Letter: It‘s easy to criticize Israel from afar

Aug 28, 2018 at 4:30 AM

It is always surprising and disappointing when someone needs to buttress his anti-Israel argument by identifying himself “as a Jew.” Nothing else in Steven Farber’s rant about the Middle East (“Israel uses its might to obliterate its foes,” Saturday letter) makes any effort to support his vitriol toward a democracy under attack with facts or serious information.

Israel hosts more journalists from around the world than nearly any other country anywhere. Were it true that “Israeli Jews that object to their government’s behavior are routinely beaten and jailed for their courage,” we might have heard the names of at least a few. But the reality is that Israel, the only democracy anywhere in the Middle East, has a robust opposition in its Knesset (Parliament) and a very strong tradition of protests, labor strikes and other acts of opposition to the government that continue uninhibited.

Farber has great confidence in the power of Israel’s army and air force, but he might also consider the power of nuclear weapons, which in the hands of an Iranian regime would be a true existential threat, not only to Israel, but also to Europe and possibly beyond.  Farber isn’t at all concerned about fire kites that have burned thousands of acres of Israel’s farmland, or a “measly little rocket,” one of which landed recently in the yard of a kindergarten.

Living in Reynoldsburg, he doesn‘t have to worry about those things. He would only need to worry if his children might want to play outside in any of the dozens of villages and cities that are in easy firing range of the Gaza border.

It’s easy to criticize from 7,000 miles away. Living in a place where enemies daily advertise their desire to murder you and your children is a bit different.

Harold Berman, Bexley

 

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