Two letter writers' recent criticisms of Israel fall short of the mark and totally disregard history ["Don't heed Israel's tough talk on Iran," Sept. 19].

To wait until a declared perpetrator builds his gun, starts loading bullets, and aims the gun at you and your family is unrealistic. There is no "911" to call at that point. The "sovereign Palestinian state" one writer envisions would be the guy who holds the coat of the brute who is beating you to death.

The Twin Towers -- and nearly 3,000 human beings -- were obliterated by Third World fanatics armed with only razor knives and flying lessons, not nuclear technology.

Tobin Rogers, Valley Stream

Is anyone else as incensed by this editorial as I am? ["Israel ramps up Mideast tension," Sept. 18]

I watched the interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on "Meet the Press" on Sept. 16. He is sitting in a tiny democracy, our friend, surrounded by terrorists and fanatics who want to wipe it off the face of the Earth. He simply stated the truth of Israel's situation, despite aggressive questioning.

Your editorial is foolhardy and arrogant and scoffs at the situation Israel and Netanyahu are in. Our president has insulted him at every turn. If Iran is able to develop nuclear weaponry, the entire area, Europe and even Russia could go up in flames. It would be a holocaust, and drag the world into another world war.

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The danger to Israel cannot be overstated. To dismiss the idea that Iran is close to a nuclear weapon is appeasement.

Jennifer Zahn, Westbury