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January 05, 2009

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Kol HaKavod! It is very difficult to talk about this subject, let alone openly support the State of Israel in this crisis. From the news reports, and the obvious disparity in casualties, it does at first seem like the Israeli Goliath is attacking innocent, unarmed civilians. But as you point out, that is not what is really going on.A civil war erupted in the Palestinian territories, and an umbrella arm of Iran, Hamas, took over the Gaza strip - shedding much blood of their fellow Palestinians. Since then Hamas has kept up its violent acts of war aimed solely at Jewish civilians, towards their openly stated goal of destroying the State of Israel.I can't think of any country in the world that would allow a terrorist army to launch thousands of rockets at them, without a response strong enough to wipe out the problem.I wish that the Palestinians would develop the same ability for self-criticism that the Jewish people developed long ago. If only they would say "No" to Hamas and Iran, and yes to many opportunities to have their own state.Peace has always been within their grasp. I pray that they accept it.I'll close with two thoughts from Golda Meir."[The Arabs] will stop fighting us when they love their children more than they hate [Jews]." "When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons."With prayer for a lasting Shalom for all,Robert Kaiser

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