arabs?

Louis Arpino

Knoxville, TN

Jan 2 2009 - 12:26pm

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I am calling for a non-conditional cease-fire in Gaza, of seventy-two years duration. Gaza could use this time to copy the formula of such as Hong Kong and Singapore in using trade to become rich. They have the potential, if they would just choose to do so.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Dec 31 2008 - 5:40am

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You can endlessly psychoanalyze why Israel has initiated its recent military assault in Gaza. What you cannot ignore are the intolerable conditions in Israel caused by the missile attacks launched from Gaza, particularly in the border city of Sderot. If terrorists in Mexico sent missles streaming across the Arizona border, can you possibly imagine any US president not taking retaiatory action? When you're under attack, self-defense comes first, not world opinion.

While I am sorry about any incidental civilian suffering, I don't see any alternative, as long as the Israeli forces aim for Hamas military and governmental targets with maximum precision.

Steven Kalka

East Rockaway, NY

Dec 30 2008 - 12:14pm

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