Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Israel blockaded Gaza to put an end to the murderous misuse of that territory for attacks on neighboring Israeli farm families (“Freedom Flotilla flotsam,” Commentary, Wednesday).

Furthermore, the blockade comes only after years of thankless efforts by Israel to secure international cooperation - cooperation it has rarely received - in stopping these attacks. The blockade’s vital necessity is demonstrated anew with each passing day’s cross-border rocket salvos by Palestinian terrorists - terrorists who originate from a Gaza refuge under the watch of international observers who have turned blind eyes to the terrorists’ deadly abuse of an aid flotilla to distract and obfuscate.

Only when the lives of Israeli farmers are valued equally by the international community with those of Gaza’s Palestinians will we perhaps find our way to guaranteeing that supplies sent to the conflict zone are for humanitarian purposes rather than inhuman ones. Until then, Israel must not be left without allies in her defense of the breach.

RON GOODDEN

Atlanta



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