Editorial: Israel's right to defend its citizens

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 8:02 PM

The United States needs to lead a push for a diplomatic solution.

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hobie2Nov. 19, 12 8:35 PM

The Israeli government would have a better case if they didn't start conveniently bombing the Palestinians every November-before-January-elections, and if they didn't end up with more Israelis settlers in Palestinian areas a year after they "defend themselves"... Evey time... Kind of hard to see their actions doing the same thing a dozen times and believe that their words saying something else mean anything...

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obamafone4meNov. 19, 12 8:41 PM

The civilized world should act to destroy those that attack Israel.

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sealbeachjerNov. 19, 12 8:43 PM

Sorry, but the Palestinians have the right to defend themselves against Israeli terrorism. You yourself point out that the hundreds of Palestinian missiles of supposingly increased sophistication have killed three Israelis, while Israel has killed over 100 Palestinians. Most of them are unarmed civilians. It is clear who the terrorist is here. The numbers are similar to those in other Palestinian-Israeli conflicts. It is clear that the Israelis are the terrorists, and that immediately takes away the right of Israel to "defend itself". This is not self-defense. This is vengeful retaliation. You mention nothing of Palestinian reasons to fire missiles at Israelis. How about the multi-decade-long habit of Israel of simply taking Palestinian land, destroying Palestinian homes, and building Israeli settler homes in their place. If Canada did that to the United States we would immediately find an excuse to bomb Canada with atomic bombs.

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lalahemNov. 19, 1210:22 PM

They lost the moral high ground the day they started construction of that wall. The Warsaw Ghetto apparently has been forgotten and the oppressed have become the oppressors.

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chh555Nov. 19, 1211:25 PM

The policies of Israel need to be objectively reviewed on a regular basis. I think we all expected Mr. Obama to take a more objective approach in the area yet it seems he has yielded to the massive lobbying power that Israel wields in this country. To claim that god has given the land to a certain people is absurd. This conflict lies at the root of the religious and political unrest which enflames the region and our unreserved support of Israel has cost us dearly.

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riley44Nov. 20, 1212:08 AM

While Hamas leaders are stupid for their hard line stance against Israel's right to exist, the important question is How many palestinian civilians has Israel killed ? How many Israeli civilians has Hamas killed ? Who is really terrorizing who ? Israel should take the high ground if they want to distinguish themselves from their enemy. Instead they kill innocent civilians and call it part of the cost of defending themselves. Shameful.

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whalesmnNov. 20, 1212:52 AM

Why, every time Israel responds to these terrorists firing hundreds or thousands of missiles at them every couple of years just for the heck of it, are there always immediate calls for a ceasefire? The Israeli response thus far pales in comparison to the obscene destruction occurring daily in Syria, so why does everyone get so worked up as to whether Israeli attacks on terrorist forces and their supporters should continue or not? Maybe it is time to let the two sides go at it for awhile until one side or the other finally wins. This ongoing stalemate only prolongs the misery of this seemingly never ending fight for both sides.

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barbjensNov. 20, 12 6:40 AM

Would Israel be so agressive if the USA did not give them money/aid to have all the "power" that they think they have? They seem to do VERY WELL compared to the Palestine people. Having their own "country" is fine but I think they sometimes let it go to their head and think they can push others as they have in the past.

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theruntNov. 20, 12 7:31 AM

Curious, how the area is epicenter of three great faiths -- Islam, Christianity and Judaism -- and also, an epicenter of danger, hatred and bloodshed. God works in mysterious ways.

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FrankLNov. 20, 12 9:26 AM

Everyone blames Israel, but note that Egypt also seals their border with the Gaza strip. If Egypt is concerned about the plight of the Gazans, why don't they let them resettle in Egypt?

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