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A letter from Israel

Just a “hasbara” piece I wrote.

Dear friends,
Just a couple of short weeks after returning from our wonderful visit, we find ourselves again at war. This one is closer to home for us, although thankfully we are not directly in harm’s way.

I wanted to write to you because as usual, the news media, the United Nations and many foreign governments are again, attacking Israel for defending herself against terror. I know that this message is being delivered to friends. To people who, though not here physically, are here with us in your hearts and thoughts and prayers. If you want to know if you can help Israel in this fight, you can. Your voices are all we have against the massive distortions of reality and the campaign to deligitimize the right of the Jewish State to defend herself.

The Arab propaganda machine, helped by most of the mainstream news wires, the UN and most of Europe’s leadership are doing their utmost to cloud the real issue here. To try to make this about crimes against the Palestinians and to characterize Israel as a monster. These are lies. People who take responsibility for knowing the truth are aware of this. People who love Israel and who apply the same moral standards to all people and all governments can and must speak out against this.

When news outlets like CNN use phrases like “assault on civilians in Gaza”, remind them of the pamphlets that are dropped and the Arabic-speaking Israeli soldiers who phone the residents surrounding Hamas targets hours in advance warning them to get out in order to minimize civilian casualties – despite the significant negative impact on our own campaign. Remind them that while the images broadcast are chaotic and bloody, the IAF has managed to acheive an incredibly miniscule 10-15% civilian casualty rate – surgical by any standard and something to be contrasted with Hamas’ 100% civilian casualty rate in their sustained rocket attacks against Israel.
Remind them that the enemy’s military leader purposely put his wives and children in a home built on an enormous weapons cache full of explosives and missiles in order to either use helpless civilians as human shields or to purposely bring about their deaths because he realizes that to the average news consumer, all he needs to do is make sure the numbers of casualties are high enough and he has acheived his goal against Israel.

When they decry the fact that there is a humanitarian crisis (caused by Israel) in Gaza, remind them that the hospitals in Gaza are now doubly crowded because of Hamas “fighters” are hiding in them.
Remind them of theline of dozens of trucks carrying food and medical supplies into Gaza – supplied by Israel – in the days before the operation.

When you hear that familiar, ridiculous phrase “disproportionate response”, remind them that this operation follows over 4000 rockets and another 4000 mortar shells fired out of Gaza into Israel at Israeli towns in the last 8 years. Towns with special centers set up to handle the thousands of residents being treated for chronic anxiety from living with constant sirens.
Towns whose children haven’t had one school year without major interruption because their schools aren’t constructed to withstand mortars. Towns whose kindergartens and daycare centers are set up in bomb shelters because when a kassam rocket is fired, there is only a few seconds to get to shelter before it falls – not enough time to collect toddlers and get them to safety.
Remind them that 6 days ago they couldn’t be bothered to care – nevermind protest and write articles – about the fact that cities in the south of Israel have been hit with rocket attacks for the last 7 years.

When the U.N. representatives from vicious Arab dictatorships are permitted to showcase their lies in the nodding forum of the security council and call this a massacre or compare it to the slaughter they stood idly by and watched happen in Rwanda, they should be reminded of the Rafah crossing into Egypt – which could be used to bring supplies into Gaza just like the crossings from Israel could, but instead is a line of empty waiting Egyptian ambulances because Hamas won’t let the injured out to Egyptian hospitals.

That in contrast with the construction worker in Ashkelon – an Israeli Arab critically injured by a grad rocket, who was rescued by Israeli paramedics and treated by Israeli doctors just the same as if he were a Jewish citizen of Israel. Because the implication that this is an ethnic conflict is a slap in the face to every Jew on this earth and something we must immediately expose as the twisted lie that it is.

Show your support for those few lonely administrations who are not willing to trade their moral integrity to appease the Arab world and are standing up to state the very simple truth that Israel is only protecting her own civilian citizens and that it is within every state’s right to do that.

Never fall for the equivalence pushed by media whose motives are political correctness (or worse). Do not be afraid to speak out for the moral superiority of Israel’s value system over that of Hamas’. This just excuses the unspeakable crimes they have committed against both Israel and their own people.

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Filed under: Israel, Palestinian, Terror

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