Palestinians made bed they now lie in

To try to answer those who bash Israel (Jew and non-Jew) sitting in the comfort of homes not under attack by rockets is probably pointless. But one can try.

What would you do if 80 percent of your country were under rocket attack-for years? But then, attacking Jews through the ages has never been considered a crime against humanity. The Arabs were offered their own state at least six times since 1937, and they rejected it. Their goal then and now is to destroy Israel, not live in peace. I was there in 1967 when, because of a defensive war foisted on her, Israel moved into Gaza and the "West Bank." The true history showed that Israel offered to give back ALL in return for true peace. At Khartoum, the Arabs again rejected this offer. Hear the cry! End the occupation. There was no occupation from 1948 to 1967, but there was no peace. Israel left Gaza in 2005 and got the terrorists Hamas and rocket attacks!

Israel left southern Lebanon and got Hezbollah. What would you expect if they left the West Bank?

Hamas uses human shields.

As for money for Israel, she gets less than Arab countries and 90 percent of this military aid is spent in the United States providing jobs. Israel is the only reliable ally in that cesspool known as the Middle East. Time constraints do not permit me to list all the benefits that Israel has provided the United States.

So to all you Israel (and probable Jew haters) spouting off nonsense, I say even Israel has the right to defend herself.

Marvin Engel

Piedmont

Israelis fight Islamist threat to whole world


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In a July 26 letter -- a screed of hatred entitled "U.S. aids and abets slaughter in Gaza" -- the author touts her hatred of Jews/Israel, her ignorance of the facts of the conflict (which are theological) and the nature of asymmetric warfare.

Islam defines itself as the only true religion on earth; all others religions must be destroyed. Since the Jews of Arabia first refused to convert to Mohammed's new religion, Islam has shown hatred for Jews. From its inception, deceit has been integral to Islam's military approach; a peace treaty with the Jews of Medina was broken and the Jews of that city slaughtered.

The Muslim Brotherhood was created in the 1920s as a political approach to achieve world dominion for Islam. Today, its offshoots include al-Qaida and Hamas. The charter of Hamas openly calls for not just the destruction of Israel, but the murder of every Jew on earth. Hamas, a fully funded franchise of Iran, describes Israel as "Little Satan." The "Big Satan" is America.

Hamas has placed much of its military hardware amid its civilian population. Should Israel target the sites from which rockets are made or launched, civilians will likely be injured, and the world will castigate Israel for having the temerity to defend itself from thousands of rockets aimed at civilians. The United Nations found that Hamas had placed munitions at a U.N. school -- and then returned that ordnance, to be launched against Israeli civilians.

Israel has built bomb shelters and the Iron Dome missile system to protect its citizens; Hamas uses its citizens to protect its missiles. Recently, Israel has accepted and Hamas refused several Egyptian- and Arab League-proposed truces.

In the past decade, Gaza has received billions of dollars of aid but has not built one new school or one new hospital. Those funds have been used by Hamas/PA to buy weapons (remember the Karine A smuggling ship) and to build tunnels into Israel and Egypt. These are not flimsy crawl spaces, but, as Egypt has found, tunnels through which a car can drive and large missiles be transported.

The media constantly shows the damage in Gaza, but rarely shows Israelis running to bomb shelters. Near Gaza, when Israeli air raid sirens sound, people have 15 seconds to reach bomb shelters. To bring a local perspective, imagine rockets launched from San Francisco directed at Oakland and now being able to reach San Jose.

The media equate greater numbers of deaths with being "in the right." Since more Gazans die than Israelis, Israel is therefore the evil party and Gaza Arabs are the poor, righteous ones. But recall that after Germany's blitz of rocket attacks against London during World War II, Britain responded by carpet bombing Munich, with the deaths of tens of thousands of German civilians. Does that disproportionate death rate teach that fascist Germany had the moral high ground during World War II? Of course not.

If Israel wished, it could carpet bomb Gaza; it does not do so. It targets military goals; Hamas relishes the civilians deaths, for it treats it civilians as pawns in a propaganda war.

Josef Göbbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, astutely noted that if you tell a big enough lie long enough people will believe it. Learn objective facts. The U.S. Congress supports Israel because Israel daily faces the same Islamist scourge that attacked us on 9/11.

Fred Korr

Oakland

Thorough column on Delta hit nail on head

Paul Rockwell's Friday column on the Delta represents one of the most accurate and comprehensive reviews of California's vexing water problems. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with California's future.

Gene Rose

Oakland