IT’S ISRAELI STRENGTH AND NOT HAMAS WEAKNESS THAT PROTECTS ISRAEL
I was reading last week’s edition of the JC as rockets rained down upon Tel Aviv, and read Geoffrey Alderman’s article with a sense of incredulity. He quoted the novelist Louise Mensch as saying that “Gaza rocket strikes have killed no Israelis, they don’t work, they are the weak efforts of losers”.
It was as if, by some perverse logic, consciously or subconsciously, she could only justify Israel’s retaliatory reaction to the deadly rocket onslaught by Hamas and other jihadists, if scores of Israelis had been killed or maimed. The reason so far that horrific scenario has not happened, is not because the rockets are duds but because Israel protects its citizens, while Hamas leads the Palestinian population to disaster after disaster.
Since time immemorial, wars have been fought and tragically civilians have been killed. Thousands have lost their lives in Syria, and will sadly continue to do so. The blame for this latest, hopefully short, war falls squarely on Hamas’s shoulders, and those, like Iran, who fan the flames of hatred for Israel.
With a daughter living in Tel Aviv who has been deeply traumatised by recent events, it has become obvious to me that this conflict is not a game to be played on a level playing field, but a desperate battle for survival against tyranny and those who seek Israel’s destruction no matter what the cost. Robert Dulin Colne Road London N21
I accuse the press for printing false photos and captions so often misleading and doctored that demonise and delegitimise Israel.
I accuse the press of being obsessed with Israel and the Jews to the detriment of other humanitarian crises that need their support and exposure.
I accuse Hamas for not accepting the ceasefire brokered by Egypt thus carrying full responsibility for more death and destruction.
I accuse the world of abject and complete failure to understand that Israel is interested in living in peace — and not at war — with its neighbours.
I accuse the world of failing to praise the success of Israel’s Iron Dome but somehow would feel better if Jewish blood was spilt.
I accuse the world of failing to celebrate Israel’s security barrier which has protected Israel’s civilians from suicide bombers.
I accuse the United Nation of lies, deceit, double standards and injustice towards the state of Israel.
I accuse our self-loathing Jews who are all traitors to the Jewish people.
I accuse the merchants of hate and discrimination who endanger our world.
I accuse those who use immoral language such as “apartheid” and “Nazi” to malign and besmirch Israel. Shame on you.
I accuse the world for all the times it stood silent as Jews were killed and Jewish lives were destroyed. Today, we will no longer be the victims. Richard Manville Cavendish Road Salford, Lancs
Your headline of July 11 stated: “Israel grinds to a halt”. Clearly, the person who wrote the headline has not been to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or other major Israeli cities this week.
Had they visited they would have seen that life in Israel goes on almost as usual.
Even when sirens go off, we take them in our stride and continue with our everyday lives. You and all JC readers are welcome to come here and see. Sarah Fairweather Shamir Ben Zakkai Street, Jerusalem