A recent letter writer highlighted the disconnect for many Americans regarding the current and historic conflict between Israel and Gaza ["Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed," July 27]. I believe this disconnect is promulgated by many in our media.
Israel is not the aggressor in this conflict. It is defending itself against attacks by Hamas from Gaza.
As well, the letter presented information about the treatment of people within Israel and the lands surrounding it. Israel offers full citizenship to Israeli Arabs, including the opportunity to serve in its government. There is no disenfranchisement within Israel's borders. The poor conditions of those living in Gaza and Palestine are the result of them harboring and supporting terrorists bent on death and destruction. If they ceased, the hardships they face would not exist.
Lands that Israel has annexed were not invaded. They were captured after fighting off invaders. In the case of the Sinai Peninsula, the land was returned in a goodwill gesture that was only met with more violence.
John Ryan, North Bellmore
In response to the letter writer who wanted to know why Americans join the Israeli army , I want to say this: Americans who have heart address wrongs wherever they arise in the world.
Obviously, Americans see a great injustice being perpetrated against Israel. The Americans who died in the Israeli army were trying to rectify a wrong and help Israel defend itself from these rockets, which have been raining down for years.
Stanford M. Altschul, Oceanside
I was surprised, not at the fact Americans were fighting for Israel, but that there was any surprise that two Americans had elected to do so. Americans, as our history has repeatedly shown, have always been at the forefront in volunteering to fight for a just cause. In just the past century, before the United States formally became involved in two world wars, many Americans volunteered to fight and die in Europe for a cause they believed to be just.
Elgin Alexander, Smithtown
The Associated Press article "Heaviest air attacks strike Gaza" [News, July 30] was almost Hamas propaganda. The headline and most of the body of the article described Israeli bombing of a United Nations school.
Only in the last two paragraphs did the story mention that rockets were found stored at the UN school.
Jeffrey Solomon, Cedarhurst