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Sir, – In the past week and a half over 1,400 rockets and a volley of mortar fire has been directed at me. Hamas “fighters” have several times tried to kill me (by intrusions from the sea and via tunnels).
People in Paris greet us with “Jews out,” “Death to Jews” and other friendly words, and then, to pay their respects, visit two synagogues.
In Frankfurt we are greeted with such phrases as “Child-murderer Israel” and “Free Gaza.”
On Swiss Internet forums there are the following statements: “Only a dead Jew is a good Jew,” “Adolf Hitler was the only medicine against Jews” and “We must exterminate the Jews.”
I take all of this personally.
I really should get over my paranoia. Any helpful suggestions? MICHEL BODENHEIMER
Sir, – Here is some comparative data from Wikipedia to evaluate the Israeli military action in Gaza.
In the course of its bombing campaign in the former Yugoslavia, NATO launched 2,300 missiles at 990 targets and dropped 14,000 bombs, including depleted uranium bombs and cluster munitions.
Over 2,000 civilians were killed, including 88 children, and thousands more were injured.
Over 200,000 ethnic Serbs were forced to leave their homeland in Kosovo.
NATO airs trikes destroyed more than 300 schools and over 20 hospitals. At least 40,000 homes were either completely eliminated or damaged and about 90 historic and architectural monuments were ruined.YITZHAK BERMAN
Sir, – We have been fighting the same war for over 70 years, and each time it seems we are prepared to sacrifice our children’s lives because we prefer the safety of our enemies’ children to the safety of our own. It looks better in the foreign media.
I, for one, never want to hear any IDF spokesperson again declare with pride that no country in the world endangers its soldiers like Israel does in order not to harm innocent citizens. It is a boast I hope will be consigned to the dustbin of history.HELEN PORATH
Sir, – Most defense analysts agree that the major danger to our troops in the event of a ground invasion would come from the network of tunnels that honeycomb the entire Gaza Strip.
In order to remain underground, Hamas fighters (and leaders) need electricity and fuel; otherwise, they would be forced aboveground.
They get the required electricity and fuel from us. By providing such assets to the enemy we are ensuring that many of our soldiers will be needlessly killed in the event of an invasion. If our government cared more about the safety of our men and women than it did about the world’s love, it would pull the plug on the electricity and fuel, force the tunnel fighters out and spare our troops that danger.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reportedly claimed that he’d like to do just this but that government “lawyers” won’t let him. Please. I find such a statement to be plain embarrassing.
A good lawyer can argue both sides of a position. If our government’s attorneys cannot successfully defend a decision that would save the lives of IDF soldiers, they’re operating with their own agenda. Or maybe they’re just bad lawyers.DAVID GLEICHER
The writer is an attorney
Sir, – Can anyone explain to me with clarity why instead of risking the precious lives of our soldiers (our children) we do not stop supplying Gaza with electricity, water, food, medicines and building materials until they sue for peace? Since Hamas is also concerned about its financial situation, perhaps we should also utilize its tunneling abilities to build a subway for Tel Aviv and elsewhere.ALFRED INSELBERG
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