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Israel's War on Gaza

Put yourself in Israel’s place

Are you guys nuts? I want peace in the Middle East and self-governance by Palestinians, but your irrational article never mentions that Hamas and its allies were, before the Israeli escalation, raining rockets on Israeli civilians. Imagine if some nut cases were raining rockets all around the Nation office. I suspect you’d see a reason to take action against the rocketeers.

Ivan Goldman

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Nov 21 2012 - 4:40pm

Israel's War on Gaza

Disproportionate

“But the pattern of Israeli attacks goes beyond the shockingly disproportionate casualties,” writes Phyllis Bennis. Hmm. I am wondering, what would be “proportional casualties”? Maybe Ms. Bennis would feel much better if there were more killed Israelis. Maybe a thousand, or few thousand, or maybe few millions (it was done before). Does she and many others realized that this is why almost every adult Israeli has to serve in the army—to protect their people from disproportional casualties? Or she just hopes that once again Jewish people would submit themselves to a mass annihilation. Has she ever thought why instead of trying to make the lives of Palestinians better, Hamas has spent all its energy building myriad tunnels, smuggling rockets? How many roads and houses could be built in Gaza with all the money spent on arms and propaganda? Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to make people think and understand when they are full of hate.

Gershon Palevski

Putnam Valley, NY

Nov 21 2012 - 11:34am