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ISRAEL: Divestiture vote doesn’t promote peace

Kudos to Martin Schram for his op-ed, “Presbyterians’ effort against Israel is misguided” (TNT, 6-26).

The recent vote by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest in three American companies doing business with Israel is hypocritical as these companies also do business with Palestinians in the West Bank. Unfortunately, it may also influence other church denominations to follow its lead.

This decision was influenced by the distortions of groups aligned with the global BDS (boycott/divestment/sanctions) movement that regularly demonizes Israel and gives the Palestinian Authority and Hamas a pass. This same movement is now calling the Presbyterian vote a victory.

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ISRAEL: Don’t equate Hamas, Jewish terrorists of ’40s

Re: “What Netanyahu could do” (letter, 4-29).

I believe it’s misleading to compare the terrorist group Hamas to the Jewish terrorist groups of the 1940s. The writer claims the Jewish groups were essential in establishing Israel in spite of lacking the support of the mainstream Jewish leadership who widely condemned their violent tactics. These groups were hardly essential in Israel’s founding.

Is it accurate to assert that Israel resorted to terrorism “when we needed it”? The Jewish state went on to establish a healthy democracy in spite of a minority who advocated violent terrorism to achieve their goals of

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MIDDLE EAST: What Netanyahu could do

The Israeli Cabinet announces it will not negotiate with a Palestinian government which includes Hamas (TNT, 4-25), which it calls a “terrorist organization.”

What was the Israelis thinking, not many years ago, when they supported and funded Hamas as a rival to the Palestinian Liberation Organization? Israelis know that their own Jewish terrorist groups were essential in the establishment of Israel and that their leaders became hallowed heroes. Two of them, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, became prime ministers.

Hurling epithets will accomplish nothing. Israel now has what it has long desired: “someone to talk to” in a unified Palestinian

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EXTREMISM: Author shows his liberal bias

Re: “Nothing extremists love more than hijacking revolutions” (TNT, 1-1).

It’s interesting that Ben Barber includes Republicans, Catholics and the tea party among the extremists, putting them in the same category as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Hamas and other terrorist groups. Really?

I happen to be a conservative and tend to vote Republican because the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the liberal/progressive faction. I am also a Catholic, and none of the Catholics I know could be described as extremists.

While I am not a tea party member, I support a lot of their values. They believe

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ISRAEL: Robinson takes distorted view of conflict

Re: “Same sad story – but with frightening stakes” (Eugene Robinson column, 11-20).

Robinson writes: “A disputed border incident provides a spark. Israel reacts with sudden force. Palestinians fire rockets at civilian targets. Israel launches reprisal attacks – first justified, then disproportionate.”

There was no spark. The reason was years-long bombardment of civilians throughout the south of Israel. No rockets, no response. The concept of “disproportionate response” is ludicrous.

The tragedy he describes – “anguished women wail at the funerals of children” – is tempered by the fact that these children live in the schools and homes that the

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MIDDLE EAST: Obama contributed to crisis

When the regional uprising began in the Middle East months ago, moderate Muslim leaders in the region were deposed and the radical Muslim Brotherhood rose to power, with President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s blessings. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood got the blessing of the Obama administration. The same thing happened in Libya.

Now Egypt is helping to arm Hamas, which is terrorizing Israel.

Obama and Clinton knew the Muslim Brotherhood around the region would increase the likelihood of war and terrorism on Israel. Why did they then bless its rise to power? Obama’s cover for blessing the organization was that

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ISRAEL: Palestinians need responsible leadership

I disagree with Eugene Robinson’s column, “Same sad story – but with frightening stakes.” (TNT, 11-20).

Israel no longer occupies Gaza but completely withdrew in 2005 to promote peace. Unfortunately, the current crisis is not a “flare up” that Israel is using as an excuse to assassinate Palestinian leaders. Hamas and its allies have launched approximately 12,000 rockets and mortar attacks against southern Israel for 12 years with escalated attacks the last two months. Israel is right to target the terrorist infrastructure built by Hamas.

Referring to “effective Palestinian leaders” is a curious way to describe Hamas. They have

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ISRAEL: Hamas’ goal the same as Hitler’s

Re: “Israeli strike leaves 11 dead” (TNT, 11-19).

My husband and I just returned from a two-week vacation in Israel, where both Israeli citizens and U.S. tourists have been under long-term daily rocket attack from Gaza.

This did not start or restart a week ago when the leader of Hamas was killed. I have seen the playgrounds that have colorfully painted bomb shelters as part of the playground equipment, and bomb shelters for bus stops, because the Israelis have only 15 seconds to reach shelter from the Gaza rockets. The Israeli military finally responded by taking out the leader of

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