Letter: Why were Americans fighting for Israel?

Palestinians pray the Friday prayer inside a destroyed Palestinians pray the Friday prayer inside a destroyed Al Farouk mosque which was destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike on Tuesday, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, July 25, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Hatem Ali

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I was surprised to read that two Americans were killed while fighting for the Israeli army ["High toll in Gaza fighting," News, July 21].

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Why were they in the Israeli army and not the U.S. Army? Are they saying that they live in the United States, but their hearts are really with Israel? Regardless of the perceived relationship between the two countries, a question I would ask is: Why do we put up with this?

Hugh Norton, Huntington

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