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Created by John Eipper on 05/20/21 3:45 AM

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In Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, Extremists on Both Sides Distort Information (Henry Levin, USA, 05/20/21 3:45 am)

I am very upset about the Israeli air response in Gaza and the "collateral" damage and deaths. The US has a moral responsibility to put pressure on the Israelis and Hamas to establish a ceasefire and initiate a negotiation process that addresses not only the immediate issues, but a long-term approach encompassing collaborative solutions on grievances and other issues (e.g. water).

But the interjection of one WAIS report that the thousands of rockets sent to attack cities (largely defended by the "Iron Dome") are just "bottle rockets" is such a deliberate distortion of the Hamas attacks that it is Trump-like propaganda, unworthy of inclusion in a WAIS exchange. Discussion and exchange should be held to to honest information (horrendous as it may be) by WAIS participants and others who favor moving forward to terminate these hostilities.

It is not a surprise that the extremists on both sides distort information, but WAISers should be held to a much higher standard than terming explosive military rockets as fireworks for entertainment of noise and light, hardly analogous to military rockets with explosives that can fly hundreds of miles to culminate in explosions among civilian targets. Yes, they are countered in many cases by the Iron Dome, but their purpose is to destroy and kill, not create a harmless fireworks display.

I also hope that Netanyahu's support erodes dramatically in the upcoming election, and he is not replaced by equally repugnant leaders. The US needs to reduce its financial support for Israel and limit it to promising paths of reconstruction in Gaza and challenging West Bank settlements and illegal expulsions of Palestinians, as well as requiring collaborative efforts to resolve disputes and establish political and infrastructural collaboration.

JE comments:  In a call yesterday to Netanyahu, Biden said he "expects" a de-escalation of the attacks on Gaza.  Not exactly "demands," but a tad stronger than "requests."  The two warring parties don't seem interested in making peace, however.  Netanyahu affirms Israel's right to "self-defense," while Hamas among other acts has attacked shipments of humanitarian aid from Jordan.

Who can walk us through the Byzantine workings of Netanyahu's coalition?  In realistic terms, how endangered is his job?

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