- - Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Israel has one major impediment: It is a modern, liberal democracy with a rule of law and a morality that dates back 3,500 years (“Bennett visits el-Sissi for talks at Red Sea resort,” World, Sept. 14). Its neighbors are autocratic, tribal peoples who employ violence as their preferred mode of diplomacy. Arab loyalty is to the family first, then to the clan. The attachment to a nation or nationality is more remote.

In the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel is at a disadvantage. Terrorist entities, such as Iran, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Hezbollah can turn up the heat at will. They have no one to answer to. Israel responds to threats and attacks as it sees fit, but it does not initiate aggressive actions.

Attacking Israeli fields and forests is akin to bombing Saudi Arabia’s oil wells. Saudi oil wealth and Israeli agriculture both play an important role in their nations’ psyches.

Terrorists sending balloon bombs into Israel or rockets will bring retaliation.

At some point, America will take its knee off Israel‘s neck and allow it to vanquish Hamas. New leadership in Gaza will be a relief for Israel, Egypt and Palestinian Arabs, particularly the Gazans.



LEN BENNETT

Author, “Unfinished Work: Letters in Defense of Israel, the Jewish People and the Truth”

Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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