As an Israeli, I felt buoyed in reading the Editorial (“Give War A Chance”) and coverage of the pro-Israel rally at the United Nations (“Major Rally For Israel At UN Urges Hamas Defeat”) in the Aug. 1 issue. Indeed, they are both deserving of much praise as we suffer the daily loss of our soldiers. The words of the various spokespersons speak volumes to the comprehension of the situation, particularly when weighed against the enormous propaganda generated by our enemies.
The Aug. 1 editorial, “Give War A Chance,” quotes [former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.] Michael Oren as saying that “military actions are sometimes an important ancillary to diplomacy.” I agree with that principle, and I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against an onslaught of rockets aimed at civilians and tunnels leading into populated areas.
The national and international news media, by reducing the current conflict between the nation of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas to little more than body count, is at best sloppy and lazy. At the median it is a collaboration with the primitive, barbaric and atavistic terrorist murderers that Israel is trying to protect itself from. At worst it is consistent with the vilest forms of anti-Semitic blood libel.
Those who suggest Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO/Fatah have become the moderates in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict are fallacious (“When Journalists Lose Their Moral Compass,” Editor’s column, July 25). The Palestinian National Charter of 1968 called for the elimination of Israel:
The article, “Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount” (July 25), does well to highlight the divisions within the American Jewish community regarding Operation Protective Edge. And while we at Partners for Progressive Israel do oppose this war, we do not oppose it because we are, “invested in being critical of Israeli policies,” as your article quotes Thane Rosenbaum as having said..